Taking notes by hand is becoming a thing of the past as more and more laptops, tablets, and mobile devices are popping up in the classroom.

With laptops, the choice of note-taking software is usually quite simple, but what about all the new devices on the market? The easiest, most efficient choice for Android, iOS, and tablet users is Evernote.

Evernote has a lot going for it in comparison to other note-taking applications. First, it is available for free. Using the free version limits you in terms of a maximum number of notes and items you can store, but in one semester’s time, it provides more than enough space for most people. The upgraded version does give you unlimited storage and additional features if you really need it and can spare a few extra dollars per month.

The great thing about Evernote is that it’s multifaceted. You are not limited to simple, outlined note-taking. You can record audio memos, take and store photos, email the notes directly from the app, or even send the notes to Facebook or Twitter. You can edit the fonts, highlight, outline, create checklists, and so much more. One of the most unique features is the ability to take photos of entire documents and store them as notes, almost like a computer scanner would.

This app is also simple to use. It can be organized in whatever fashion you find best; there are tabs to separate notes as well as folders you can create to topically organize your ideas.

Tabs can be separated by the location at which the note was created, any tags you place on the note, or the type of note you create. You can even organize the notes within the tabs and folders by date, title, or last updated. Plus, Evernote has a built-in search engine that can find individual words or phrases within your notes if you can’t remember where you made a specific note. The design is clean and simple, keeping clutter and distractions to a minimum.

The Evernote app is a fantastic way to take notes, write drafts of papers, create outlines, or just use for personal projects like writing poetry or journaling. Its simplicity, functionality, and practicality makes it the perfect app for all students—in any major—looking to stay ahead of the curve and take their college experience to the next level.