Going Paperless – A Student’s Perspective

There’s plenty of discussion at the moment about how to save the planet. We all know that we need to do our bit to reduce our personal impact on the environment, it is really important to ensure that future generations have a well-groomed, sustainable planet to live on. How do I do my bit? I… Read more »

by JoshuaHodgkin 2 years ago

There’s plenty of discussion at the moment about how to save the planet. We all know that we need to do our bit to reduce our personal impact on the environment, it is really important to ensure that future generations have a well-groomed, sustainable planet to live on. How do I do my bit? I avoid using as much paper as possible during my studies. Instead, I do all my work – and I mean ALL of it – on my iPad or my laptop. 

The main element of my paper-free mission is my iPad. 

Its size and speed, along with its battery life, make it an ideal companion for my time as a student. I have chosen to use the Microsoft suite of apps, I mainly use Word for writing essays and OneNote for taking notes in lectures. I also use Excel and PowerPoint. 

OneNote is by far my favourite app in that cohort. I use a couple of accessories to enhance it – the Apple Pencil to make handwritten notes, mind-maps and that kind of thing, and the Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case – that’s for typed notes along with all other typing – I even write my essays on here! The main reason I chose the Microsoft suite of apps is that my university uses them on the computers – that way it’s very simple to synchronise what I’m doing in my lectures onto the computer, and then I can get all my notes wherever I am – again, without the bulk of carrying paper.

There’s only one issue – I do still need to either have a computer, or use the uni ones, for one thing. One programme that my course uses (SPSS, for statistical analysis) is definitely not replaceable with my iPad – I have to use it on the computer. However, besides that one programme, I am able to use a tablet for everything! I love the freedom that it gives me, as I’m able to work from anywhere at any time. 

Whilst I could, admittedly, have a smaller laptop, I just think that working on an iPad is more fun and encourages me to get things done – I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that I enjoy doing my uni work quite as much as now.