10 Note-Taking Apps To Assist Students

One of the biggest struggles that my son faced was note taking due to his disabilities.  The school system balked at making accommodations at first but in the end, we were able to find ways to assist him.  He had a struggle with writing and organizing their notes while listening. Added to this he had trouble keeping up with a teacher because of processing speed issues. Now technology had made these note-taking apps that can help out.


With AudioNote, students can record lectures and type or draw notes at the same time. The app automatically syncs the recorded audio to a student’s notes, creating a lecture with matching notes. Students can jump around in the audio by clicking the notes they’ve taken. This lets them review the lecture through sound and notes. AudioNote can be very helpful for students with auditory processing disorder.

Price: $4.99 (a lite version is available for a free trial)

Available for: iOS, Android


Evernote lets students take notes across multiple devices. They can create and organize notebooks for different subjects, using lists, text, images, sounds and other media. Evernote’s interface is simple, which may be helpful for kids who are easily distracted. Students can also customize the app’s appearance through highlighting, fonts and color-coding, and share notes they’ve created.

Price: Free (Premium features are available for $24.99 a year)

Available for: iOS, Android

Index Card Board

Remember taking notes on index cards when you were in school? Index Card Board allows students to do the same, but on an iPad. This app lets kids create and write an unlimited number of digital index cards. They can add notes and images to the cards, and also share them through the app or on services like Dropbox. Students can also rearrange the index cards. This could be helpful for organizing ideas for a story or an essay.

Price: $4.99

Available for: iPad

Inspiration Maps

Inspiration Maps is a mind-mapping tool. A mind map is a way of representing ideas in a visual way. For example, instead of making a list of historical events, students can put each event in a bubble and connect it to similar events with lines. Visual learners may like Inspiration Maps. It lets students create several kinds of mind maps. These include diagrams, brainstorms, and outlines. The app also has built-in templates for taking notes in various subjects, like English, history, and science. There’s a similar version of this app for younger kids called Kidspiration Maps.

Price: $9.99 (a free trial version is available)

Available for: iOS


When it first came out in 2015, LiquidText won numerous awards for its innovative approach. Through gestures like pinching and swiping, students can import and manipulate digital text. They can grab a piece of text from one page and move it to another page to compare it. Or they can scroll through different parts of a book at the same time. They can also take notes and pull out key passages and terms.

Price: Free

Available for: iPad


This app lets students import digital text and then take notes in the margins of that text. After they make their notes, students can use the app’s tools to create notes for a summary, mind maps and flash cards. MarginNote may be especially helpful for high-schoolers and college students who are tackling longer, more complex texts like books and articles.

Price: $6.99 (a free trial version is available)

Available for: iOS


MindMeister is another mind-mapping app. Students can customize the color and look of their maps. MindMeister has some great options for letting different users work together on the same mind map. The app also allows students to assign dates and priorities to different ideas and notes. Mindomo is another free mind-mapping tool to consider.

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available for: iOS, Android


Notability is a fun tool for taking and organizing notes. Students can draw and type notes, or record audio notes. There are features to capture sound and images from the classroom, as well as add media like photos. Notes can be shared via email or through services like Google Drive and Dropbox. The app allows kids to get creative with their notes, so students with an artistic side may especially enjoy it.

Price: $5.99

Available for: iOS


With this app, students can handwrite notes on a tablet or mobile phone with their finger, digital pen or stylus. Students who like to handwrite notes but want to move away from pen and paper may enjoy Squid. It lets students choose various kinds of digital paper, including ruled and graph. They can save notes, organize them into folders and share them. With a subscription, students also can import PDFs and annotate them, use virtual highlighters and add shapes to their notes.

Price: Free ($1 month for premium features)

Available for: Android


Like Notability, Whink allows students to draw or type notes, or record audio notes. Students can add sound and images from the classroom and from the web. They can also share their notes. Students who like modern design may like Whink’s sleek interface.

Price: $4.99

Available for: iOS


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