For a long time, I have been getting many requests from GuruTechy readers to write about a post on using Evernote for note taking in upsc preparation.
Finally, today I got some time to write this article. Here I will be sharing my personal note taking method with some screenshots.
A little introduction on Evernote
Many people use Evernote for many reasons. Though the application is primarily created for note taking utility, you can use it for various things.
I know some newspaper columnists use it as an Editorial calendar for their upcoming articles by using calendar templates. Also using its checklist feature you can turn Evernote into a To-do list app. I personally use it as a Gallery to save all of my pictures and much more.
The thing that make Evernote standout from other note taking apps is its desktop client. Evernote supports all mobile and desktop platforms. Though I’am not a fan of Evernote’s mobile app, I absolutely love its desktop client that helps me throw into it anything I wanted to refer later while I browsing.
Also Evernote offers many products and features such as a webscraper browser extension that supports all major browser opera, chrome, firebox and safari. And three major features to organize your notes seamlessly — Stacks, Notebooks and Tags.
And this article is all about that how can you use Stacks, Notebooks and Tags to organize your notes on Evernote.
Sing up and download, first
If you didn’t have an Evernote account, Register and download both desktop, mobile apps here.
I created a fresh account for the sake of this article.
It’s time to set up your environment
The structure in above screenshot is primarily useful for mains note taking.
As you can see in the above screenshot, I created 4 notebooks for 4 mains GS papers and I put them into Upsc Notes stacks. Also I created a handful of tags for different topics.
So, in this way I organized my notes paper wise as well as category wise.
Here’s screenshots to create stack, notebooks and tags on Evernote desktop application.
In the below screenshot I put General Studies – 4 notesbooks to Upsc notes stack.
And finally, here’s screenshot to create tags.
Also don’t forget the icon that I highlighted in the below screenshot.
By clicking the icon, you will get some options to change the order and view of your notes such as sorting your notes based on created date or updated date and also view options like Snippet view and Card view.
Remember organizing your notes is matters a lot, because it will help you get your notes faster when you want.
This tutorial is based on my personal experience of using Evernote for my upsc mains preparation and it worked well for me. So, you don’t need to follow it blindly.
Just play with Evernote, as you do, you will start to learn your own way.
And also, it’s enough to use free version of Evernote for upsc preparation. I have a premium account and never used it fully.
Do you want to add anything in this tutorial, let me know through my mail.
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