Are you faced with trying to remember everything for those scholarship applications?
Having a hard time with names, dates, and places?
I found a neat article written by a high school senior in regards to her scholarship search. You can read the story by Chandler Buckingham here, where she chronicles her challenge of remembering everything she has participated in. I definitely remember those times; there was so much to keep track of. It can be a daunting task for any high school junior or senior to remember it all.
I can tell you about one tool that has helped me tremendously – Evernote.
Evernote’s simple tagline is “Remember Everything.” This elegant solution allows you to create a note, which gets saved to the cloud. A note is any piece of information, and as we’ll see later it can be in any number of formats. You can go back and update the note at anytime, delete the note, or share the note with others. Does that sound like it might be helpful to you in recording this information?
Because Evernote stores its data in the cloud, Evernote can be everywhere. You can install and use Evernote on your PC or Mac-based computers. All phone and tablet operating systems are supported, including the iPhone, Android devices, Blackberry, Windows phone and even HP’s WebOS. And, if you find yourself somewhere with only web access, Evernote has a browser version supported by Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome. With this flexibility, you can access all of the information you store in Evernote as long as you have an internet connection. No more misplaced notes.
Evernotecomes in a free version and in a premium version, but I think all that a student needs is the free version. The free version works great and can be an excellent option for storing static information. Each note can be given a URL that can be read and shared through any number of social media outlets.
The essence of Evernote is captured in the note. Notes can contain text, pictures, audio, video, PDFs, or just about any type of data. Your account in Evernote is limited to 100,000 notes, and with free accounts the maximum size of a note is 25 MB. Each note contains some very basic attributes – the creation date, the location expressed as GPS coordinates, the notebook where the note resides, and the URL of the web location if the note’s content was clipped from the web. The note editor allows for some simple formatting as well.
In Evernote, notes are stored within the notebook. Each account can have up to 250 notebooks defined. You can also use tags to categorize your notes. Tags work just like they do in pictures; just create your tags that you frequently use to describe the contents of your notes, tag your notes accordingly, and you have another way to search for notes related to those tags. Tags can be names of activities, people, whatever makes sense to you and will help you remember. You may define up to 10,000 tags in one single Evernote account, and your notes can have as many tags as you’d like to assign to them.
Hopefully you’ve seen the power of Evernote to help you collect and organize all of that scholarship search and college application information. It’s free, easy and really addictive as well. If you get started in high school, you’ll find so many more uses for it in college and later in life. Let Affluent Student show you how to leverage this and other technology for your scholarship search. Check out my Services page to find out more.
Discussion Question – How have you used Evernote successfully as a student or parent? Do you have other tips for capturing this kind of information?
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