Take several notes and make a table of contents note that links to them all. This is a fast way to organize notebooks, projects, and topics.

For example, when you scan your student rubrics or work samples into Evernote, it is best save them as individual notes. This way you can share the note with an individual student or parent if they have questions. I've found that you can access it faster as well. But what if you want a quick index of all of the rubrics from one assignment?

In today's 2 minute tip, you'll learn to make a table of contents notecard with a click.

Other Uses of a Table of Contents Notecard

  • Create an index of notes on a common topic (used with a tag) – this could be a person, a topic, or a course.
  • Create an index of your journal entries for a particular year so you can quickly go back to a certain date
  • Create an index of your blog posts or other things you've sent to Evernote via ifttt.com

Evernote is a versatile notebook service and one of three I highlight in Reinventing Writing. Of the nine ways writing has been reinvented, the electronic notebook is one of the most important for students and teachers.

Want to know more?

If you want to know more about digital notetaking, you might also want to see: Notetaking Skills for 21st Century Students,  PREPS: 5 Steps for Notetaking Success or buy my book Reinventing Writing

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2 thoughts on “How to Make a Table of Contents in Evernote

  1. Great post. I will point my students to your video when we talk about note links and TOCs. Another use for TOCs is synthesizing knowledge from a collection of notes. Just add a brief summary of each note after its link on a TOC page to collect knowledge from several resources on the same note. You can even rearrange the order of the links to organize your synthesis, or write a synthesis summary. More strategies for synthesizing knowledge can be found here: http://evernoteaturi.wikispaces.com/Synthesizing+Across+Notes

    Thanks again, Vicki

    • Great tips, Jay — I’m convinced that one of the reasons that we’re not seeing good results from most digital notetaking (students just transcribe) is that we haven’t mastered how to teach notetaking. This is a great point — beside the link go ahead and write one sentence summarizing that other note. WHAT A GREAT BEST PRACTICE. This makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing it! Wow.