I really want a new iPad Pro.
I have wanted one for approximately two weeks now.
I was studying for my second year university exams, and myself and my boyfriend Andy were talking about how it would be great if there was a device that we could take proper notes on for university. We realised that Apple had a iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. Not only that, but there was a new version just out with new features.
I love handwritten note taking, and I love technology. So combining the two sounded perfect.
However, the price is a definite drawback. It would cost around £950 for the iPad, Pencil, iPad case and apps in order for me to get my best usage out of this device. Do I really need to spend this when I already have a perfectly sound MacBook Air?
I have managed to convince myself that this is worth the money. Mostly because I love new devices, especially Apple devices, but also because I struggled last year to keep up with my note-taking. I didn’t help myself by falling behind in the first month as I was moving into my house during the first month of second year. I couldn’t simply just skip what I had missed either, because I stupidly bought one of those notebooks from Paperchase that you couldn’t rip out the pages from, so in my mind, the notes would be out of order if I just carried on from where we got up to.
This caused problems, as I was playing catch up from the very beginning. Not to mention I like my notes to be neat and tidy and colourful, meaning I had to copy out everything perfectly. I was finding that I was struggling to concentrate to what my lecturers were saying and copy down the relevant notes at the same time, as I was constantly too slow to keep up and therefore lost track of the information.
I began to realise that this wasn’t working as a solution. Not only was I not listening in lectures, I also wasn’t getting all my notes down. So I began to take down my notes when I was not in lectures, i.e in my own time. Myself and Andy started to stay late after lectures to make our notes. But this was very time consuming and when we lived two hours away from university it meant that we were getting back very late in the evening.
This method did not work either, as I was not listening in lectures because I wasn’t taking notes. This was so frustrating!! No wonder I found revising for my exams difficult – I hadn’t really learned the content in the first place as I struggled for so long to find my best way of learning.
I know I learn best when I take notes first and foremost. I know that I have to team this with completing my tutorial questions every week. Then, when the revision period rolls around, I have to make sure to complete all the past papers there are available. This is a good learning sequence for me, and it is almost foolproof.
I have therefore come to the conclusion that I think an iPad Pro would help me greatly when it comes to learning and revision. I think it will keep me motivated to take notes for my course. I also think that it will speed up my note-taking once I get the hang of it. It would also be lighter than my laptop – meaning my back would not be as sore every day.
It is seemingly a win-win situation! Apart from the price.
Will this piece of tech really solve my note-taking issues? I must have watched every single unboxing video, review video and demonstration video on YouTube concerning the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. I have used it in the Apple Store. How will I ever know if it is for me without buying the damn thing? It would be an expensive mistake if I didn’t like it!
Thank you for reading my inner turmoil…
I will go back to being entitled and spoilt in silence now.