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Top Tools For Student Survival

09/05/2018

 

Looking for some motivation to help with assignments, reports and exam prep? Maybe you are wondering how you can deal with the work to be done…?

Fortunately, I have selected some apps, gadgets and life hacks that will help you!

First of all, here are the best apps for your schedule, studying and social life needs:

Student planner apps

  • Timetable: is the most creative and intuitive app on Google Play for managing your school or university life. Save your timetable and all tasks from homework to exams.
  • Tasker: essentially it’s a programming tool that performs tasks (sets of actions) based on contexts (application, time, date, location, event, gesture) in user-defined profiles or in clickable or timer home screen widgets.
  • iStudiez Pro: is one of the best application for students that combines schedules tracking, assignments and notes. This app is available for iOS and Mac OS.

Revision apps

  • StudyBlue: is one of the largest platforms where students from all around the world share their study materials. Moreover, this platform also tracks your studies, setups reminders and creates custom quizzes.
  • GoConqr: It’s an integrated set of content creation tools to create revision charts, such as mind maps, flashcards, notes and quizzes. Also, it’s a network where you can connect and collaborate with friends, classmates or students from around the world.
  • Khan Academy:  As the slogan says “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. In this app you can learn and revise anything for free!
  • SimpleMind: SimpleMind is designed to organize ideas and remember things by creating mental maps- you can add pictures!

Language Learning Tools

  • Duolingo: Duolingo is a language-learning app and website that features comprehensive guides for nine of the most commonly taught languages in the U.S., including Spanish, French, and German. Duolingo actually features an intuitive, step-by-step learning progression that leads speakers through the basics of the language while gently challenging them and explaining key grammatical concepts. For that, and its excellent design, it’s also been named one of the best apps by Apple, Android, and TechCrunch.
  • Pleco: For anyone who wants to expand Chinese language knowledge. Pleco gives you the freedom to engage with the Chinese language in a variety of ways. It serves as a digital dictionary that helps with vocabulary and also enables you to look up characters from texts, images, and even handwriting.
  • Beelinguapp: You will learn new languages throughout audiobooks.  This app shows you a text in two languages- your native language and the one you want to be better at.

Presentation Maker

  • Prezi: Prezi allows you to make cool interactive presentations and collaborate on projects in real time. It can also feed updates of your work to your devices. One of the things that make Prezi stand out is the versatility of its presentations. Prezi has moved away from the traditional notion of slides and gives users new data-presentation methods that are not only visually appealing but also conducive to audience engagement.

Reference Maker

  • RefMe: is an app that scans a book’s barcode and creates a citation in the form of reference you want: MLA, Chicago, etc.

As a student myself I like to spend money on practical items, such as some of the following gadgets:

Logitech’s Slim Folio

If you usually use your iPad to take notes, it would probably be more practical to use a good keyboard case. The iPad keyboard I recommend you to use is the  Logitech iPad Slim Folio- you will find many similar keyboards on the internet. This model has two functions incorporated: functions as an iPad’s case and as a keyboard. Moreover, its battery system can last up to four years thanks to its intelligent power management system.

iClever Folding Bluetooth Keyboard

Have you ever heard about a folding Bluetooth keyboard? Now yes and it’s extremely portable! It can connect to any type of smartphone or tablet, allowing you to take notes in any circumstance.

Anker Power Bank

A portable battery (also known as power bank) is very useful for everyday routine, mostly when you have to use your phone all day without having the possibility to charge it. In these circumstances, you will be satisfied to have a portable device for charging your battery at any time, anywhere.

External Hard Drives

We have all experienced once the struggle of working for weeks on assignments and in an instant to lose all the files on our computer due to a malfunctioning… This can be devastating. However, backups devices exist and have the capacity to easily store any kind of files in the cloud.

Rocketbook Wave

If you prefer to take note of hard paper rather than on your computer, this item is perfect for you! With The Rocketbook wave notebook and the rocket book app you can instantly save your notes into the cloud- in google docs, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, box, and email-, perfectly organized the way you want.  Similar to this item- way more expensive-, there is also the ReMarkable tablet which is the world’s fastest digital paper; it works under a note-taking system that actually feels like writing on paper.

Last but not least, I want to share with you some habits that I do while I am studying. The one I use the most when I have to study for an exam is the so-called “studying incentives”. It’s very simple: from your notes, you divide them into many different phases (would be easier to memorize), after you choose the snack or sweet you love,  and you distribute them in the division you have already made previously. Therefore, with this technique, while you are memorizing you get a reward. Now, in order to finish more here are a list of youtube videos about “life hacks” for college students:

That’s all folks! I hope all these different tips will be useful for you to survive at college! In case you use or know any other app, gadget or life hacks, let us know!

Written by
Aïna
Since I was young I have been a proactive person, had the opportunity to live in different countries which allowed me to discover various cultures. Consequently, I felt deeply interested in better understanding our world; therefore I am currently studying International Relations in Blanquerna Ramon Llull University. Simultaneously with my degree I engaged in different projects led by young people to keep learning and to improve myself everyday.

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