You should buy the reMarkable Paper Tablet: 5 reasons.

So, you wonder, why should you buy the reMarkable?

The reMarkable paper tablet is slowly becoming increasingly popular, especially with the release of the reMarkable Paper Tablet 2.

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When I initially bought by reMarkable Paper Tablet (the original model!), there really wasn’t a lot on the internet about the tablet and all it had to offer.

It was just a fancy tech item that popped up on my instagram page and I wasn’t sure whether it was something for me – especially with the price tag.

After owning the device for a year and a half (and using it basically everyday during my Honours year in university), there are some simple things that make the reMarkable paper tablet perfect for students (and anyone else who loves their notepad). Here are 5 reasons you should buy the reMarkable.

Nowadays, there are definitely a few more in-depth reviews of the reMarkable online. But I want to give 5 straight-forward reasons why you should buy the reMarkable paper tablet.

I have also written up a more in-depth review of how I use the remarkable paper tablet as a university student here.

5 Reasons you should buy a reMarkable.

1. You love hand written notes.

There’s just something about hand writing out lecture notes that doesn’t get old.

I have never been someone who opens up their laptop in class to furiously type notes. It’s so easy to not focus – you just type away and don’t take in any of the information.

Writing down lecture notes can help you to better remember the information too, because writing is a more cognitively demanding task, than simply typing. You have to do more with the information, summarise, highlight, mind map – and this extra effort means you are processing more!

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2. You won’t have to carry around tonnes of notebooks.

There is one thing that university could do without – and that is heavy textbooks!

I know that I have definitely broken a backpack (or two) while lugging around textbooks.

And while I can’t make universities stop forcing students to lug around 500 page textbooks, you can make your school bag just that little bit lighter by getting yourself a reMarkable paper tablet.

You can say goodbye to your pens, pencils (the whole pencil case for that matter) and all the separate notebooks for Psych 1A, Clinical Introduction, Anatomy and Molecules.

You can just have one device, with all your notes in there at once. It means you won’t end up in that position where your sitting in the lecture theatre and forgot to bring in the notebook you need – because you were studying last night and left it on your desk at home!

3. You can access your notes, anywhere.

The best thing about the reMarkable table is the ability to access your notes and notebooks wherever you are.

reMarkable’s cloud system means that you can access your data from the app on all other devices you own!

You can have the app set up on your mobile phone (for studying on the go) or on your computer (to send them through to a friend!). This is something that really makes the reMarkable paper tablet amazing for students, you can look at everything anywhere (on the bus, while walking to class, etc!)

Your notes easily convert to a PDF and then you can work with them however you want.

4. You will help the planet, by saving paper.

If you are environmentally conscious, you will also be saving paper with the reMarkable paper tablet!

Notebooks, notepads, and diaries (see how I use the remarkable as a bullet journal here) are usually everyday requirements for any student – but you can get rid of all your paper traces with this device.

You can also upload PDF papers onto the reMarkable paper tablet. For me, as a neuroscience student, I am always reading new scientific articles.

Instead of printing them out, I can have that same experience of note taking on the reMarkable.

Without haphazard notebooks, sticky notes and print outs everywhere, you will also be able to better keep track of your notes. Things won’t get lost. There’s a really nice system to how everything is organised within the reMarkable device which extends to the app too.

And, instead of throwing away your filled up notebooks at the end of every semester, you can simply delete. (Or save them on a hard-drive for access if you want to review anything!) You won’t feel guilty about filling up the recycling bin with notes and print outs ever again!

5. Your eyes will thank you!

Kindles were a big thing back in the day because of the good things they can do for your eyes, when compared to staring at backlit computer screens all day.

This study by Benedetto et al. 2013 compared visual fatigue when reading on three different type of materials – e-readers, LCD screens and real paper.

They found that visual fatigue was increased when reading on LCD screens, when compared to both e-readers and paper.

This was measured by the amount of blinks (a well-known indicator of visual fatigue) and also subjective reports of the participants.

So, take a step away from those computer screens and do your eyes a favour by using a reMarkable paper tablet to get in all your readings.

As I said before, it’s easy to drag and drop PDFs to the device, and then you can mark them up, highlight and circle just like you would on real paper.

Final Thoughts on the reMarkable paper tablet…

The reMarkable paper tablet has been a real game changer for me at university, and was heavily used during my last few years of undergrad.

I have no doubt that in the next three years of my PhD, this device will be taken to its greatest potential!

If you need more information about the reMarkable tablet as a university student, have a look at the ways I use the device as a university student (there’s a lot you can do with it!)

Hopefully you now understand why you should buy a reMarkable paper tablet – you won’t regret it.

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7 Chrome Extensions for Students to Revolutionise University Life

Hitting deadlines is all about being smart and efficient with your time. You can make researching, note-taking and essay writing more streamlined by simply downloading practical browser extensions. Here are 7 Chrome extensions for students that I use on a day-to-day basis as a fourth year Honours student)!

You can easily add these extensions to your browser through the Chrome Web Store.

Google Scholar

If you do absolutely any type of research online, you need to download this chrome extension.

When you are chatting to friends or supervisors about new research articles, this extension makes it super easy to quickly find what you’re looking for.

OneTab

If there’s anything that grinds my gears, its looking over at someone’s laptop next to me with 32 browser tabs open. Seriously! It’s a big clutter you just don’t need.

The OneTab extension neatly shrinks all your open browser tabs into one succinct list! This means that firstly, you won’t need to leave a whole lot of browser tabs open while completing one assignment AND you get a clean, tidy list (so you can easily find the webpage you’re looking for when you return to working). This extension for students is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Notion Web-Clipper

I use this extension every time I want to save something into a Notion links database, making it easily accessible later on when I want to come back to it. It works like a bookmark, but can be easily integrated into your notion workspace. I have used this one lately for post-graduate planning and sorting through options for travel accomodation.

Zotero

The Zotero extension makes researching and referencing super easy. With just one click, you can transfer the details of your open webpage to the Zotero reference manager, and use this later on to quickly add in-text references to your essays.

If you’d like to know more about how I use Zotero, check out my blog post: How to use Zotero for Students: Master Reference Managers.

Momentum

Momentum is by far my favourite Google Chrome extension. It has less practical use than all my other extensions (for work-focused students) BUT it creates an absolutely beautiful workspace every time you open up a new tab on your browser. And sometimes, having something pretty to look at when you open up your computer can be very helpful to get you stuck into your work!

The Momentum extension gives you a new wallpaper everyday, and allows you to set your main priority for the day. You can also customise the new tab screen to show you daily mantras, and add to-do lists in the bottom right or your favourite links in the top left.

Dualless

Dualless is another extension you cannot miss out on as a student. Especially if you have to do a tonne of reading and internet researching. This browser extension allows you to quickly ‘snap’ your current window into a certain size across you screen, allowing you to have multiple browser windows open side by side. Super useful for reading and taking notes simultaneously.

AlphaText

On top of Dualless for researching and reading, the Alphatext extension is also super useful in this domain. Some content on the internet can be difficult to read, with strange fonts or interesting colours. With the Alphatext extension, you can alter any page to present content in any font and size you most prefer. It’s a real saver for those tired eyes on late night study sessions.

Hopefully these Google Chrome extensions for students can help you become more efficient at university.

Let me know if you have any extension recommendations!

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How to use Zotero for Students: Save Time with Reference Managers.

When you start writing your first assignment in university, your lecturers and tutors will insist that you pay close attention to your references. You must format them correctly: dot point here, italics here, ‘quotation’ here. In this case, you can be one of two types of students: someone who painfully writes up their references manually one at a time, or someone who works smarter – and downloads a reference manager. Here is an easy to follow, quick guide to Zotero for university students!

Let me show you how you can stop wasting your time and focus on perfecting your essay instead of perfecting your references.

There are multiple programs that you can use as a reference manager. Throughout my undergraduate degree, we were encouraged to use Endnote. My university allows students to download this program for free, but it is normally a program a user has to pay for. If you have access to Endnote and would like to know how to use this program click here.

However, in my Honours year I have chosen to migrate to Zotero. This is purely for the fact that Zotero is a free program anyone can download and is a popular reference manager in my laboratory. Read below for how to use Zotero for students!

How to Download Zotero

Firstly, head to the Zotero website and download the installer. On the front page, there is a button to ‘Download’ and then click on whichever system you are using (Mac, Windows, Linux) and follow the prompts.

You most definitely want to download Zotero itself, plus the browser extension (Google Chrome in my case) and also the Plugin for Word. You can find the plug in by clicking the ‘browse plugins’ towards the bottom of the download page. There is lots of information on how to correctly install these onto your computer.

Make sure that you create an account on Zotero so that your references can be accessible from anywhere and are backed up!

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How to Use Zotero When Writing Essays

Using a reference manager will save you time and effort when writing your essays. But you have to start using Zotero from the very first stages of your research, because back-tracking later just creates problems.

Research

In the research stages of your essay (when you are collecting your information), the browser extension does all the work for you. First, open up Zotero on your computer and create a collection (file -> new collection) on Zotero to save your references in. I usually create separate ones for each essay/assignment.

Whenever you find a webpage or journal article that you will use in your essay, all you need to do is click on the Zotero extension (shown below) in the toolbar of your browser, click on your chosen collection, and Zotero will automatically add the reference to your reference manager.

The more information that Zotero can extract from the webpage, the more correct your references will be later on (check the review process at the bottom of this post).

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To learn about all the browser extensions I use as a university student, click here.

Please note: You will need to have Zotero open anytime you wish to save a reference using the browser extension.

Writing

When you have finished writing up your notes and essay plan, you can move on to actually writing your essay.

This part is super easy! Whenever you write a sentence that you need to reference, simply click on the Zotero section of the tool bar, click ‘add/edit citation,’ search for the reference you need and click enter. Then, Zotero will automatically add in the chosen in-text reference in your selected style! You can just continue on writing.

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The first time you do this, Zotero will ask you for which type of reference style you would like (APA, Harvard, etc.). This will depend on your university and degree program. You can also download new types of references if the one you need is not already integrated into Zotero.

If you wish to use an alternate style of in-text references at any point (different from the usual Name et al., 2020), just edit the in-text reference itself and then tell Zotero not to make any further changes when the pop-up arises.

Adding your Reference List

When you have completed your essay, you will need to add your reference list for your readers to see the information about references you have used.

To do this, click on the add/edit bibliography. And just like that – Zotero will create a reference list of all the in-text references you have previously used, in the style of your selected reference. So easy!

how to use zotero to make a bibliography on word document

Review

Unfortunately, while a reference manager makes the job easier, it doesn’t mean that your references will automatically be perfect. You still need to review and check over your references once they are added in. You can do this one of two ways, depending on your preferences.

First option: Check over all the information for each reference in your chosen collection. Open up your Zotero program, and scroll through each reference, ensuring that all the correct information is in the necessary rows. The information you will need varies according to referencing style (APA, Harvard, etc.) so you may need more or less parts filled out depending on style. Next time you open up your essay in Word, this new information should be updated into your references.

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Secondly, you can change your automated reference list on your word document to text only by clicking unlink citations and manually check or change anything that needs to be altered. You should do this in a second saved version of your essay, as it will unlink Zotero from your document, meaning that if you make any other changes to in-text references or in the Zotero program itself, your reference list will not include the new changes.

And that’s it!

Hopefully this How to Use Zotero for Students guide has helped you to successfully navigate your reference manager! All reference managers are pretty similar so it is likely you can transfer this process to other programs.

All the best with your essay writing (you can thank me later for the extra time you now have!)

If you enjoyed this How to Use Zotero for Students, but would like to try an alternate reference manager… click here to see my guide on using Endnote.

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How to use the reMarkable Paper Tablet for University Students.

How being a paper person just got a whole lot cooler – and more sustainable!

The reMarkable tablet is a very cool and very neat little device. When I first saw the advert, it ticked all the right boxes. But the company doesn’t delve too deeply into everything this the reMarkable can do for university students.

I am a sucker for a notebook full of neat hand-written notes and I kept feeling absolutely rubbish about myself at the end of every semester – throwing away stacks of lecture print outs and highlighted journal articles.

So when I stumbled across an advert for the reMarkable, I was hooked.

the remarkable paper tablet for university students exams

It’s advertised as a tablet with a ‘paper-like feel,’ and it can help you free yourself from distractions. But I’m going to show you how you can actually use the reMarkable paper tablet as a university student everyday.

Taking notes

The easiest and most straightforward functionality of the reMarkable tablet for students is taking notes as you usually would on a lined piece of paper.

lined paper on the remarkable paper tablet

After adding a notebook, you simply select a ‘lined’ template (which mimics a classic notepad) and start jotting down whatever you need. There are options for different types of writing tools (ballpoint pen, fineliner, marker, pencil, brush) and each can be various sizes to suit your writing style. There is also a ‘highlighter’ option to mark out important bits!

The best part is, if you’re a perfectionist, the reMarkable has tonnes of options to edit your work as you go. Having to scribble out my hand written notes (and essentially ruining their aesthetic) was the bane of my existence.

tool bar with different pen options of the remarkable tablet

When note-taking on the reMarkable you can erase sections on the page, move chunks around, resize things and copy things. There are plenty of chances to organise your notes ‘just right.’

Marking Up Lecture Slides

If you’d like to take notes on the lecture slides, you can also conveniently convert a Powerpoint into PDF in hand-out layout.

powerpoint lecture slides with mark ups on remarkable

Do this buy selecting the print option on Powerpoint, changing the layout to ‘hand-outs’ (I usually do 2 slides per page) and then save as a PDF using the drop down at the bottom left. You transfer this PDF to your device using reMarkable’s own computer software, and then open it up as your lecture begins.

Readings & Researching

If your course requires you to do a ridiculous amount of readings, you can most definitely do this on your reMarkable. Bonus points for the easier-to-read and less harsh for your eyes Kindle-like screen. Anything you want to transfer to your remarkable, however, must be either ePUB or PDF.

research article PDF on remarkable paper tablet

Sometimes reading a certain PDF can be difficult if the writing is super small, but there is an option to zoom in. It can however be a bit slow to navigate the page, make notes, and seamlessly read all at once. I haven’t yet found writing size to be an issue with typical journal articles.

Calendar & Daily Scheduling

I have imported both a calendar and daily scheduling ‘template’ to my reMarkable which allows me to note down important dates, class times and what I need to achieve in a day. I’ve used PDFs from Journalize (who have created a whole bunch of really functional templates for reMarkable users).

Bullet Journal

With so many templates on the reMarkable, you can also set up your own digital Bullet Journal! Using the dot template, you can create all the usual bullet journal set ups, and with the various writing tools, you can produce creative and artistic spreads just as you would with a real notebook in your hand.

See how I use the reMarkable paper tablet as a bullet journal.

Technicalities…

As I previously mentioned, the reMarkable has its own computer software in which you can drag and drop files to add them to your device.

This program neatly syncs automatically after any doodling you do on the device, and all your work can be instantaneously viewed on your computer and downloaded as a PDF file.

On top of this, the reMarkable also has a mobile app (from both the App Store and Google Play) which gives your phone the same ability to view any notebooks you’ve made and transfer files to your reMarkable.

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The system itself also does a really nice job of allowing you to organise your files.

Something that I don’t use too often, but is an interesting feature – is the reMarkable’s ability to translate hand written notes into text files that you can email to yourself or colleagues.

I have used this feature to transfer my notes to word/Notion and make my notes searchable.

With this device, I have never been in a situation that I cannot access my notes!

Something that can definitely not be done with real life notebooks. It basically means that I can revise for exams at any spare second of the day – productive much?

Final Thoughts…

Overall, the reMarkable has seriously changed the game for note-taking at university.

My tablet was the centre of attention for its first few weeks of classes (and also catches the eye of lecturers and tutors – a nice ice-breaker!).

And you no longer have to carry around stacks of notebooks or print-outs for multiple classes. Honestly a win-win situation.

As an old-school girl, I also purchased this Steadtler Noris Digital Pen to use with my reMarkable which just makes the experience even cooler.

Honestly, the reMarkable is exactly what you need to keep up with the digital world and save the trees, even as a ‘paper person.’

If you’re still unsure: check out my post on 5 reasons why you need a reMarkable Paper Tablet as a student.

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Read my latest posts!

The reMarkable website now has a tonne more content than when I was first searching for information so check it out here.

You can also find lots of happy reMarkable users on the reMarkable usergroup facebook page. While there are users who have expectations exceeding reMarkable’s capabilities (wishing it worked like an iPad), I find that a lot of people who bought the tablet for its simplicity are very happy.

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