Digi Know: Mobile apps to support study skills

Author: Laura Hollinshead

This blog post provides information about a series of mobile apps which you may find useful for notetaking, mindmapping, task management and organisation. Unless otherwise stated you should be able to get these apps on both Apple and Android devices. Just search for them in either the iTunes App store or on Google Play. These apps are all free but there may be in app purchases in order to access additional features.

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions for using the mobile app to understand the apps commitment to intellectual property rights, data protection​and information security.



  • Take electronic notes combining text, images and audio.
  • Organise these into notebooks.
  • Automatically sync them across your different devices. This means you can start taking notes using your tablet and then finish these on your computer.
  • Share your notebooks with other people.
  • Create task lists to keep you organised.

Microsoft OneNote

  • Create digital notebooks which you can then access online either via an App on your mobile device or via an internet browser.
  • The University provides this to students as part of Office365.
  • Create notebooks to collect thoughts and ideas, to-do lists, capture images of documents, whiteboards, or take clips from websites.
  • Organise these within notebooks.

Google Docs (Used with Google Drive)

  • Online word processing tool which is similar to Microsoft Word but the documents are stored and accessed online.
  • Mobile app allows you to access and edit these documents online or offline and then syncs these once you are connected again.
  • Add and format text, images and drawings.
  • Use the Voice typing feature where you can speak into a microphone and have your words typed automatically.
  • Work is automatically saved for you and you can use the revision history to look at old versions of the document.
  • Share and collaborate on documents together at the same time.


  • Record up to 10 minutes of audio from your mobile device.
  • Upload an unlimited amount of clips to your profile and organise these into a set of playlists.
  • Share your clips with others via Twitter and Facebook.
  • Follow and comment on other people’s clips stored on Audioboom.
  • Audio files are publically available as there are no options for individual users to have a private channel.


  • Capture short sections of audio using a simple record button.
  • Highlight particular parts of the recording when you think ‘this is important I must make a note of this’.
  • In case you missed the first part of the idea, it will go back 15 seconds within the recording to capture what you might have missed.
  • Add important notes, photographs and visual information such as whiteboards/presentation slides within the recording.
  • Focus on what is being said instead of having to take notes.

Sketches (Apple only)

  • Draw out your notes, doodles and diagrams on your iPad or iPhone and organise these into collections.
  • Draw your sketches using a variety of different drawing tools and a wide range of colours.
  • Use patterns to fill large areas of the picture, add text and shapes to add further meaning.
  • Share your drawings via email or social media tools such as Facebook and Flickr.


Mindjet Maps

  • Create simple and complex mindmaps on your tablet.
  • Send the mindmap to yourself as a PDF file.
  • Use colours to distinguish between different ideas within the mindmap.
  • Add images/photos to the mindmap to make it more visual.
  • Add links to webpages and other online resources.

Task management and organisation


  • Create a series of to-do lists to help organise your learning tasks.
  • Receive reminders for tasks that need to be completed soon.
  • Share your lists with others and use the comments feature to communicate about shared tasks.
  • Access these lists across your different devices (e.g. on smartphone, tablet and computer).
  • Print your to do lists.


  • Create boards and cards to help organise your projects.
  • Share project board with other people or use this for group work.
  • Add checklists, labels and due dates to cards to keep track of tasks.
  • Receive notifications detailing any changes to the board or cards you are added to (this can be emailed to you).
  • Add resources to cards such as links to documents, websites and presentation slides
  • Use this to help plan assignments or manage research tasks.

Claire Gardener

Created by FIM : 02/03/2015 13:30:52

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