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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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                              How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                              How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                              What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                              When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                              In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                              While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                              As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                                Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                                The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                                But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                                However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                                This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                                Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                                We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                                Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                                Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                                The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                                When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                                When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                                How to Make Decision Effectively

                                Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                                1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                                You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                                Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                                Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                                2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                                You don’t have to choose all the time.

                                Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                                Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                                3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                                You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                                The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                                Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                                Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                                So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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