So, you have made the decision to become more sophisticated and chic. What a wonderful idea! Making the decision is the easy part, the next step is more difficult, but not impossible.
There is a lot of information out there to become a classy woman, but it can be PRETTY overwhelming.
Fortunately, in this article, I am sharing the distinctive traits of an exceptional woman to help you get started.
In this post:
- Boost Your Confidence as a Classy Woman
- Being a Classy Woman in a Relationship
- Easy Ways to be a Classy Woman
Boost Your Confidence as a Classy Woman
1. Walk with Confidence
One sure way to build up your confidence is to walk with confidence. Avoid looking down at the group when walking- keep your shoulders back and your head held high.
I know at times that may be something that is difficult. I have days where I just want to look down and act as no one can see me.
However, I try to give myself a pep talk and remind myself that I can do this. I have the ability to overpower negative thoughts and bring out positive ones.
I pick my head up, push back my shoulders and walk with confidence. If I can do it, so can you.
2. Don’t be Afraid of Self-Care
We can all be busy, whether you’re focused on work, school, friends, family, etc. When we have to focus on so many different things, it can be difficult to remember to take care of ourselves.
This is why it is important to make your self-care routine a priority.
Take days off from everything else and watch your favorite show, get your hair and nails done, take a bath, just unplug from everything else.
I have to force myself to do this quite often. I get wrapped up in schoolwork and have to force myself to take a break.
Once I do, I feel so much better. I guarantee you will come back refreshed, with a clear mind, and will be able to function much better.
3. Dress Tastefully and in Your Style
When you are dressed the way that you like, whether that’s comfortable or all out, you will be confident. If you feel like you have to wear certain clothes, then you will be focused on how uncomfortable you are.
I know that my discomfort and self-consciousness are magnified if I am wearing clothes that do not fit at all. So, if I am in clothes that are not my style, then I will not be successful or confident.
4. Pursue Your Interests
What is the one thing that piques your interest? The one thing that you would do anything to pursue as a hobby or even a career. Well, stop just allowing that interest to live in your mind and make it a reality.
When you follow your heart, confidence will come naturally. If you just stick with what you feel you have to do, the confidence will not come as naturally.
This is something I had to work toward. I am pursuing a career that combines my love of music and writing, and my confidence derives from the passion I feel for my work.
5. Keep Your Belongings Clean and Organized
It’s easy to let your belongings become disorganized and cluttered. You tell yourself that you’ll straighten everything up soon, but it just keeps piling on.
That was me during the last two weeks of the spring semester. My room became a bit of a mess and I just kept putting off straightening up until after I had all my work completed.
However, once I finally deep cleaned and organized everything, I felt so much better. This is why when you keep your belongings organized and everything clean, you will feel more confident.
Cleanliness and organization is a huge indicator for sophistication. It allows you to find things easier, reduces stress when getting ready or doing work, and helps you be more productive.
You can present your best self and help increase your sophistication.
6. Stay True to Your Word
When you make a promise, it’s important to stay true to what you say. Even though at times it can be difficult; sometimes things come up, or it can be easier to do the opposite or change your mind.
I know at times, I agree to do something or go somewhere and I later decide I may not want to go through with it.
However, staying true to your word builds trust with those around you and they will find you to be more sophisticated. After you complete the task and stay true to your word, you feel accomplished and confident.
7. Focus on Your Education
Whether you are in high school, college, or pursuing some sort of training, it’s important to stick with it and see it through. At times it can be difficult, you may want to give up.
You may want to stop and come back to it later. It may seem like you cannot get through it.
However, with perseverance, you can get through it. The end will come and you feel accomplished and full of confidence.
The feeling of accomplishing something you worked so hard for is an amazing feeling. I know I am getting one step closer to completing my degree.
With each accomplishment, I am improving my skills, and reaching elegance and sophistication.
8. Do Not Compare Yourself to Others
This may be one of the more difficult traits on the list. I’m guilty of constantly comparing what I look like to others, what I have accomplished, my work, etc.
Sometimes I compare myself to others without even realizing it.
I have to consciously tell myself to stop doing so, because it is not good for my self-esteem and or for sustaining my unique qualities.
You will not make progress if you compare yourself to others. A classy woman strives to be unique and focus on her own work and skills rather than others’ accomplishments.
9. Keep to a Schedule, Be Punctual
Once again, a classy woman needs to keep herself organized and reliable. Of course, this is another element of being a classy woman that is not an easy task.
However, a schedule is the basis of organization. It will help you complete tasks and remain punctual.
For many, punctuality is the most important trait while also being the most difficult. Life happens, you sleep in, misplace keys, etc., and before you know it you’re behind schedule.
This is why I always leave with plenty of time to spare and get ready with plenty of time for mishaps.
Habits do not change overnight. However, once you make these changes slowly, you will begin to see an increase in your confidence in your abilities to be punctual and keep to a schedule.
A classy woman does not rely on others to be successful or boost her confidence. She finds her confidence in herself and thrives on independence.
She counts on herself to get stuff done because she knows she can trust herself.
However, like many traits on this list, this confidence builds up overtime, it is not an overnight change.
This is something I am working on, and I’m slowly realizing I can count on myself more. While independence seems scary at first, I feel more confident.
11. Radiate Authenticity
This trait of a classy woman can be attached to several traits on this list. No matter what you do, you have to remain authentic. You do not try to change yourself to mimic the traits of others or who others tell you to be.
A classy and confident woman represents who she truly is. This is something I always try to live by. I wear what I want, pursue my interests, listen to music I like, and overall just live my life how I want to.
I feel confident in my abilities to be successful as my authentic self.
12. Accept Feedback from Others
While this may seem contradictory to some of the points that have been brought up earlier, a classy woman listens to what others have to say and decides if they will help or hurt them.
This does not mean letting others tell you what you need to do, but rather accepting constructive criticism.
You listen to others, you do not attack others for what they have to say and you decide to apply their suggestions if you think it’ll benefit you.
13. Be a Role Model for Others
A classy woman is aware of how she is perceived by others and how her actions are interpreted.
This is why a woman who pays attention to how she acts and chooses to act in a way that portrays her as a role model, is more confident.
I may not act perfectly all the time, but I try my hardest to be a role model when I can, which allows me to feel more confident.
14. Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
Trying new things can be scary. We can get stuck in our habits and routines, becoming comfortable with what we know and the idea of trying new things is the exact opposite of what we want to do.
I’m guilty of this, too. I will have the same coffee drink, sleep the same way, wear the same clothes, go to the same places.
However, a classy woman is someone who welcomes new experiences. She will try new places to eat, shop, spend time at, etc.
They are open to wearing new things if they feel like it suits their style. When they try new things and it works in their favor, their confidence improves.
This is why this is a must for building confidence in a classy woman.
15. Build Up Your Self-Esteem, Know Your Worth
In order to be a classy woman, you need to build up your self-esteem and know your worth. You must understand that you are not someone who deserves to be walked over.
You are one in a million and should be treated as such.
This is something I am always working on as there are days where my self-esteem is lacking. However, when I work on building up my self-esteem and treat myself as such, my confidence goes up.
This is why in order to be a classy woman you need to know your self-worth.
16. Celebrate Small Personal Wins
Who says celebrations only have to be over large wins? Do not be afraid to boost your self-esteem with celebrations for small wins.
Did you get an A on a hard test? Treat yourself to a dessert or a new shirt. Did you show up early to every obligation you had this week? Treat yourself to your favorite place to eat.
It doesn’t have to be anything huge, just something that acknowledges your small win.
This is something I love to do. I will buy myself something I have been wanting as a celebration for finishing a semester or completing many intense assignments.
Acknowledging your accomplishments will boost your confidence.
It is not selfish, you are not bragging. It is just a classy woman, celebrating a small win.
17. Face Your Fears
This goes along with not being afraid of trying new things. A classy woman is not afraid to try and face small fears they have. I am not saying you have to face your biggest fear, but you have to start somewhere.
It’ll be scary at first, but once you face it you will feel even more confident.
This is something I have to force myself to do from time to time. I may be afraid to do something, and have to work up the courage to face the fear, but I’m always proud of myself after the fact.
I feel like I can do anything, which is why this is a trait of a classy woman.
Being a Classy Woman in a Relationship
18. Have Empathy for Others
Empathy means being able to understand and share the feelings that others have. In a relationship, you have to be able to have empathy toward your partner.
This is why to be a classy woman in a relationship, you need to have empathy.
This will allow you to better understand your partner. You can understand what your partner is feeling and going through. You can put yourself in their shoes.
This will allow you to better help your partner and see what you can do to help them. It may be difficult to do at first, but once you do, it will only help your relationship.
19. Be Dependable
This one goes along with a previous trait mentioned, be organized and punctual. This one goes beyond just being on time for events.
This means being there when your partner needs you. If they need help, you are there, if they need to be somewhere, you are there.
If you say you are going to do something, you are there. They can count on you for whatever they need. I feel like I am a dependable person. I help where I am needed.
I show up on time and I am there when I am called.
However, as for most things, there is always a need for improvement. This is what a classy woman in a relationship is. She is a dependable and reliable person.
20. Be Accommodating When Necessary
Relationships are about compromise. Sometimes, the two of you have to be able to work with one another in order to come to an agreement.
Your partner may be stubborn or want to do certain things a certain way. So, you may have to be accommodating to some of their quirks.
Maybe it will be how they want to do the dishes or they like the music you may not like. I know at times I have to put up listening to music I may not be all that fond of.
However, sometimes it is easier to just go with it. Other times you may be able to compromise. No matter what you decide, being accommodating in a relationship is a trait of a classy woman.
21. Be Perceptive
Part of being a classy woman in a relationship is being able to catch onto things that your partner may not realize you are catching onto.
This is a skill that I feel I am good at. I am able to pay attention and remember things that others may not realize I notice.
I may not even realize I am picking up on things until I am thinking about it later. You can pick up on ideas you can use for birthday or Christmas presents, things that maybe they want to do, etc.
This is an important trait. You may not realize how important it is until later. But, being perceptive is an important part of being a classy woman in a relationship.
22. Be Able to Work as a Team
This one goes along with being accommodating. When you are in a relationship, you are a team. You have to work together. This is part of being a classy woman in a relationship.
You are not just one person, you are a duo, a team. You have to be understanding, a good listener, open to suggestions, and understanding. It is not always about you all the time.
If they are upset, you have to listen and help them. You have to both decide what you want to do when you go out. You or your partner cannot always make every decision.
It has to be a mutual decision from time to time. A classy woman is a team player.
23. Do Not Overshare
When you are in a relationship, especially when you are first starting out, you will not want to overshare. A classy woman will not spill every detail about their life at first.
You have to get a read on your partner and what they are sharing. Use what details they share as a guide. Sometimes I have the tendency to be an open book and be willing to share anything with almost everyone.
However, I have to keep in mind, not everyone wants to hear everything. So, be careful when you are just starting a relationship.
As time goes on, you can share more information. If your partner starts sharing more, then you can as well. A classy woman is careful to overshare.
24. Keep the PDA Subtle
People either love or hate PDA. However, a classy woman in a relationship does not overdo the PDA. They know that the public is not the place to be overly affectionate.
They keep it to simple kisses or hugs and handle holding. They have boundaries that are set with their partner. You may not be opposed to PDA, but be sure to not overdo it.
So, keep that in mind when starting out your relationship. Have a discussion about how they feel about PDA and what they are comfortable with.
This is part of being accommodating and being a team. It combines multiple traits of being a classy woman.
25. Celebrate Your Partner’s Achievements
Just like you celebrate your small achievements, a classy woman also celebrates her partner’s accomplishments. They do not have to have a large celebration, just a small acknowledgment of getting a new job or getting an A on a project.
You can buy his favorite dessert, watch his favorite movie, eat at his favorite restaurant, whatever he wants to do. You are just acknowledging that you are proud of him and his accomplishment.
This once again ties back to being a team. You celebrate your teammates’ accomplishments, so celebrate your partner’s wins, big or small.
26. Make Eye Contact During Conversation
A classy woman knows the importance of eye contact. Whenever you are in conversation with your partner, it is important to keep the connection.
One way to do this is to keep eye contact during the conversation. However, this does not mean creepily staring at them while you are talking.
Look at him while he is talking to you and look at him while you are talking to him. This is something I have to make sure I am aware of, especially since I am going to be interviewing people as part of my future career.
So, this is a skill that has many different uses, but in a relationship, it is very important. It will show you care about what they are saying and it will improve your connection. So as a classy woman, remember eye contact.
27. Value Trust, Respect and Sincerity
A classy woman knows that certain things need to be valued in a relationship. Three of the most important traits that need to be valued are trust, respect, and sincerity.
When you get into a relationship, it is important to have values that your partner also has.
A classy woman needs to be also to trust their partner, be respected and their partner needs to be sincere and honest with them. This also goes the other way.
Your partner should trust you, be respected and you should be sincere and honest with them. If you both value trust, respect, and sincerity, then it sets a solid base for your relationship.
28. Practice Patience
Patience is something that is important to have no matter the situation. Patience is important in friendships, family relationships, jobs, etc. Patience is a skill that I am definitely still working on.
While I am getting better at having patience, there are always situations where I could improve on my patience.
However, in a relationship, patience is extremely important. You have to be patient with your partner and they have to be patient with you. It helps build trust and understanding.
This is an important part of being a classy woman in a relationship.
29. Understand Situations From Your Partner’s Perspective
This one goes along with having empathy. A classy woman is able to understand what their partner is going through. You can put yourself in their shoes.
If they are having a bad day, you can understand that. If they are angry, try to understand why.
You can understand their situation and are able to help them if they need help. A classy woman uses this skill to better understand her partner. They should also do the same.
They should be able to put themselves in your shoes and understand what you are going through. This will help improve the relationship and build trust. Which is another important aspect a classy woman needs in a relationship.
30. Do Not Chase After Anyone
A classy woman doesn’t chase after anyone. A classy woman knows their worth and knows that they do not need to chase after someone. They let the person come to them.
They let it all happen naturally. Chasing after someone would force a relationship to happen unnaturally. While it may seem like something that is appealing and something you need to do, it is not the answer.
If something is meant to be, it will happen. A classy woman knows that and chooses to wait and not to force something to happen. So wait and if it is meant to happen, it will happen.
31. Do Not Try to Change their Behavior
No one is perfect. That is a given. We all have bad habits and some things about us that are weird, and unusual. Usually, we do not recognize our flaws unless someone points them out.
That means, your partner probably has something that you think is weird or annoying. A classy woman does not try to change those traits unless it is dangerous or bad for the significant other.
Other than that, a classy woman lets it be. You have to let them come to the realization of wanting to change on their own. It may be difficult, but a classy woman knows they can not force it.
32. Set Boundaries for the Relationship
This one goes along with keeping the PDA subtle. When a classy woman first enters into a relationship, you have to set boundaries.
They may change as the relationship progresses, but when the relationship is new, you have to have boundaries set. What is it okay for them to share their opinions on, what kind of dates do you want to go on, etc. It is up to the two of you.
They may come naturally or you can have a discussion about it. But a classy woman knows that some boundaries may need to be set. So whether it is PDA or other relationship matter, a classy woman knows when to set boundaries.
33. Do Not Get Jealous
Sometimes without realizing it, you can get jealous easily. You may get jealous of someone’s clothes, job, relationship, etc. I know I can get jealous from time to time.
However, a classy woman knows that jealousy is a dangerous feeling. She knows she does not need to be jealous of every girl he talks to or of their friends or co-workers. A classy woman has trust in her partner and in their relationship.
Easy Ways to be a Classy Woman
34. Mind Your Posture
A classy woman knows the importance of having good posture. Whenever you are sitting in a chair, keep in mind how you are sitting. Do not slouch!
Not only is it bad posture, but it is also bad for your back. I am guilty of not paying attention to my posture when I am sitting and standing.
I am slouching or leaning over things. I know it is not good posture and bad for my back, but it is a habit that I am aiming to break. This is why if you want to be a classy woman, it is important to break the bad posture habit. It may be difficult at first, but you can do it.
35. Know the Power of a Smile
A smile can say a thousand words. This is why a classy woman knows the importance and power of smiling. Of course, you do not have to smile all the time.
Sometimes you are having a really bad day, you are sad, angry, or frustrated and you could not even think about smiling.
A classy woman would not force a smile either. However, a classy woman smiles when she can. She also does not overdo it. She keeps it natural. A natural, genuine smile goes a long way.
36. Watch What You Say
Sometimes, it can be easy to just let loose and say what is on your mind. You just say whatever comes to your mind without thinking about it. I can be guilty of this.
I get angry or excited and just let loose. However, a classy woman knows that sometimes that is not the way to go.
They watch what they say. They do not swear or say hurtful things out of anger. They do not exaggerate or tell lies. They think before they speak because they know their words can be powerful.
So, while it may be difficult and not an easy task, if you want to be a classy and sophisticated woman, start thinking before you speak.
37. Do Not Spread Gossip
This one goes along with watching what you say. A classy woman knows that spreading gossip is never the right thing to do. They do not spread lies about people or spread rumors that they hear from others.
I know, sometimes gossip can be fun. It can be interesting to hear what other people are saying about others and investigating if it is true. However, gossip can be hurtful and most times untrue.
So, if you want to be a classy woman, ignore the gossip that you get told. If someone tells you something, you do not add to it or spread it to others.
Trust me, I love gossip from time to time, but I know it can be dangerous. So, be a class woman and put an end to the gossip.
38. Do Things for Others
Another way you can be a classy woman is to do things for others. A classy woman enjoys helping others out because they want to, not because they have to.
They do things without being asked because they know it’ll help others. They are unconditionally supportive when a friend needs them.
I try to do this from time to time. I pick up something a friend needs from a store or pick up food if they have had a long day. I wash my roommate’s dish in the sink, etc.
They do not need to be big things. A small thing goes a long way. So be a classy woman, or even a good friend, and do something nice for someone.
39. Listen to Others in Conversations
To be a classy woman, you need to know the importance of listening to others in conversation. You need to be an active listener.
What someone is saying may be important. They may ask you a question and you do not want to be caught off guard.
It is rude to not be listening to others when you are having a conversation. You would not like it if someone did that to you.
I know it can be easy after a long day to tune someone out, but that is not what a classy woman does. So, get in the habit of being an active listener.
40. Mind Your Manners
This one is pretty obvious. If you want to be a classy woman, you have to mind your manners. All the manners you learned growing up are still just as important.
You have to say please, thank you and excuse me. Do not put your elbows on the table when you are eating.
Hold the door open for others, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough. Of course, do not chew with your mouth open. Any manners that you could think of are important to keep in mind when you are a classy woman.
It can be a lot to keep in mind at first. However, just like most things, practice makes perfect and with time it’ll all become natural.
41. Be Responsible
This goes with being punctual, keeping your word, valuing trust in a relationship, etc. If you want to be a classy woman, you have to be responsible.
You have to be able to pay any bills you have, get homework for classes done, help friends when needed, etc.
It can be a lot of pressure when you first think about it. However, some aspects are already things you do naturally. If you want to be a classy woman, you just have to pay more attention to how you are perceived.
Would someone call you responsible? If not, think about what you can do to improve and be thought of as responsible.
42. Give Sincere Compliments
When you are interacting with people, sometimes you notice something you admire and want to give them an earnest compliment. A classy woman knows this can make someone’s day and knows it has to be sincere.
The compliment should not sound forced, fake, or generic. The tone of voice and words you use should give off sincerity. If you do not mean what you say, then you should not say it.
When I give a compliment, I make sure they understand that I mean what I am saying. So, if you want to be a classy woman, pick your compliments wisely and carefully.
43. Have a Sense of Right and Wrong
Knowing the difference between right and wrong is something we learn as a child. But, a classy woman always keeps the difference between right and wrong in the back of her mind.
She knows what she should do, like help others and maintain manners. She also knows what she should not do, like spread gossip and chew with her mouth open.
Those are all simple things, but when faced with difficult choices, she uses these guides to help make those decisions.
44. Know When to Disconnect from Technology
Technology embodies our lives. We are constantly attached to our phones, laptops, tablets, TVs, computers, video games, etc.
New technology is constantly invented and put out into the world, which only furthers reliance on technology. This is why a classy woman knows when to disconnect from technology.
She can put her phone down, turn off her laptop and just be in the moment. She can have a conversation without checking her phone, she can read a book, play a board game, just be present.
Trust me, as someone who uses technology for school and work and just for fun, I know it can be difficult. But it feels good to just unplug. This is why this is a trait of a classy woman.
45. Be Adaptable When Needed
Again, like many of the traits on this list, this one ties in with several other traits of being a classy woman. Which only furthers the point that being a classy woman is not just one thing, it is several aspects of your life.
This one is similar to being accommodating in a relationship, being a team, and not trying to change people. Sometimes, it can be easy to get stuck in our ways or set on how things should be done.
However, sometimes things happen unexpectedly. Trust me, many things in my life have gone the opposite of how I have planned. However, if you are going to be a classy woman, you have to be able to adapt to change.
Maybe push dinner back or move a meeting to a different day. Whatever it is, adaptability is key.
46. Accept Compliments With Great Gratitude
Just as a classy woman gives sincere compliments, you have to accept them with sincerity and gratitude.
When paid a compliment, you have to assume they genuinely mean what they are saying, so you have to mean it when you accept the compliment.
Your response should show your appreciation for the compliment. The compliment may catch you off guard. However, do not let your response give that off. It may be a simple thank you, but it should be a sincere thank you.
Not just an “oh thank you”, it needs to be meaningful. That is what a classy woman does.
47. Respect your Elders
This should be another obvious one. A classy woman knows how important her elders are and how they deserve to be respected. They should learn from their experiences and stories.
They should talk to them and hear what they have to say often. They are people who should be looked up to and not ignored. They may be your parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, co-workers, neighbors, family, friends.
Whoever it is, cherish the time you have with them. Take an opportunity to spend time with them. Write down their stories and advice. It can be useful in the future.
A classy woman knows this importance and does not take it for granted. She appreciates and respects what they have to say.
48. Never Show Up Empty-Handed to an Event
A classy woman knows that when they are invited to an event they do not show up empty-handed. They know to bring a dessert, drink, appetizer, flowers, something for the host or hostess.
It doesn’t have to be something expensive, just something to show their gratitude for their invitation.
A classy woman would view it as her being rude if she did not show up with something. If I were invited to a party I may offer to bring something or bring something anyway.
Unless they are told to not bring anything specifically, they always show up with something in their hands. This small gesture goes a long way in the eyes of a classy woman.
49. Watch Your Body Language
Many people do not realize how their body language can say a lot of different things. A classy woman knows to pay attention to her body language.
If your arms are crossed, it may give off a sign that you are closed off. Your face may look angry, even if you are not.
If you are looking at your nails, you may appear bored. I know I am guilty of not paying attention to what my body language says. So, if you want to be a classy woman, you have to be aware of what your body is doing.
Make sure it is true to how you are feeling.
50. Stay Humble
No one likes someone who is a brag or a show-off. This is why a classy woman knows how to remain humble. She does not brag about her accomplishments, vacations, or what she bought.
She does not post on social media about everything she gets to do or has done. She keeps it to herself and maybe shares it with close friends or family unless she is asked about it specifically.
I know, I do not appreciate when people are trying to impress everyone with what they do. It can be annoying and come off as rude.
This is why classy women try to remain humble and work toward their next goal. They know they are not perfect and there is always room for improvement.
Final Thoughts on How to be a Classy Woman
As you can see, many of the traits of a classy woman overlap with one another. Elegance and sophistication are not linear. They are traits that you have to keep in the back of your mind at all times.
It is something you are constantly working on and trying to improve on. While it may seem overwhelming and difficult, I hope this list helps get you started off in the right direction.
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2) You Will Be Motivated to Weave Your Life’s Story
The main essence of any work of literature is that one can always find a story in them. This is because most literary pieces are created to record various events experienced in one’s body, mind, and surroundings.
And these experienced events are usually recorded as stories. Thus, reading more literary works can help mold the idea of ‘story creation’ early on in students.
And attending literature classes in college helps students understand the know-how of how it can be done.
3) It Can Help Improve Your Evaluation Skills
Studying literature properly is not just about plain and simple reading. But it also has a lot to do with being able to discern what one reads. And learning the art of discernment can improve one’s overall evaluation skills.
Being able to discern and evaluate then goes to help students communicate and write a whole lot better.
And this skill – of reading, evaluating, and understanding – is of paramount importance in the professional world.
4) You Can Become More Articulate
Most literary works are written in different styles because they are written by different people. And the more one reads, the more they would understand the complexities behind different writing styles.
But studying literature in college has more benefits than this.
Throughout one’s literature program, they will be put through various tests to gauge and improve their literary abilities. And one of the main abilities one can work upon is being more articulate.
This means that a good literature student would always include all the details when making any type of argument or point.
5) You Can Become a Better Writer
Yes, the ability to write well depends a lot on one’s imagination and frame of mind. But, to become a great or even good writer, one also needs to do a bit of reading.
This is because, without reading previous works, one will not be able to know the required standards for great pieces of text. And without it, one will not be able to write such that it grips their readers.
In the professional world, writers are some of the most well-paid workers. This is because they can convert heaps of information into understandable and engaging texts.
And this can help a business connect with its audience a whole lot more.
6) You Can Improve Your Interactive & Social Skills
Literature courses and programs are some of the most interactive ones around. Why? Because it involves a lot of discussions, debates, storytelling sessions, and more.
In any literature class, one can always find various types of commentaries and speeches from professors and students alike.
Literature students have the unique opportunity of digging deeper into various subject areas. And the best part is that they can do so with all of their peers together.
Learning such interactive and engagement skills from one’s classroom can help them greatly in their future careers.
7) It Can Improve Your English Skills – Better Grammar, Punctuation, & More
English is not only the most spoken but is also considered a standard language across several international communities. Thus, to grow to greater heights, sooner or later, one needs to brush up on their English skills.
Most literature programs and classes around the world are conducted in English. When one takes up a program in English, they have the opportunity of learning the language usage from the masters.
Thus, learning literature early on in life can profoundly improve one’s overall English skills, which can be crucial for career progression.
8) It Can Teach You Critical Thinking & Broaden Your Horizons
To efficiently power through a literature class or program, one needs to be able to contribute adequately. But one’s contribution is often seen as beneficial when they are also able to communicate their knowledge neatly.
A study of literature can achieve this by making students find various patterns and meanings in texts. Literature from various periods of the world also contains much information about historical cultures and traditions.
It can give a lot of insight to students about how people during different times in history were, what they did, how they thought, and more. This broadens one’s horizons and makes one look at the world in an autobiographical way.
The Bottom Line
There is no doubt that studying literature in college has several benefits for one’s life. But that being said, literature programs can be difficult in terms of learning and scoring higher grades easily.
Students should learn beforehand about all the intricacies and semantics of their desired programs. Doing so would help them know which particular literature program would be the most suitable for them.
What To Bring To College – The Ultimate 2022 College Packing List
Are you having trouble knowing what to bring to college? We’ve got you covered! Check out this essential list of what to bring to college.
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Going away for college is the beginning of a brand new journey. You are leaving home behind for three or four months to live in a place that you have never been to before.
You now have to go to classes, move into your dorm room and receive a whole new set of responsibilities since you are off on your own. This is a big transition for any college student because you are going from having to abide by your parents’ rules to forming ones of your own.
Your parents will still check in with you and make sure you are okay, but now, in college, you are allowed to become independent and make your own decisions.
Now, it is your turn to have faith in yourself and make the right choices, starting with preparing what to pack away for college. You are going to be away from home for a whole semester, so you have to make sure that you have all of the things you need.
You need accessories to jazz up your dorm room. You need enough personal care products to last the entire semester. You have to make sure that all your school supplies are packed in your backpack and that you are up to date with the latest electronics.
If you are fortunate to have your own kitchen in your dorm, you must have all of the right tools with you so that you can learn to cook your meals on campus. Through this guide to packing what you have to bring to college, you will know exactly what you need and get you on the right track!
In this article
- College Packing List for your Dorm Room
- College Packing List of School Supplies
- College Packing List of Kitchen Supplies
- Essentials for Cleaning and Bathroom
- Packing List of Personal Care Products
- Packing List of Electronics
- Food and Snacks
- Packing List of Fun Stuff
You can charge your phone and earbuds while simultaneously powering your lamp and laptop with this useful powerstrip.
It has 3 outlets, 4 USB cords, and a long, braided extension cord that is sturdy and durable.
With this handy tool, there will be no more overcrowded outlets between you and your roommates!
Keep your dorm room neat and organized with this laundry basket made by DOKEHOM.
When unfolded from its collapsed state, this hamper is 28” tall and 15” wide with aluminum handles for easy transport to the washroom.
Additionally, if you are having friends in your dorm, this laundry basket can be promptly folded up and put into your closet for easy storage.
Do you want a dorm room that always has a relaxing fragrance to it when you return after a long day of classes?
This diffuser has 8 soothing colors, 2 misting modes, and will run as long as it has water in it.
The essential oils are sold separately, but this diffuser will mark your first step into the amazing world of aromatherapy.
In your many college adventures, you always need to be prepared for any possible scenario and with this first aid kit by Johnson & Johnson, you can be one step ahead.
This kit comes with 140 pieces of emergency equipment including Band-Aids, Neosporin, hand wipes, gauzes, Benadryl itch cream, Tylenol tablets, and much, much more.
Spruce up the drab walls of your dorm with these wonderful string light decorations.
With 50 clips and 50 LED lights that stretch over 17 feet long, you can hang up all the pictures you desire.
Begin with old photos from high school, then add new ones that you took while away at college!
6. Personal Fan
Most of the time, when you have a roommate or two crammed into the same small dorm, there isn’t a lot of air circulation in your room.
This fan can change this by keeping the air flowing with its 2-speed manual control.
Due to its small size, this fan should be put on a nightstand or desk.
In college, you are going to need a good planner to help keep all of your classes, assignments, papers, and projects organized.
If you are as forgetful as I am, then this planner will do wonders for you!
It comes with 50 sheets of material and sections pertaining to certain tasks, ideas, notes, to-do lists, goals, and so on.
With this enormous pack of 60 mechanical pencils, you will probably never run out until you graduate.
This set comes with three different sized pencils ranging from thin (0.5 point) to average (0.7 point) to thick (0.9 point).
They are refillable, multicolored, and definitely an upgrade over the classic wooden pencil.
This travel laptop backpack with USB charging port is what every 15- year- old boy needs!
Comes with one separate laptop compartment which accommodates 15.6-inch laptops as well as 15-inch, 14-inch, and 13-inch laptops; one large packing compartment with plenty of space for daily needs and tech electronic accessories; and the front section comes with multiple compartments, pen pockets, and a key fob hook to keep his items organized and easily accessible.
And finally with a built in USB charger outside and built-in charging cable inside, this USB backpack offers him a more convenient way to charge his phone while walking.
10. Pen/Pencil Case
After you buy all your pens and pencils, you are going to need a cute case to store them in!
This case, made by EASTHILL, can hold up to 90 pencils or 50 pencils and has mini compartments to store all of your other trinkets.
The design is also very aesthetically pleasing and the product comes in 9 beautiful colors.
11. Office Clips Set
12. 3-Hole Punch
These might be the most gorgeous notebooks that I have ever seen.
This pack of 4 books comes with 160 pages each of A5 paper and durable double-ring binding.
However, what makes this set stand out is how aesthetically pleasing the style is!
They come in 4 lovely colors: wine red, brown, green, and ivory.
If you are the kind of person who loves to highlight their notes, these highlighters are the best tool for you.
They come in 6 pastel colors and have a clean chisel point so that you can highlight words with ease.
They are also very small, so they will fit perfectly into your pencil case.
Forget about buying regular sticky notes, this organizer might have the most impressive collection of notes that I have ever seen.
It comes with 2 sets of rectangular note pads as well as 6 sticky note index arrows.
Everything is held in a sleek leather box that comes with an added ruler!
16. 4-Pocket Binder
This is the binder that everyone should have.
It can hold up to 300 pages and has 4 expanding pockets, so you should be able to hold all of your notes, assignments, and exams.
This product is durable, so it will last you a long time, and a good size, so it will fit in your backpack nicely.
How can you bring your amazing food creations to life without the proper tools?
This set has got you covered with 33 different utensils, perfect for any type of meal you are looking to prepare.
This includes a spatula, tongs, a measuring cup, tongs, a soup ladle, and much more.
Have a lovely cooking night with your friends and roommates!
18. 2-Slice Toaster
If there isn’t a toaster in your dorm room, it may be time to get one of your own.
This toaster looks like it is straight from the 1950s.
It is a great product for a college student who loves bread and bagels as much as they love a good retro aesthetic.
It would be the perfect addition to your dorm kitchen!
Once you are done cooking, baking, and preparing your meal, you are going to have to complete the next step: straightening up your kitchen.
This set of 5 brushes by Holikme is ideal for every part of your cooking space, from scrubbing your pots and dishes to polishing your pans and countertops.
Cutting up fresh fruit and vegetables in your dorm room is impossible with a good cutting board.
This set of three cutting boards in three varying sizes is exactly what you would be looking for.
These boards are made from rubber material which makes it difficult to slice through them and they are reversible as well, so you don’t have to cut meat and produce on the same side.
Certain recipes require an exact amount of an ingredient in order for the dish to come out just the way you want it to.
If you are cooking from scratch on a weekend, this kitchen scale is the way to go!
It gives accurate measurements in ounces and pounds, so your meals will always be flawless.
This mini conversion chart is an absolute lifesaver.
With this magnet, you can convert liquid volumes and dry measurements with ease.
Unless you are the type of person who knows how many tablespoons go into a cup off the top of your head, this is the most useful accessory to stick on your mini-fridge or cabinet whenever you are cooking something new.
This durable mesh caddy made by Attmu can organize your shower in seconds.
With 8 outer compartments, you can hold your combs, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, razors, and other bathroom accouterments.
Your bathroom space will be neat and free from clutter with this necessary accessory!
This mop is small but incredibly mighty and also very easy to use!
It functions with a push pedal to wring out the mop and the mop head can simply be disinfected in the washing machine.
It is perfect for cleaning up any little messes in your dorm room before your friends come over.
Between you, your roommates, and any visitors that you may have, your dorm room is going to have a lot of trash.
These Glad trash bags are cheaper when you buy them in bulk, with this set of 90 bags costing less than 20 dollars - a bargain in my opinion.
They are also lemon-scented, great for eliminating any foul odors wafting from your trash can.
26. Linen Towel Set
This towel set is exactly what you need for the bathroom in your college dorm. These towels come in a set of 6, with 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths included. They are made with 100% cotton and are sold in a variety of colors, so be sure to choose your favorite!
If you track dirt into your dorm room, it can be quite frustrating to clean up your mess without the proper tools to do so. This broom and dustpan set is easy to use and can be easily stored in a closet or corner. There is also a comb on the inside of the dustpan so the bristles of the broom will always be clean the next time you use it!
28. Face Masks
This product is wonderful for those winter months on campus when your skin is really dry and cracked. The set includes hand lotion, body lotion, and a stick of lip balm, all made from natural ingredients like beeswax, honey, aloe vera, and sunflower seed. Everything is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free with no added dyes or pigments!
30. Facial Tools
This is the perfect tool to use on a relaxing spa day after a week of assignments and exams. Made of pure Brazilian quartz, this jade roller and gua sha set alleviates inflammation, reduces puffiness, and relaxes your skin. You can even put these tools in the fridge for an extra bit of cool soothing power!
31. Beard Kit
For anyone looking to grow or maintain a luscious beard in college, then this kit may be just what you are looking for. This set comes with beard shampoo and beard balm, to help keep your beard full and healthy, as well as a beard comb and trimming scissors, for easy maintenance.
32. Under Eye Masks
After a long night of studying, these under eye masks will do wonders. They are good for reducing puffiness and inflammation and it tightens the skin under the eyes for a rejuvenated look. These masks also come in the color of 24k gold, so you can look simply stylish while you are waiting for the magic to happen.
Everyone needs a good moisturizer to hydrate their skin when they wake up in the morning. This cleanser by Albolene is not only a great moisturizer but it is good for removing makeup as well. It is made from only 5 simple ingredients with no soap or water required!
Packing List of Personal Care Products
34. Scalp Massager
If you are looking for the perfect shower accessory that will relax your head after a stressful day in class, this scalp massager would be great for you! This product massages the scalp to reduce itchiness and promote blood circulation while preventing dandruff. It also comes in 9 cute colors!
With these healing patches, you don’t have to stress out about your skin anymore! This product comes with 96 total patches in two different sizes, 10 mm and 12mm. They are also vegan and cruelty-free. They can be worn all day and night, even throughout all your daily classes, to help get rid of any pesky skin blemishes.
If you don’t clean your pores often, you can get annoying pimples and blemishes. This device is the perfect pore cleanser that you need! The vacuum can be used in 2 intensity levels, so it works for those with sensitive skin and those with tough skin. It would be a very good addition to your skincare routine!
37. Foot File
When you spend all day walking around on campus, you can develop blisters and hardened skin on your feet that may be difficult to alleviate. This foot file will help remove any calluses or unnecessary skin on your foot so that they can become smooth and soft once again.
When you forget to charge your phone and it is on 1 percent battery with no charger in sight, it is one of the worst feelings in the world. This pack of 2 portable power banks eliminates the problem immediately. These banks are compatible with Google, Samsung, Apple, and Motorola models and include 2 USB ports, so you can charge two devices at once!
39. Sleep Headphones
These headphones are perfect for when you have trouble falling asleep and need soothing music to help wind your body down. This device could also be used while you are at the gym since they last for 10 hours of playtime in one charge and have a breathable headband.
If you are looking for a good device to play music in your dorm while you are studying, cleaning, or dancing, invest in the latest smart speaker from Amazon. You can listen to your favorite playlists from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and SiriusXM, while also being connected to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant.
This wireless charging station is most useful for a college student who has all of the latest Apple products. With this device, you can charge your iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch all at the same time. It is compatible with recent Samsung models as well and is foldable and wireless for easy transport.
Most dorm rooms don’t have a stove or even a microwave, let alone a cooking appliance as messy as a deep fryer. However, this perfectly sized air fryer will do just the trick. It can cook up to 2 quarts of food without frying it in unhealthy oils and this reduces the fat content by 70 to 80 percent.
Don’t let any leftovers from last night go to waste! This set of 16 containers in 5 different sizes is just what you need to store any kind of food, from fruits and vegetables to the pizza you had for lunch that you want to save until tomorrow. It also comes with chalkboard labels and markers so you can always mark down when the contents will be expiring.
Every dorm needs a basic tableware set. This collection comes with 12 pieces of dinnerware, including 4 10-inch plates, 4 bowls, and 4 20-ounce cups. They are made of plastic so you don’t have to worry about losing an item or throwing something out by accident.
Become the king or queen of brunch with this adorable waffle maker! You will find yourself making 4-inch waffles every day if you have this cute machine. If you are feeling experimentative, you could also put hashbrowns or cookie dough in the maker and see what happens!
47. Fitbit Versa 2
This step tracker is perfect for a student who is looking to get more active while they are away at college. The Versa 2 has so many features: it can play music, track your sleep schedule and your heart rate, can connect to Alexa, and last for at least 6 days without a charge. An essential product for those trying to be more fit!
48. Mini Projector
This mini projector is a must-have when you are having movie nights with your friends in your dorm room. It is compatible with laptops, smartphones, and TV boxes, so you can project any show or movie through these devices. This product is definitely more useful than just crowding around your computer!
49. Hand Warmers
These warmers are essential for those chilly winter months ahead, especially if you are a student going to college upstate. It can also be used as a power bank to charge your phone, 3 temperature levels ranging from “it’s a little cold outside, I need to keep my hands toasty” to “I just stuck my hands in the snow and I need to regain feeling in them once again.”
This clock looks like the strangest game of Scrabble ever played, but its unique design is a big draw for me! Not only does it look cool, but is still very useful, tracking the time through five-minute intervals. I think it would look perfect on someone’s nightstand in their dorm room.
Final Thoughts on College Packing List
Getting ready to leave for college is an incredibly difficult task because you are essentially leaving behind the life you had always known, at least for a few months, to a brand new environment.
You will become mostly surrounded by people you have never met before and you have to rely on your own decision-making to solve problems that may arise in the upcoming semester.
It may seem very overwhelming and it is easy to become stressed out during this period, especially with the preparations before you leave for college.
You want to make you have everything you need before you are off on your own, which includes your personal care products, electronics, kitchen supplies, and dorm accessories.
Hopefully, this list has helped guide you in choosing the right items to bring!
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The 30 Best Note Taking Apps – The Complete 2022 Guide
Are you looking for an easier way to take and organize your class notes? Check out these best note taking apps to help you raise your grades!
When taking notes in class, the most common way of taking them has always been with a paper and a pen, something that can be quite tiring and difficult to organize later.
In the middle of a class we may run out of ink, we may not have enough paper or we may not be able to write fast enough to keep up with the professor. And then after that, organizing the papers and folders can be a hassle.
For this reason and thanks to technology we can use our computer or our other various electronic devices to take notes in class. Taking notes from our devices can become something fundamental, since there are tools that allow us to have everything well organized and visually attractive.
Having good notes is essential in the long run when studying a series of subjects to prepare for midterms and final exams. To ease the time consuming task of taking notes, we can take them on the different models of electronics such as a tablet, phone, or laptop.
So here I leave you with the 30 best note-taking apps of 2022 to stay focused and get keep up those important grades of yours!
In this article
- Best Note Taking Apps for Mac (Ipad)
- Best Note Taking Apps for Windows (Android)
- Best Free Note Taking Apps
Best Note Taking Apps for Mac (Ipad)
Overview: Notability for iOS is a different notes app. And this is because it allows us to add written notes, both on its virtual or physical (external) keyboard and by hand thanks to the touch screen of the iPhone or iPad. It also allows for audio or graphic recording as well!
- Capacity to insert audios directly into the notepad. Notability has the capacity to insert audio files such as recordings and voice memos into the notepad just as you´d import any other file. Adding content to the note while playing back the imported audio will sync that content with the recording.
- Page scrolling: With Notability you can scroll the pages up and down, so if you are a fan of the traditional PDF reader you will love this.
- Hyperlinks: Support for hyperlinks in typed text (web page addresses, phone numbers, emails).
- Delete pages quickly: You can´t delete multiple pages quickly. Every page has to be independently selected and deleted via a tab menu. So that´s a major pain when you have to import a large document with many pages that you don’t want.
Price: Notability is now free to download, and will require a $15 per year subscription—or $12 per year for a limited time—to unlock all of its features.
Platforms: Available for iPad, Mac, and iPhone
Overview: Simplenote is an easy way to take notes, create to-do lists, capture ideas, and more. Open the app, type a few lines, and you’re good to go. As your collection grows, keep it organized with tags and pins, and find what you need with instant search.
Since Simplenote will sync with your devices for free, your notes will be with you at all times.
- Very simple: Simplenote’s user interface is kept to a minimum. There are no formatting toolbars or extra features like notebooks to group notes. The entire desktop interface is comprised of a sidebar containing your tags and trash filters, a list of existing notes with search, a button to add a new note, and a simple view for looking at an existing note or writing a new one.
- Works Offline: Users can edit and create documents while offline, then sync their content the next time they connect to the internet. As a result, a user can work even when there is no data connection without fear of losing work.
- Time Machine: Each note edit is kept so that the user can return to a prior version of the document. This way, if you make a mistake or accidentally erase something, you may easily restore the previous version.
- Search is limited to one tag: There appears to be no way to locate notes with both tags X and Y. This isn’t a major concern until you have a lot of notes and want to run a cross-search for two topics at the same time to limit down your results.
- No support for file attachments: Embedded attachments are not supported by Simplenote. This may limit the app’s usefulness for certain users, as many other note-taking apps include this capability.
Price: Simplenote is free to download, and Simplenote’s premium subscription costs $10 per year.
Platforms: Available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, or in your browser.
Overview: You’ll love Noteshelf as a note-taking app. Take lovely notes in your own handwriting, much like you would on a notepad, but better. You may text, annotate PDFs, and make voice recordings.
- Personalize your notepads: You can choose a cover for each of them and choose between different types of pages.
- Organize your notes into groups: Classify files within Noteshelf by folders.
- Protect your documents: Both notepads and folders can be protected from prying eyes.
- Labels in your notebooks: In this way, you can enter keywords that in the future will help you find what you are looking for.
- Can´t move multiple pages at once.
Platforms: This app is available in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch and now on Android as well!
4. Liquid Text
Overview: LiquidText allows you to quickly examine, gather, and organize information across all of your papers and webpages, then use the results to write reports, prepare for meetings, or simply study.
Squeeze a document to contrast sections, draw lines to connect concepts in different papers, comment on many pages at once, expand on your ideas, and so much more!
- Helpful hints: There are many useful indications in the shape of animations, chats, and dialogs.
- New Ways: This app allows you to design new ways of absorbing and viewing data from a variety of sources.
- Navigation: Easy navigation through longer documents.
- Send and receive: Good import and export functionality
- Crowded: Work space gets crowded with lots of notes
Price: LiquidText is a free download on the App Store, but a $9.99 Pro upgrade is necessary to gain the new ink features.
Platforms: This app is available on the Appstore for iPad, Requires iPadOS 14.1 or later, and for Mac, Requires macOS 11.0 or later.
Overview: Beyond handwriting, the ability to illustrate our notes, to add documents, images or texts, GoodNotes has a key idea: notepads. With this simple idea, it is postulated as a substitute for paper notebooks.
- Inking: The inking of GN5 is preferred over the inking of other note-taking apps. GN5 ink seems closer to the native iOS notes ink.
- Organization: Superior file management, folder structure, and folders within folders.
- Shape Tool: The shape tool does not needlessly snap onto everything. The app does not dictate the decision of where to place each line. This gives you design freedom.
- Images: The images aren’t well optimized. Images and backgrounds frequently disappear and return as you scroll through papers.
- PDF Size: Imported PDFs will have a preset page size that might be bigger than you like and this cannot be changed, but you can compress the document yourself before uploading it into the app.
Price: GoodNotes 5 costs $7.99 in the App Store as a one-time purchase.
Platforms: This app is available on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac.
Overview: Whink lets you import PDFs to read and annotate, write and type new notes, or highlight and annotate existing ones.
It is a minimalist note taking app that is meant for anyone who just wants to take notes without the hassle of going through too many complicated features.
- Simple: The app is very easy to use and understand, it can be used by almost any aged user. For adults who are not that good with technology, this will save their lives.
- Synced: The audio recordings are synced to the handwritten notes for easier and faster note taking.
- Pen: It has a chic gel ink pen and smart eraser for you to write clean and crisp handwritten notes.
- Documents: Whink app does not support writing over web page documents.
- Minimalist: The app can seem minimalist and easy to use but it is also missing many important features.
- Search: Doesn´t let you search for keywords in your uploaded PDF.
Price: $ 4.99 one-time purchase.
Platforms: This app is available on an ipad and iphone.
Overview: Evernote offers a wide range of complex modifiers and its own search syntax, making it much easier to find things. Evernote can also look for text strings in a variety of document types, such as Microsoft Office documents and PDFs.
- Easy use: Data entry is simple – through typing, voice recording, and image capture.
- Data: Data can be stored, easily accessed and edited at any moment.
- Organizing: Helps you organize everything from your flight pass to your meeting notes, to-do list, and more.
- Search: The search of all notes, even scanned documents, is extremely fast and accurate.
- Free Account: The free account includes a monthly data restriction of 60 MB, which can be expanded in order to expand the customer base.
- Offline: Notes cannot be accessed while offline browsing.
Price: Premium costs $7.99 per month and Business costs $14.99 per month.
Platforms: Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS.
Overview: Writers, lawyers, cooks, instructors, engineers, students, parents, and more utilize Bear, a focused, flexible notes app.
Bear’s rapid organization, editing capabilities, and export choices make it easy to write quickly and share anywhere while maintaining your privacy thanks to encryption.
- Code: It’s got color code notes for a better organization.
- Images: You can add images directly into your notes.
- Sync: You can sync notes across multiple devices.
- Available: Only available for Apple devices.
- Light: Extremely light on features.
- Paid: Syncing requires a paid plan.
Price: It costs $1.49 monthly, which offers a one-week free trial. It costs $14.99 annually, which has a one-month free trial.
Platforms: Available on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.
Overview: ZoomNotes is the most comprehensive visual note-taking tool on the market, with an incredible zoom range. Make handwritten notes and sketches on large whiteboards, PDF files, pictures, and MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
- Pen Types: Choose from eight different pen types, including gel, nib, pencil, and more.
- Sticky Notes: Use sticky notes and create hierarchical visual files as sub-pages.
- Clips: Insert audio clips directly into your documents.
- Bookmarks: Save Bookmarks within your documents for quick and easy future reference.
- Some users don’t like in-app purchases
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Platforms: The app is available for an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
10. MarginNote 3
Overview: MarginNote is a program that allows you to read, annotate, and study long-form writings. Texts from EPUB and PDF can be imported and annotated using written text or highlights.
Users can choose different highlighter colors to represent different types of information, such as yellow for main ideas and blue for supporting details, and then display their highlighted text as an outline, flashcards (blue words on one side, yellow words on the other), or a mind map that shows how highlighted terms are related to one another.
- Features: Flexible, extensive features give seemingly endless options for annotating and sorting preexisting texts into usable and organized notes.
- Pedagogy: While MarginNote won’t teach users anything in particular, its features give users many ways to sort info into formats that suit their preferred study modes.
- iCloud: The app syncs your PDFs and notes to iCloud so it is immediately available on all your I-devices. This feature is not available in any other apps with this PDF feature.
- Complicated PDF reader: If you plan to use this software as your primary PDF reader, you’ll need to devote some time to learning how to use it, even if tutorials are available.
- No Auto backup: We don’t always remember to back up our files. That’s why it’s important to set up auto backup for your documents so that they’re backed up at regular intervals. You must manually back up your notes in MarginNote to a folder of your choice.
Price: Free with additional in-app purchases
Platforms: Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Best Note Taking Apps for Windows (Android)
Overview: BlackNote is a black-and-white notes app for Android. This is the appropriate solution if the normal white background of most apps weary your eyes and you need a break.
- Simple: Very easy to use, each gadget is self-explanatory.
- Easy to see: Its black background makes it easier to see without tiring eyes.
- Passwords: You can create notes with passwords so people can´t see them.
- Doesn´t work: The checklist feature doesn´t work very well.
- Recover: It is not very easy to recover already deleted notes.
Price: It’s free!
Overview: ClearNote is a note app for Android made by the creator of BlackNote. It’s basically the same app except it’s colorful.
- Bar: The ClearNote Bar appears in the top widget sections of your home screen and gives you access to ClearNote app, YouTube, Camera, Watch, Calculator, and Web Search.
- Ease: It lets you manage and maintain all the significant notes, to-do lists, checklists, and other notes facilities with real ease.
- Widgets: It provides note list widgets and sticky note widgets with transparency configuration.
- Home screen: The notes on the home screen don´t immediately change when you edit them.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Platforms: Android phone or tablet
13. Dropbox Paper
Overview: Create new documents or edit existing files, and share them with your team directly from the app so you can capture your inspiration wherever you are.
- Free: This is a free product giving many advantages to users and at the same time, very easy to use. It lets you use your creativity for an excellent result!
- Integrate: This program has the ability to integrate many other programs and applications.
- Collaboration: Team members can each edit and view changes in real time.
- Confusing: The default folder view is unappealing, and the slow to adjust UI can be confusing, resulting in the creation of many empty documents rather than opening an existing one.
Platforms: Android, iPhone and iPad
Overview: FiiNote is a professional application that allows you to create and store notes.
- Complete: It’s compatible with a keyboard.
- Handwriting: It´s one of the best note taking apps for writing with your hand.
- Simple: Everything is very simple and easy to use.
- Bugs: Some problems with moving objects, they may appear and disappear or appear in a different place.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet
15. Bundled Notes
Overview: Bundled Notes is a beautiful, cross-platform note-taking, writing, list-making, and to-do app.
- Complete: Notes and to-do lists in one app, with reminders.
- Boards: Support for kanban-style boards.
- Editor: Markdown editor that is easy to use and has no character limit.
- Drawing: No drawing tools
- Sharing: No sharing options
Price: There’s a monthly tier going for $1.89, but you can also choose to pay for the yearly subscription at $15.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet
Overview: OneNote is the digital notebook to organize your thoughts, discoveries and ideas and simplify your planning of special moments in your life. Microsoft OneNote lets you take notes on your mobile phone and sync them across all your devices.
- Organization: It has Notebooks and sections and then individual notes allowing organization.
- Multi- format: They are multi-format – Pictures, words, formatting and can move things around the page.
- Accessible: The information is accessible both online and offline once synced to the computer.
- Multiple: Not able to work with multiple notes at the same time.
Price: Basic (free) Premium ($7.99 per month) Business ($14.99 per user, per month)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
Overview: Take notes by hand naturally on your Android tablet or phone! With Squid you can write as you would on paper but using a stylus, rubber-tipped pencil, or your finger.
You can easily fill out PDF forms, edit/grade papers, or sign documents. As well as import images, draw figures, add text to your notes, quick select, copy/paste, move objects between pages and notes.
- Flexible: You can resize, duplicate, and annotate images with flexible image capabilities.
- Versatility: Multiple styles of background templates add versatility.
- Missing: Missing some features that are standard in other digital notebooks, such as tags, folders, sync, and a search bar.
Platforms: Android phone and tablet.
Overview: Notion is a hybrid of a project management tool and a note-taking app. It combines the best features of both kinds of software.
- All in one: You can do the work of several different apps all in Notion.
- Teams: It has the option for collaborating editing.
- Versatility: You can use Notion for personal, freelance business and planning startups.
- Mess: Because of its versatility it’s very easy to create a mess using the app.
- Confusing: While the integration of products into Notion’s all-in-one software is generally convenient, it can be confusing and disorganized at times.
Price: Free download with option of $4/month personal plan.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac and Windows
19. Standard Notes
Overview: Standard Notes is a concise and private note-taking app. It securely syncs your notes across all of your devices, including Android, Windows, iOS, Linux, and the web.
- Safety: Standard Notes encrypt your notes and information.
- Useful features: Has more features: tagging, markdown, themes.
- Sync: It is transparent about sync status and progress. When you open Standard Notes on your phone, there’s a little bit of text that counts up the notes that have been synced and saved in real time. No more fear or uncertainty about whether your notes actually synced.
- Slow: Syncing+decrypting notes on mobile can sometimes be a little slow—and can sometimes make the app crash if it takes more than a second or two.
Price: Free download and in-app purchases for $4.17 per month.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Overview: Nebo is capable of combining handwriting and text in a single word, sentence, or paragraph. No other note-taking app allows you to write when it’s convenient and type when it suits you.
Both active and passive styluses are now supported by the app. You can now write in the app with your fingers.
- Converting: Best handwriting – converting app
- Languages: Supports 66 languages
- Equations: Supports Math and Chemical equations
- Instances: Doesn´t support multiple instances
- Images: You can´t drag and drop images
- Recycle: Contains no recycle bin
Price: Free download and for complete features it costs just $11.42
Platforms: Windows, iPadOS, Android, ChromeOS
Best Free Note Taking Apps
21. Google Keep
Overview: Google Keep enables users to take plain-text notes and organize, edit, and share them with others via a suite of collaboration tools. You can also use Google Keep to record voice notes and set time and location-based reminders.
- Search: The search functionality on the app is great.
- Pictures: Allows pictures to be part of the notes.
- Layout options:
- Bugs: The iOS app occasionally becomes unresponsive and does not update your notes (does not display new notes from other devices or computers); this issue must be resolved by reinstalling the app.
- Space: Can take a lot of space of your Google account´s quota
Platforms: Apple and Android mobile devices plus a web app
Overview: Slite is a collaborative knowledge sharing app that improves teamwork even when members are separated. Slite is the place to keep your team’s wiki, organize project documentation, share company updates, and even keep personal notes.
- Simple: The user is not distracted by the variety of features available. It just comes to you.
- Layout Options: The layout options for placing elements, along with all of the widgets available, make Slite a powerful tool while keeping the overall user experience light and intuitive.
- Meetings: Slite makes it extremely simple to create docs in which you can not only organize, add tips, and charts, but also collaborate with another team or team member on the fly, in meetings!
- Small: Very small things, issues with how tables look on large monitors.
- Convenience: a more convenient interface for “tracking changes” or seeing what has recently changed.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android
Overview: Whether it’s today’s journal entry, tomorrow’s thesis, or a future bestselling novella, you have handwritten notes, a business memo to share, an essay to write, a story to tell, an article to edit, or a lecture to record.
All of your notes and documents can be created, edited, and organized in one location using Notes Writer.
- PDF: One of the best apps for PDF reading.
- Brightness: It has a convenient option to adjust the brightness.
- Multitasking: Having open tabs is great for multitasking and studying.
- Limit: There are roughly 36 pre-made notes and 6-7 folders included with the free software. When you try to create your own folders or notes, it warns you that the free version has hit its limit and that you must upgrade to have limitless notes.
Price: There´s a free version
Platforms: iOS and Android
Overview: Grammarly is an academic writing application that automates grammar, proofreading, and writing revision. Grammarly examines and checks a piece of text you’ve written for errors.
The free edition covers the essentials, while the subscription version goes a step further by providing stylistic and best-writing-practice recommendations.
- Real time correction: Instead of writing everything out and then selecting the “check spelling and grammar” button, you’ll be able to tell straight away whether you’ve made a mistake.
- Highly accurate: There aren’t many mistakes made by this grammar software. It may occasionally misread what you’re trying to say or insert a comma where one isn’t required or desired, but it has a high rate of accuracy overall.
- Easy: Grammarly doesn’t just tell you when you’ve made a mistake. While that would be fine, this program takes a step further by providing explanations so that you can learn and develop.
- Doesn´t work on everything: Grammarly does not work with Google Docs, which might be a big pain for those of you who rely on this writing program on a regular basis.
Price: Free with in product purchases
Platforms: Android and iOS devices
Overview: As a productivity tool, this app has a lot of potential. It can be used to jot down notes, brainstorm ideas, or draw out a tale. Paper’s adaptability allows you to blend the arts and productivity while working with digital technologies.
- Pictures: You can organize, easily cut, and add pics and edit them.
- Quick: The ability to easily use and switch tools.
- Control: Gives greater control over the graphic elements that you are able to add to notes and sketches.
- Brushes: The brushes are not very precise, which makes it hard to be exact.
- Tools: Very limited tools in the free version.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Overview: Ulysses is a distraction-free, minimalist writing tool that works with both short and long-form projects. It is used by bloggers, authors, and content providers to write articles, novels, and other types of material.
- One place: The app stores your writing in one single place.
- Distraction: Distraction free interface.
- Exporting: Comes with a lot of exporting options available for you to share your work and notes.
- Template: No pre-designed templates
- Cost: The citation machine costs money.
- Only with sheets: Because Ulysses only works with sheets, there are no unique features or arrangements for taking notes or rapidly writing down uncooked ideas for future reference.
Price: Free version, paid version
Platforms: Mac, iPad, iPhone
27. My Note Taking
Overview: Perfect and simple notepad for journaling and taking notes everywhere you go.
- Easy: Clean and beautiful interface with easy-to-understand functions.
- Search: With the quick search feature, you can find your notes faster.
- Customize: You can customize font size and style.
- Ads: Full screen ads may pop up on your screen.
- Keyboard: The keyboard may sometimes block the words.
Platforms: OS: iOS, iPhone, iPad
28. Zoho Notebook
Overview: Zoho Notebook is a free note-taking app by Zoho Corp, a cloud-based software business that specializes in low-cost solutions. Over the previous few years, Notebook has constantly evolved, and it now syncs your notes across all major platforms and the web.
- Quick: Saves information in a quick way.
- User friendly: It’s incredibly user-friendly, with vibrant color note pages, and it takes very little time to install on most platforms.
- Customize: You are able to customize the covers of my notebooks as well as the color of each note.
- Shortcuts: Lack of shortcuts which is frustrating when working on multiple tabs.
- Cards: Notes are presented as cards, there is no option to have a list view, which takes less space.
Platforms: Android and iOS mobile devices, macOS, Windows, Linux, and the web.
Overview: Take notes, organize your to-do lists, and collaborate with co-workers. Share folders to organize your projects at home or in the office. You can use all the functions perfectly without an internet connection: as soon as you reconnect everything is synchronized.
- Concise: When your team needs to quickly brainstorm and scribble down ideas, Quip is a terrific tool to employ. It removes all extraneous formatting and user interface options, leaving you with a blank canvas on which to work smarter.
- Functionalities: Import and export functionalities are really good.
- Cloud: Having your notes accessible via the cloud is a fantastic way to stay on top of things.
- Limited: Text formatting controls are limited.
- PDFs: Doesn´t work well with PDFs
Platforms: iOS and Android
30. Nimbus Note
Overview: Nimbus Note is a cross-platform information repository and note-taking application that lets users make and update notes, customize screenshots, save web pages, and share files with their peers quickly.
- Sync: Note-taking web app which has a fully syncing android and ios app.
- Tons of features: Excellent organizational options (workspace, folders, multiple levels of subfolders), and a plethora of functionality.
- External elements: Ability to integrate external elements into a note as “Embed.
- Order: Impossible sorting (defining the order of) workspaces and notes manually.
Platforms: iOS and Android
Taking good notes in class is essential, they help extend the teacher’s explanation, which then facilitates success in exams.
Taking notes with a pen and a paper brings with it the idea of boredom and quickness; students might just see it as an obligation of just jotting in everything that comes out of their teacher´s mouth in such a fast way they are not even understanding the meaning of their notes.
But today, with such advanced technologies, all those applications to write notes have saved and can save many students’ and adults’ lives at the time of writing their notes, ideas, or whatever crosses their minds.
These applications bring with them a number of tools that not only work for writing down each idea, but also let you organize everything your way, letting it look clean, colorful and even with incorporated images, videos and audios.
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