iPad Note-Taking Apps Students and Professionals Should Try


The iPad has become a staple for the note-taking needs of many students and professionals. Many note-taking apps today even let you take notes on your iPhone or Mac. Let’s take a look at some popular note-taking apps to see what works for you. Remember that these apps will work on all current iPad models.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote was previously on my list of five favorite apps I use as a student. This is great for students who use a mix of Apple and non-Apple devices. Many colleges, universities, and employers offer a free subscription to Microsoft Office that includes OneNote. So, unlike some other apps, you won’t have to pay extra.

In the app you can easily create notebooks for each class. You can also create separate tabs in Notepad, insert photos, edit PDFs, and embed notes in meetings under your Outlook account. Plus, if you prefer taking notes on your computer, OneNote is just as easy on the Mac.


The app offers two subscription models: Evernote Personal for $7.99 per month and Evernote Professional for $9.99 per month. It’s best to do some research before determining which plan meets your needs.

The free version of Evernote is quite basic and lacks many features of the paid plans. However, this app could be especially useful for businesses as the Professional subscription integrates the app with Google Calendar, Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft Teams, and more. Additionally, multiple users can be on the account, allowing employees to collaborate on tasks and track progress. It’s also really cool that users can export their notebooks to PDF and add widgets.

Good grades 5

GoodNotes 5 is the app I currently use for taking notes on my iPad. Unlike other apps, it really simulates a traditional pen and paper experience. Like Apple Notes, you can convert your handwriting to text, a favorite feature of many. Additionally, you can search through your notes, resize your writing, choose from a variety of paper templates, and create flashcards.

GoodNotes offers three notebooks for free. After using them, you will have to pay a one-time fee of $7.99, which will give you unlimited laptops.


Notability is very limited for users with free accounts, so if you’re not looking to spend the money, this isn’t the app for you. However, people love it for its variety of themes, stickers, and yearly planning tools. Also, for those of you who don’t like math, it has a tool called Math Conversion to help you out.

Turn handwritten equations into scalable, high-resolution images. Color-coded equations will retain their original colors.

People even create beautiful sketches with the app, so if you frequently sketch in your notes, you might like Notability. The app is free but requires an $11.99 per year subscription to access most features.

Apple notes

Apple Notes is a free app that is automatically downloaded to any iPad, iPhone or Mac. Not only can you track your thoughts, but it integrates with your Apple Calendar and Reminders, works with Siri, lets you collaborate with others, lock notes, and scan documents. There is so much in this easy to use app that makes it perfect for any student or professional.

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The Notes app on iPhone and iPad works identically and syncs seamlessly.

Check out my guide on how to get the most out of Apple’s Notes app:

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Best iPad Note-Taking Accessories

Accessories help you make your note-taking experience the best it can be. However, when buying, you just need to make sure that the product you are buying is compatible with your iPad model. Also note that for some of these items, buying second-hand can save you a fair amount of change and will often be delivered to you in pristine condition.

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What’s your favorite note-taking app? Is it one that is not on the list? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

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