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8 Useful Apps Every Learner Should Not Miss

8 Useful Apps Every Learner Should Not Miss

If you want to be a good student of school or student of life, you’ll need the right learner apps to maximize your capacity to learn and grow. There are some obvious productivity tools (Microsoft Word, the default notes app on your phone, etc.), but there are also many other choices for learner apps beyond the obvious that will enable you to learn more faster. Read below about a number of powerful learner apps for many of your possible needs.

1. Scrivener

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    Microsoft Word

    is the word processor almost everyone, from students to employees, is expected to utilize. However,it has a number of issues. It’s clunky, it’s complicated, it’s expensive… ultimately, it’s just not the best choice for most users. People eager to learn might benefit from simpler word processors or, better yet, somethingjust as complex but much easier to use. Scrivener is one ofthe very best learner apps out there. It takes all the things you need from Word and adds other features like split-screen and the ability to easily combine a series of documents into one file.

    2. Evernote

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      Sure, you can jot down a thought you had with an app pre-installed on your phone. But Evernote does that and so much more. It’s one of the only learner apps that allows you to collect and organize hundreds or even thousands of notes. Students can benefit greatly by keeping a separate digital notebook for each of their classes or fields of study.

      3. Pocket

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        Whether you’re writing a twenty-page research paper or just trying to learn about a subject for your own entertainment, you’re going to need resources on the net to complete your assignment. Pocket is a great way to save articles and web pages to read later orcite as references. With an extension, all it takes is the click of a button to send important information to one handy destination.

        4. Drafts

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          When you need to get something down right away, the Drafts app is among the best learner apps for your needs. That’s because you can type it down and figure out what you want to do with the text later. Options include saving it to Evernote, sending it as a text, posting it to social media, and a whole lot more.

          5. Wiki Apps

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            Wikipedia

            is a great resource for learners, providing you a starting point for your research. Apps that make the Wikipedia experience better are naturally, then, prime choices for learner apps. Check out software like Wikipanion to make something great even greater.

            6. Mailbox

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              Normally, you’re not supposed to use your email inbox as a to-do list, but Mailbox(for iOS, Android and Mac) makes doing so a pretty solid idea. With the ability to separate emails into lists and “snooze” ones for later in the day, week, or month, this is one of the onlylearner apps that makes the highly coveted Inbox Zero possible.

              7. 1Password or LastPass

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                If you get hacked, you risk losing all kinds of research and data that you badly need. To create highly secure passwords and keep track of all of them, you need a password manager like 1Password or Last Pass. It might cost a little money, but it’s going to save you from a lot of scrambling.

                8. Lynda.com

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                  This is easily the most expensive of the learner apps on this list, but it’s also probably the most valuable. Lynda.com is a subscription service where you can watch video tutorials about almost every subject you can think of. Its minimum $30 a month sounds like a lot, but it gives you an oftentimes equal or superior experience to that of a live class that would cost you ten times as much.

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                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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