How to Use Evernote | Basics for Students [Lecturio]


What’s going on guys! J from MedSchoolInsiders.com. Many of you have asked for a tutorial on one
of my favorite productivity apps Evernote. To give you a brief overview, Evernote is
a powerful note taking application. I use it as my main tool for organizing notes
in medical school. Its main competitors at the current moment
are Microsoft OneNote and Apples Notes. This however is not a comparison video. Evernote strength is in its search function;
you don’t have to worry about meticulously organizing your notes in order to find what
you are looking for. You can throw all your notes, ideas and projects
that Evernote and it will help you manage them all with minimal effort. In this video, I’ll be giving you a brief
overview of how to use Evernote effectively as a student. So how do you actually use Evernote? It’s organized into a series of notebooks
and notes. You can also make stacks which are groups
of notebooks, like this one here which is MS1 for the first year of medical school. As a student, I created stacks for each of
my years in medical school and within those stacks I created notebooks for each subject
or block. So if you’re a college student, I would use
course titles or descriptions like chemistry, physics, English etc. For med school there are systems like cardiology,
gastroenterology, hematology etc. So, let’s look at a quick example to demonstrate. Within the first year I took MSK which is
musculoskeletal. I created individual notes for each lecture. I also created condensed notes or summary
sheets for each lecture to facilitate a more active learning process. In the note for the lecture, I imported the
PDF document that the professor shared with us. In Evernote you can insert files within your
note, so I often place either the PowerPoint or PDF file that accompanies the lecture into
the Evernote note as a reference. You can then open the file from there and
take notes within the document or annotate and save. Again, the search function is Evernote strengths. So the program will actually index the content
within the file, therefore when you search, you’ll also be looking within these documents. So this hierarchy is a more traditional way
to organize your notes. Another powerful way to add another level
of organization is with tags. You can add several tags to each note, so
let’s look at some examples. So, right here is anatomy. In each block, we were going over relevant
Anatomy to that system. So for example, in cardiology, we learned
about the anatomy of the heart and vasculature, in pulmonology we learned about lung anatomy,
in GI we learned about the digestive system anatomy etc. So rather than placing each anatomy lecture
in a separate notebook, I tagged each one with anatomy. So, if I need to find any notes on Anatomy,
I can search for this tag and they all show up here. While I do prefer the convenience, the efficiency
and the flexibility of taking notes digitally, there are definitely advantages to paper notes. Drawing diagrams or taking notes on the go
such as when you’re not at a desk are usually easier with a pen and paper. I combine both and occasionally write notes
or draw diagrams in my moleskine notebook and import the image using my phone’s camera. So these handwritten notes can actually be
searched. This is a very powerful feature called optical
character recognition or OCR. So, Evernote looks at images in your notes
to identify text even handwritten notes. So, let’s do an example, I’ll search for viruses. It knows the diagram, so I’m gonna put tag
diagram and boom, here we go. So it recognized my handwriting, RNA viruses
at the top and even highlighted the word viruses within this handwritten diagram that I made. So, here’s another example; I wrote in an
actual notebook and use the scannable app to quickly import the image into Evernote. So my handwriting is absolutely horrendous
in this note but Evernote was still able to recognize a few words like hand is right there. This was particularly useful for me during
third and fourth years of med school, also known as the clinical years, where you are
not in the classroom taking notes on your computer. Instead, you’re in the hospital and I would
just jot down brief notes on a small notebook just to capture an idea or important pearl. Now Evernote premium comes with this handy
feature allowing you to annotate either images or documents within or the entire note as
a PDF. You can draw arrows, you can add text… Like this, you can – you can add additional
notes etc. So, you can – you have a great deal of flexibility
with this feature and you can do the same thing on your mobile device, so whether that’s
your tablet or your phone. I often used the annotate feature on my iPad
when I was going through research articles on PDF and I had a stylus and I could just
highlight as if it was real paper on the document. You can also share or collaborate on files
or entire notebooks with other people. You can choose whether they can view or also
edit the actual note. I honestly don’t think that these sharing
features are quite as strong as what you can do with Google Docs or Google Drive, but if
your friends are using Evernote, it’s usually good enough to get the job done. I’ve used it a few times when dividing up
work with a classmate and it’s worked well for us. Now lastly, you can use Evernote completely
free and that’s where I recommend that you start. After trying up the free service, you can
then decide if it’s worth it for you to upgrade. I personally now use the premium service. There is a student discount available on their
website. The reason I upgraded from the free service
is that with the premium, you get additional storage, the ability to search within documents,
the ability to annotate including on mobile devices and offline copies on my mobile devices. However, I again recommend that you start
with the free version, see how you like it before you upgrade to the premium. I’d like to thank Lecturio for making this
video possible. So if you are either a pre-med or med student,
this service will definitely benefit you. They provide video lectures by educators from
top institutions like Harvard, Yale and Johns Hopkins. They also provide quiz questions and topic
reviews, all of which prepare medical students for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 or Step 3 and pre-meds
for the MCAT. They also recently launched a pretty cool
feature called Book Matcher where you take a photo of your book page, whether that’s
first aid and it will provide you relevant videos that will help to explain those concepts. So you can learn more here on their website
at lecturio.com. They also have some free videos on their YouTube
channel. So if you are interested, go to lecturio/insider
or use the coupon code insider20 for 20% off your subscription. Alright guys, that is it for this video. Thank you all so much for watching. If you liked the video, make sure you press
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59 thoughts on “How to Use Evernote | Basics for Students [Lecturio]”

  1. I discovered Evernote in the last couple years and it has been great. It helps me so much that even my class mates ask me to share my notebooks with them

  2. Evernote takes part of your content. Worth knowing.

    Personally I went for Turtl instead, not as good though

  3. I use Evernote differently: I relay way more on tags as an organisational system and only have three notebooks: Inbox, Notebook and Archive.
    Everything quick or temporary and untagged is in my Inbox. From there, after being processed with Tags and additional documents it goes to Notebook. When I won't be using the note anymore or won't be needing it for a longer period of time it goes to Archive. With all the Tags and Subtags I created, I can still, very easily, find and display all notes of a certain topic, or I just use the Search tool to find a specific note.
    I really recommend this way of organisation, because it it way quicker to uphold and easier to set up.

  4. Thank you very, very much! I have utilized the tag feature from the time I first started with Evernote but I never knew about the stacking feature until you mentioned it here. Evernote is easily one of the most valuable organizational tools I have employed, both for my bakery business and then for college note keeping and research. I recommend the app to everyone.

  5. Love Evernote and use it for organizing practically all of my notes! I have also always preferred it to OneNote, at least for Mac.

  6. just watching a video on productivity apps while i procrastinate on my studies..aaaah.. typical semester finals!
    great video btw!!

  7. Great overview of the app. Haven't been too familiar with it, but this was a great introduction. Personally have been using OneNote and it seems to get the job done. Which do you prefer and why?

  8. Awesome tips, been using evernote for a while but never for school. Going into my first year of college I will definitely start using it, however do you mainly use it for organizing notes and lecture pdfs or also for typing notes directly?

  9. Can you make a video on how to study effectively in your clinical years?
    Having some trouble at the moment, everything's much more independent now for me

  10. Hey! Could you make a video on how to stop you hands from shaking? I'm very hyper and it is a natural thing for me, but I was wondering if there were any exercises I could do to prevent that. Thanks!

  11. thnx for this video but i like to use pen and paper more.. but definitely try this also..
    i want to ask a question is it seem weird if i change my career from engineering to marketing.

  12. I've always been using onenote, tolerating its downsides. Thanks for introducing this to me, It looks MUCH better than onenote already.

  13. I have a question, I'll be taking Biochemistry in uni soon. What I always did in highschool was I'd write notes from a lecture, then go home nad write a neater version of these notes, adding in explanations from textbooks or diagrams etc. Do you think I'd have time to do that in unicersity?

  14. Hey J you got a 99 percentile on the MCAT. With a decent resume does this give you a gold card to any medical school you want?

  15. I've used Evernote for about half of my collegiate career; it's a great pick. However, I do like Notability more as i've found it far more efficient up until graduation. You should look into it, if you haven't already. Great job on the vids though!

  16. If you're like me and use a tablet with a keyboard, I would highly recommend the app "notability". Notability gives you tons of freedom to draw, write, type, and import photos in the click of a few buttons. I have used Evernote as well and found it useful but like it said, if you use a tablet, look into using notability. Great video!

  17. Thanks for this – starting to use evernote set up like this and it should really help with my uni organization.

  18. Why does Evernote for MAC have has more tools and is better looking than windows? They really should keep it the same through all platforms.

  19. There's whitelines notebooks that digitalize your notes super easily and sends them to evernotes (as well as email and dropbox if you wish) when you take a picture of them, and since the lines are whites the notes looks neater and pops out more then on regular paper

  20. Just FYI for people using OneNote: you can also make one search throughout every document you've made…
    1. press command + f (for apple laptops)
    2. just below the search bar there will be the title of your page with two up + down arrows next to it – click on that
    3. then click on "all notebooks"
    4. proceed with your search

    p.s. This might be a new feature in a more recent update since this video was made

  21. Hey! Can you please help me dealing wid the conflict notes issue in Evernote. It wud be GRT help
    Thankyou

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