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Best Note-Taking Apps in 2019

Taking notes used to be so simple. You’d take out a sheet of parchment, dip your quill in ink, and get to writing. Then a bunch of nerds got together and started inventing things – and that’s when note-taking got complicated. Suddenly we had to choose from different models of typewriters and competing keyboard layouts. Read on to find out which tool is the right one for you, your devices, and your price range!


Overview: Evernote is a cross-platform note-taking app that’s great for processing hand-written notes and clipping articles from the web. The price, however, could be prohibitive on a student budget. Multiple file formats. If you’re on a paid plan, Evernote can hold anything your professor throws at you: PDF’s, PowerPoints, the 3 different sheets of requirements for one project. One fun extra: If you paste a Google Docs link, Evernote creates a Google Drive icon in-line and changes the URL to the name of the doc.

OneNote: Overview: Microsoft’s free cross-platform note-taking app gives Evernote a run for its money, though the interface leaves something to be desired. Totally. Free. It has everything Evernote can do, but there’s no premium tier. So you get the full feature set out of the box On basically all the platforms (for free). Just had to emphasize this: With OneNote, you get unlimited devices — a feature that other note-taking apps, like Evernote and Bear, keep behind a premium subscription.

Bear: Overview: Bear features powerful Markdown capability and an excellent writing experience. The only downside is its lack of Windows support. Hybrid Markdown editor. You don’t have to imagine what your formatted Markdown will look like after you write because Bear formats text as you type. SUCH a helpful feature.
Simple organizational system. Using “#” and “/”, Bear lets you tag each note and nest those tags within each other. #NestedHierarchy

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Any Language from Scratch

Language has fascinated me for many years, but it wasn’t always that way. Who could have blamed me? Language classes, particularly in high school, have a bit of a reputation for being difficult and ineffective. Even the students who ace every test rarely go on to speak the language to any useful degree. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Find Your Motivation

Before you commit to studying a language, you should know why you’re doing it. I won’t lie to you — it takes a lot of effort just to reach a basic level of fluency. On top of that, if you don’t want to feel your new language slip from your grasp, you have to maintain it to some degree, forever.

Unless you wanted to learn Spanish, you likely didn’t have much choice if you went to school in the U.S. Who’s to say you ever had any more motivation than trying not to tank your GPA? So take a few moments to write out the purposes that brought you here. Why do you want to learn a language in the first place, let alone the one you’ve got in mind? Travel? Culture? Impressing attractive humans? Any reason you come up with will have its own requirements and ability to keep you invested.

Ah, an aspiring polyglot, I see. Well, I have a lot of experience in juggling languages at this point, and I’ve felt the downsides. If you want to make satisfying, quick progress, don’t learn more than one language at once. (At least not if you’re learning both from scratch.)

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Monday Shower Thoughts 

  1. Every planet in the Solar System is named after ancient deities except our own which is named after dirt
  2. If you buy a half sandwich you are sharing a full sandwich with a stranger.
  3. Living in a car and people feel sorry for you. Living on a boat, and people envy you.
  4. The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to exist and we named it based on its colour.

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