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Is it worth using the Apple Pencil to Take Notes in High School or College?

Student life can be extremely hectic. Running from one lecture hall to another, taking on many new subjects, and keeping up with a heavy workload can feel overwhelming. Using an iPad can make student life so much easier. Instead of carrying around or forgetting important notes from one class to another, everything is stored in one place. Having an iPad can be a lifesaver, and using an iPad case can save your device's life. In addition, most iPad cases have a convenient little storage spot for an Apple Pencil. So, this is the burning question: is an Apple Pencil worth it to take notes in high school or college?

Let’s find out.

What Are the Advantages of using an Apple Pencil?

Artists and creators have hailed the Apple Pencil for its incredible precision and fluidity in drawing and sketching. It is sensitive to pressure and touch, giving you an extensive range of motion and options when drawing or working on artwork. The Apple Pencil goes beyond the scope of functions and movements that you have by using your finger. In fact, the device gives you an expert-like level of control that opens new worlds.

The Apple Pencil is the way to go if you miss writing but don't feel like shifting back to pen and paper. The great thing about the Apple Pencil is that it is not limited to drawing. Use it to take notes, jot down quotes or highlight any document. You can choose your favorite font and color. In addition, if you love the feel of traditional pens, you can buy cool Apple Pencil silicone covers that transform the stylus into a classic ballpoint. And if you do need to convert your handwritten notes into text, a simple double tap will do the trick.

What Are the Disadvantages of the Apple Pencil?

Sometimes an Apple Pencil might not be enough for note-taking. Or you might make it easier to follow the lecture and type down the most critical points. In that case, switching to a portable keyboard that attaches to your iPad might be better. Or use the iPad's onscreen keyboard. However, depending on the size of your iPad, this might not always be comfortable to use for a long time.

Plus, the Apple Pencil does not come cheap. The second-generation stylus costs $129 and has no extra tips. Writing copious amounts of text might mean replacing the tip faster than usual. It is good to note that Apple sells a set of four for $19.

In addition, keep in mind that both the iPad and the Apple Pencil are sophisticated tools that need to be taken care of to increase their lifespan. Running around college or high school can put them under stress, so safety is crucial. Here are our top tips to take care of your favorite devices.

1.     iPad Case

As you take your iPad and Apple Pencil from class to library, coffee shop to home, both need maximum protection. Investing in a good iPad case will reduce the potential for damage immensely. The Zugu iPad case, for example, provides your iPad with military-grade protection without compromising its looks. The case is made from robust TPU plastic and has reinforced corners to safeguard against any drops, falls, or bumps. You can quickly wirelessly charge your Apple Pencil through the case. And, there is a little snug pocket to keep your Apple Pencil safe and sound instead of losing it in your bag. The Zugu iPad case also has eight magnetic slots, giving you a range of motion to read, type, sketch, watch a movie or put together a presentation. 

2.     Keep Apple Pencil Charged

The Apple Pencil needs a bit of love. Try not to leave the battery on a low charge for long periods as it could lead to the internal battery failing. Once this happens, your Apple Pencil will become useless. So, when you’re not actively using it, pop the Apple Pencil on the iPad’s side to charge up the battery. However, when traveling home or leaving the iPad for an extended period in your bag, we highly recommend putting the Apple Pencil in the case's storage slot. This will prevent it from detaching and potentially getting damaged.

3.     Give Them Some TLC

We all need love and care, including our devices, especially if they have to keep up with class schedules and homework. Start by removing any cables and switching off the iPad. Use a soft, clean microfibre cloth to gently wipe down the iPad’s glass screen and camera area from dust. Take a clean, soft toothbrush and gently brush any lint or dirt out of the ports, speakers, and edges. Do not use any cleaning or abrasive sprays as you might damage the finish or, even worse, the interior.

You only need a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth to clean the Apple Pencil. Wipe the pencil down from the side where there is the tip to the end. Do not wipe the tip – start from just above it – to avoid getting any moisture inside the seam.