Using Evernote to Supercharge Your Bible Study Time (Bible Study Tips)

Have you ever heard of the app Evernote? Evernote is an app for capturing notes and ideas in print, voice and pictures, while keeping them organized and searchable. Evernote is an app that can supercharge your Bible study time!

I’ve used Evernote for several years–ever since purchasing my own laptop in my college days. Back then I mostly saved things in the app as an archive, but not anymore. Now, I use Evernote for Bible study and journaling most of all. Though I prefer writing by hand, the pros outweigh the cons in going digital!

Seven reasons to go digital with your Bible study time:

  1. Organize your notes by book of the Bible and topic–at the same time–using tags.
  2. Easily find and reference your notes via search or by viewing tags relevant to the Bible book, topic, event or date.
  3. Print and share your notes with others. Great for group study or when a friend asks a Bible question!
  4. Have all your notes with you without the bulk, no matter where you are–using your phone, tablet or computer. If needed, you can even login from someone else’s computer via the web version of Evernote.
  5. Utilize templates to save time and give you a starting point for staying focused.
  6. Create rich notes with bold, underlined and italicized text, as well as tables, checklists and numbered or bulleted lists.
  7. Save images with text that can be found via search, record audio notes, save clips of web pages, and attach files to your notes.

Interested in using Evernote for Bible study? Keep reading to find out how.

A desktop view of the Evernote app.
A look at my Evernote setup on desktop. (Tap the image for a larger version.)

Quick Links

Getting Started with Evernote
Creating Notebooks
Organizing with Tags
Using Templates
Summary Steps

Getting Started with Evernote

Evernote is completely free, but does offer paid plans with extra features such as note version history and offline mobile access (note: the desktop app still includes offline access in the free plan). I use the free plan and find it to be enough for most everyone. Nonetheless, you can read details for each plan Evernote offers.

Before using Evernote, first download the app and create an account on the device of your choice. Using a computer to get started is faster, but Evernote also works with mobile phones and tablets. (Note: The free plan allows installation on up to two devices per account.)

Creating Notebooks

Next you want to create some Notebooks.

Mac/Windows/Android: Choose the Notebooks tab in the menu on the left side and choose “+ New Notebook” (for Android, this menu slides out from the left).
iPhone/iPad: Choose the “Notes” tab and tap the “+” beside the Notebooks heading.

Notebook ideas for Bible study:
  • Bible Study
  • Reading Notes
  • Saved Articles
  • Sermon Notes

You can even organize notebooks into “stacks” to group a few together. This is a good choice for Christian Podcasts or Bible Classes you’re taking notes on, or perhaps categorizing saved articles and bookmarks if you have lots of them.

Organizing with Tags

Tags help categorize notes and find them more easily. In a sense, tags help create a hierarchy for notes like an index at the end of a book. With tags you can quickly search or filter tags to find all notes on a certain book, chapter, topic or event.

How to create tags:
  1. Create a new note.
  2. Add a bunch of tags you want to start with (see the suggestions below).
  3. When you’re done, you can delete the note you made; the tags will not be deleted.

Depending on your device, add tags by creating a new note and then:

Mac: Click the text that says “Click to add tags” at the top of the note.
Windows: Click the text that says “Add tag…” at the top of the note.
iPhone/iPad: Tap the info bubble (circle with the letter “i”) at the top right.
Android: Tap the tag button at the top of the note.

For Bible study, create tags such as:
  1. Bible book name (e.g. Genesis, Colossians)
  2. Bible book plus the chapter (e.g. Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 13)
  3. Topic, Bible character, parable name, etc. (e.g. Fruit of the Spirit, Parable of the Ten Virgins, Moses, Marriage, Prayer, God’s Sovereignty)
  4. Event Name, Class Name, Preacher/Ministry, or Group Name (e.g. Jones’ Bible Study Group, 2020 Marriage Seminar, New Testament Survey Class, Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries, Verity Podcast)
A glimpse at just a few of my Evernote tags.
A glimpse at just a few of my Evernote tags.

Don’t forget to tag your notes as you create them. It will be more time-consuming to add tags later when you have tons of notes! Try to use 2-5 tags per note.

Using Templates

Templates are an excellent way to save time in Bible study by giving you a sort of outline to start with. You can use a specific format for your notes, depending on the plan or method of study.

First, create a tag or notebook for Templates so you can find your template easily. Next, create a blank note and fill it out as you’d like.

A simple Bible study template I created in Evernote
A simple Bible study template I created in Evernote
Using your template note for Bible study:

On a mobile device: First tap the template note and then the three dots “. . .” and choose “Duplicate Note.” Be sure to select the Notebook you want the note to be saved in.
On a computer: Right click your template note (from within the Notes List) and choose “Copy Note to…”). Then save the note to the Notebook you want.

Next, start using your template as you study God’s Word!

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Summary Steps

1. If you haven’t already, setup Evernote to your liking using the tips above.

2. Create a new note for your current study time using a template or a blank note.

2. Tag your note with at least two tags: the book name (e.g. Ephesians) and the book name plus the chapter (e.g. Ephesians 4). If you have a topic, add that tag as well.

3. Select the notebook where you want to save the note (a default notebook will be auto-selected unless you change it.) Be sure to tap “Done” in the top right in the mobile app (sometimes my notes haven’t saved when I didn’t do this before jumping to another study app!)

4. Add the current date and Scripture address(es).

5. As you study God’s Word, start taking notes and journaling in Evernote!

I hope you enjoyed this article on using Evernote to supercharge your Bible study time. Feel free to ask questions, comment or contact me. Also, remember to signup for the email list to get four ready-made Evernote templates for Bible study.

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Using Evernote to Supercharge Your Bible Study Time

11 thoughts on “Using Evernote to Supercharge Your Bible Study Time (Bible Study Tips)

  1. Thanks for this- super useful! I’ve tried a few times to use Evernote but was daunted by the prospect of transferring previous notes over…this is very helpful!

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  2. I love this post, Amanda. I’m a huge fan of Evernote myself. I so appreciate how you tied it to Bible study! I’m going to feature your post at the Grace & Truth linkup tomorrow at my blog! Thanks for linking this there last week. I’m sure your tips have been helpful to all who have read them.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! It’s definitely my hope that what I share helps others in their relationship with God. So grateful to be featured with this post—hope it is a great resource to many with their study of His Word!

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  3. I have looked for something off and on. I will have to check this out. Especially with the tags and extra organization for all the notes. I have hundreds in iPhone notes. I cringe to think of transferring and tagging them. But it sounds super useful!

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    1. It’s a great app for Bible study note-taking for sure. I can relate though about transferring everything over. That would definitely be a process!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  4. Thanks for these great tips! I use Evernote all the time, but I still haven’t taken advantage of the “tags” option. I think I need to look into that more thoroughly. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Bettie! I too can relate concerning tags! I just recently implemented them in a more organized way too—not only for Bible study but for other writings and resources I save in Evernote. They are a bit intimidating at first for sure!

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  5. Thanks for these tips, Amanda! I found you through Lisa and her Grace and Truth link-up. I’ve been using Evernote for a while and really like it. I haven’t utilized the tags before, so that’s a useful tip!

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