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15 Powerful Online Apps to Change the Way You Approach Student Life

15 Powerful Online Apps to Change the Way You Approach Student Life

Back to school time! Soon enough, you will be occupied with classes, academic projects, exams, and of course, a social life. That’s completely fine as this academic year you will have a perfect chance to make yourself more effective in every aspect of your life. There are so many powerful online applications you can use to change the way you approach student life.

You probably own a smartphone and tablet, so you should try to use the potential they offer. Below, you’ll find a collection of 15 apps that will change the way you deal with the daily struggles and joys of student life.

Apps that Change the Way You Study

1.iStudiez Pro
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    Are you prone to procrastination? It’s time to start using iStudiez Pro – an app that enables you to organize your courses, assignment deadlines, and exam schedule. You can organize your entire homework within a single app, as well as up to five courses with the free version.

    2.iTunes University

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      This app enables you to learn anything you want. You might even locate the exact course materials for your school, so you’ll save tons of money on textbooks. In any case, you will find great content for the courses you attend, so you can boost your knowledge through textual, video and audio studying material.

      3.Google Keep

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        This pin-board app enables you to organize photos, lists, and notes on a sleek homepage that you can access on any Android device. You can also speak a voice memo; Google Keep will automatically transcribe it. You are not an Android user? No problem; you can use the online version of the app!

        4.Quizlet

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          This popular study tool provides millions of flashcards sets, so you’ll find materials on any topic you can imagine. You can also create your own sets and share them with the community. The flashcards can be empowered with audio and images, so you’ll enhance your ability to remember the information.

          5.Coursera

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            Every student should start using Coursera! This project enables you to access awesome courses from the world’s top universities. For free! You can learn from the most reputable professors and understand the most complex concepts with ease.

            6.Brainscape

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              You think you’re too old for flashcards? Nope, this studying method is still the most effective one when it comes to memorizing tons of facts in the shortest time possible. With Brainscape, you can create your own sets of flashcards, but you can also download pre-made sets that save you tons of time.

              Apps that Change the Way You Organize Your Time

              7.MyScript

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                You still like taking notes by hand, but you don’t want to bother with notebooks and pens? MyScript is your type of app! It enables you to write down notes when you study, but you can also use it during class. The best part is that you can edit your handwriting, use a drawing mode, adjust the palm fest, add math equations, and do much more!

                8. Wiggio

                This application is made for group work. Once you get over your internal eye rolls at the assignment of a group project, take charge of your assignment by making use of this application that allows you to conduct virtual meetings, create task lists, and share files. You won’t miss a group deadline ever again with this app on your side.

                9.Listatic

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                  This tool enables you to create shareable lists. Thus, it’s perfect for completing team projects on time. You can use the simple interface to create any daily list, so it will also serve you well for planning your daily purchases and social events.

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                  10. Todoist

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                    Forget about Evernote; it’s too complicated with its functions that you never use. With Todoist, you can bookmark important web pages, set reminders, and track assignment deadlines.

                    Apps that Boost Your Focus and Productivity

                    11. 30/30

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                      Your to-do list is too busy and hard to manage? Use this online app that enables you to plan the length of time for each task on your list. Manage your writing tasks and plan ahead, keeping up with the strict deadlines and syllabus requirements.

                      12. Focus Booster

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                        Your brain cannot work non-stop; you need to arrange the work according to its productivity levels. Focus Booster works according to the Pomodoro technique: it reminds you to take short breaks after each distraction-free working session.

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                        Apps that Change the Way You Complete Academic Projects

                        13. Mind42

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                          Mind42 is a fast and simple mind-mapping tool. It enables you to jot down early ideas and develop them into more complex plans. Start every academic project with a Mind42 map that you’ll develop as you progress, and soon you’ll notice that you’re becoming a more successful student.

                          14. Prezi

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                            You need to create a presentation for class? Forget about the plain old PowerPoint; Prezi is much better! You can work on the project from any device and make it really appealing with graphics and surprises that will keep the viewers entertained. I suggest using the pre-made templates as you get used to the program.

                            15. Sugar Sync

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                              This multi-functional platform enables you to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and diagrams. Your projects will be safely kept in the cloud, so you can access them from any device connected to the Internet. You’ll save tons of space on your computer and your work will become much simpler when you start using great alternative to Google Drive!

                              Do you use any other apps that make your life as a student easier? Share your recommendations, but don’t forget to try the tools listed above!

                              Featured photo credit: Matylda Czarnecka via flickr.com

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                              Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                              How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                              How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                              Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

                              Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

                              All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

                              Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

                              How bad really is multitasking?

                              It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

                              Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

                              This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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                              We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

                              So what to do about it?

                              Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

                              Now, forget about how to multitask!

                              Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

                              1. Get enough rest

                              When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

                              This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

                              When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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                              2. Plan your day

                              When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

                              When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

                              Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

                              3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

                              I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

                              I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

                              Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

                              4. When at your desk, do work

                              We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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                              Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

                              5. Learn to say no

                              Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

                              Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

                              By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

                              6. Turn off notifications on your computer

                              For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

                              Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

                              7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

                              Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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                              You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

                              The bottom line

                              Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

                              Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

                              Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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