Apps Used & Note Samples from a Biology Major
I received a message earlier from another biology major who’s thinking about buying an iPad for use in their studies. They were curious as to what my overall workflow is like, what apps I use, and if I could provide some examples of stuff that I write up & annotate during/after class.
Here’s a link with some screen shots of my apps used, notes taken, & practice material I’ve written up for the students who attend my SI sessions (gen chem – organic chem).
My overall workflow mostly consists of just using the Apple Pencil. I carry around a Logitech K380 in my bag, but tbh I rarely ever feel the need to use it. The best 3rd party accessory I’ve bought for the iPad (12.9″ 3rd gen) is the Zugu Muse case ( [https://www.amazon.com/ZUGU-CASE-Muse-Case-Protective/dp/B07K1M4PHY/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_147_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0BA6W1SX3T0DN7GJ4A4K](https://www.amazon.com/ZUGU-CASE-Muse-Case-Protective/dp/B07K1M4PHY/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_147_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0BA6W1SX3T0DN7GJ4A4K) ) . Before I using the Otterbox Symmetry 360, which while it is a nice case (and I really like the transparent back), it was really uncomfortable to use in landscape mode while taking notes; it was pretty much a 2-handed job with my left hand keeping the iPad from falling over while I wrote with my right hand. With the Zugu case I can easily put the iPad in whatever position I want it to via the kickstand, and it stays put while I write on it.
As a bio major, there is nothing which requires me to have more than the iPad while I’m on campus, or even at home. My desktop PC has been collecting some dust as it is now mostly for occasional gaming. MCAT study is pretty awesome with the iPad, having a copy of all my Kaplan books in one place and being able to annotate directly onto the pages. I can also access all of my AAMC eMCAT practice materials easily via my iPad. I honestly don’t anticipate I’ll need more than this when I go to medical school, and several of my friends who’ve already gone through it have said I really wouldn’t need anything else (except access to a large monitor at home for having 10+ tabs open). If the program I get into requires me to buy a laptop, or provides one, it’ll most likely sit at home as it would feel a little redundant to have both on me at the same time.
Hope this sheds a little bit of light for anyone who’s on the fence about whether or not an iPad could be beneficial to their workflow/media consumption/ etc. Coming from having a 2010 15″ MBP that I barely used outside of web-browsing and typing up papers, I’m really happy I decided to upgrade with the 12.9″ iPad Pro.