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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 July 16, 2019

                              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                              Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

                              Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

                              What to have for dinner tonight?

                              Which route to take to work?

                              How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

                              How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

                              Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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                              No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

                              Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

                              Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

                              Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

                              Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

                              How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

                              Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

                              You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

                              When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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                              1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

                              Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

                              I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

                              2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

                              5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

                              By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

                              For example:

                              If the problem is “always late to work”…

                              • Why am I late to work?
                                I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
                              • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
                                I feel so tired in the morning.
                              • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
                                I slept late the night before, that’s why.
                              • Why did I sleep late?
                                I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
                              • Why did I drink coffee?
                                Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

                              So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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                              3. Simplify Things

                              As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

                              Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

                              4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

                              Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

                              Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

                              Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

                              5. Think Laterally

                              Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

                              ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

                              Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

                              Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

                              6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

                              Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

                              Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

                              The Bottom Line

                              There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

                              Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

                              Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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                              So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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                              Reference

                              [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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