I’m always reading the next book. Taking notes. Highlighting, researching, studying. It doesn’t stop.

– Jocko Willink.

Look around any lecture hall at any university today and you’ll realise one thing very quickly – old fashioned methods of writing notes by hand have given way to a preference for tech-driven and digital tools.

Traditionally many students are reliant on basic word processors for their study, despite the fact that lectures can incorporate several different forms of materials. Lecturers will often use presentation slides, handouts and visual guides to assist students in their learning. It’s clear word-processing doesn’t fit well with this visually-focused model of learning.

However, a project founded by a company in Belgium, called Amanote, are aiming to revolutionise the way students learn, by creating a tailor-made way for students to make notes in a way that makes sense. I recently spoke to the Amanote team to understand their mission and what makes Amanote different. A short post this week, but one that is entirely relevant given the current COVID-19 situation!

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So how does it work?

Unlike traditional word processors, Amanote’s key strength is its functionality with visual aids like slideshows. By binding each page of notes taken with the corresponding slide lecturers are using, students are able to match their clear and organized notes with what’s being talked about on screen in front of them. This makes it ideal to follow along in class – whether in a lecture hall or being delivered online.

Alongside this visual element, Amanote also has audio functionality as well. By synchronising the audio recording from a lecture with the slides used by the lecturer, students are able to directly make their own lecture captures with notes attached to each section. That means, once time for revision comes around, you can replay specific parts of the audio track that has been binded by Amanote to the corresponding note pages.

Check out Amanote’s presentational video below to see it in action:

I’d like to thank Amanote for taking the time to speak and collaborate with me and sponsoring the production of this article. If you want to give Amanote a go yourself, you can get yourself 30 days of Amanote for absolutely free with the code below. Simply head to the link below and enter the code to get 30 days for free!


If you want to learn more about what Amanote has to offer, you can learn more about them at the links below: 

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