Simple Outliner

LQ: 7.4


Brain grade: 7.8
Fun score: 7.0

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Simple Outliner is an app designed specifically for developing and organizing ideas and brief sets of notes. A helpful tutorial guides users through the multi-functionality of the note-taking app, making it easy to master. Content is tiled on the home screen in this straightforward app, and this simple method of organization is deceivingly effective for making study guides and categorizing information, as users can create as many subheadings and bullet points as necessary. The lite version of Simple Outliner is free, with a more fully functional, ad-free version of the app available for $2.99. As a note-taking app, basic writing skills are required, and there is no spell check function, making use Simple Outliner recommended for children ages 8 and older.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task. 

2040-1-simple-outliner-freeSimple Outliner, if used correctly, can come to resemble a neatly organized classroom notebook. While the app is a little limiting to be used as the primary way for users to take and store notes, it can be a great supplement for students looking to have access to abridged versions of their most important study materials at all times. Simple Outliner requires users to hierarchically rank and organize their information. Like the traditional Roman Numeral outlining format, users' notes cascade down the screen, with text refining in detail. It is this approach that makes the general aesthetic of the app free from the clutter of too much text. The text-heavy sections of notes are tucked away into the interior of bullet points, requiring users to click and swipe to access the extended pieces of information. Users will be putting general note-taking strategies into practice, strategies that are firmly rooted in organization.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

There are secondary uses for Simple Outliner beyond simple organization, as the app can also be used as a checklist or planner. Users can attribute a date and time to any piece of text they create, enabling the app to function like a daily planner, where users can add and erase personal commitments. Although there is not a way to set alarm-based reminders, users can still use due dates as headings, assuring that as long as they check the app, they will be kept current with their latest and most pressing assignments and obligations. In addition, users can also use Simple Outliner to prepare and study for upcoming tests and quizzes. Users can enter questions, then indent the answer in the ensuing bullet, keeping it a hidden away. When viewing the study guide, users must swipe the question to reveal the answer, making the app resemble an inexhaustible set of flashcards.

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