There’s An App for That

Most of us spend a great deal of our waking hours on our phones or laptops, but this time doesn’t necessarily have to be unproductive. Electronic devices can be a huge resource for students with the help of some handy apps.

The Multitasker

Evernote is a multipurpose app that allows users to write notes, take pictures, make lists, and record audio all in one place. You can also sync your content between multiple devices. Notes can be organized into separate notebooks for each of your classes. If you prefer to hand-write your notes or you have handouts from your classes, you can take a picture of them and Evernote will use a character-recognition program to make these photos searchable. Do you have professors who upload their lectures as PDFs? With Evernote, you can highlight, add text, or insert shapes into PDFs to make studying a breeze.

Your To-Do List, Upgraded

If you want to take your organization skills to the next level, try Trello. Using Trello, you can create different lists for projects you need to complete. Within your lists, specific tasks can be generated with their own due dates. For example, you may create a list for a research paper you need to write. Within that list, you could have one task for conducting background research, one for completing the introduction, and so on and so forth. Lists can also be shared with other individuals so that your group projects stay on track.

Study Better, Not Longer

Our phones and laptops can be great resources while studying, but they can also be distracting. If you find yourself losing focus while studying, try an app like StudyBreak. This procrastination-kicking app allows you to set a timer for your desired study session length and will notify you when it’s time to take a break. If you pick up your phone during the time you are supposed to be studying, you will get a notification telling you to get back to work! There are other apps and extensions that can be used on your laptop, like StayFocusd, that will block you from using certain websites for extended lengths of time.

Flashcards for Success

Writing out flashcards by hand can be a tedious process, so why not type them instead? There are plenty of apps out there that can be used to make flashcards, but I personally use PAL. I enjoy the simplicity of the app, the ability to create multiple decks with unlimited cards, and that fact that once you create an account, your cards can be accessed on multiple devices. This app was a serious lifesaver when studying for my Advanced Neuroanatomy course.