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What You Need To Know About Various Apps For Students

What You Need To Know About Various Apps For Students

It probably would be wrong to say that today’s students have it easy, but they certainly have many more tools at their disposal than their predecessors from just ten years ago. There are all these cool apps for students and programs making difficult tasks clearer, entire websites dedicated to writing reviews of academic writing services, additional educational courses available for free. It is hard to imagine how we lived without them. So let’s take a look at five excellent apps for students that make the life of a modern young adults so much easier.

1. WolframAlpha (iOS, Android, Windows)

WolframAlpha feels as if it came straight out of future. Dubbed “Computational Knowledge Engine”, at a glance it looks like a normal search engine, but this impression is quickly dispelled when you start learning its capabilities. Holding over 10 trillion pieces of data and over 50,000 equations, it is capable of computing answers and producing reports on topics ranging from physics and mathematics to history and music, providing scientific data on a vague prompt, complete half-remembered aphorisms and much more. It doesn’t exactly function flawlessly yet, but even now its capabilities are more than impressive.

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2. EasyBib (iOS, Android)

One of the most annoying, time-consuming, boring, the least creative, and still an incredibly important part of any research paper is compiling its bibliography. With the help of EasyBib you may forget it as a bad dream – or at least greatly reduce the amount of time, effort and brain cells you will have to waste doing it. It easily formats your literature list in any of more than 7,000 citation styles – you simply have to write the title of the book, and the app will do the rest. Moreover, you may simply take a photo of the book’s barcode, or enter the ISBN, and EasyBib will generate the citation in the necessary style all by itself.

3. Scribd (iOS, Android, Windows)

Scribd may not be free, but $8.99 a month is more than reasonable a price for the access to the constantly growing library of a million+ books, documents and audiobooks. During your college years you will need many books that probably won’t be necessary afterwards, so it is more than a viable alternative to buying them all separately. In addition to textbooks, here you may find fiction and even graphic novels, store books offline, transfer them between your phone, tablet and desktop, and much, much more.

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4. Fast Scanner (iOS, Android)

Students probably have to deal with all kinds of papers, documents, copies and suchlike even more than secretaries; and Fast Scanner app can be a lifesaver when you have to quickly get a copy of a document or a page from a book. It uses your smartphone’s camera to scan a document and then converts then into PDFs you can easily use later or immediately e-mail to somebody who needs them.

5. Gojimo (iOS, Android)

Gojimo is an excellent way to prepare yourself to SAT, ACT, AP or IB tests and, unlike preparatory courses, it is completely free. It contains over 150,000 quiz questions accompanied with detailed answers dealing with all major subjects present in US and British educational systems. You don’t even need to be online all the time – download the app, and it will be available at any moment.

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With all the awesome tools that are at hand, student’s life doesn’t necessarily get easier, but it is certainly more convenient than it was even a little while ago. With these and other similar apps you may forget about trivial mechanical tasks and concentrate on what is really important!

Good luck in studying and making the best of your apps for students.

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Published on April 25, 2019

How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

Have you ever felt limited in your abilities to do something you really wanted to pursue? Maybe it was an ambition you had, or an idea to start something. Perhaps it was an opportunity that came your way, but you weren’t able to take it because something held you back.

Often, we’re unable to progress towards our goals because such obstacles stand in the way. We let our limitations stop or overshadow our abilities to see through to a goal.

Yet, there’s one thing that we rarely think of to use when trying to overcome limitations.

Creativity.

What is Creativity?

When I say creativity, I’m not talking about an innate talent. Creativity is a much needed, but often neglected, skill that everyone has! It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input.

Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

Everything, including brilliant inventions, cannot come from nothing; it all derives from some sort of inspiration. Creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

From this perspective, you can find creativity at play in many areas.

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For example, Mark Zuckerburg rapidly became successful by taking the previously existing concept of social media, and combining it with an incredibly simple interface that appealed to a much wider audience. Uber and Lyft combined the idea of a traditional taxi service with an incredibly efficient smartphone app.

Both of these examples connect different ideas, find common ground amongst the differences, and create a completely new idea out of them.

That’s creativity in a nutshell, and anyone can improve theirs.

Limitations are Actually Opportunities

The advantage of using creativity, is to help you see limitations as opportunities. Take any limitation that you may find yourself facing, is there a way to look at things differently?

Let me illustrate with an example.

On the day of my son’s 5th birthday, my wife and I arranged a party for him at a children’s adventure park. His friends and family were all invited, and the plan was to have a long, fun day out to celebrate.

However, the day didn’t go exactly as planned…

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At Lifehack, we pride ourselves on a healthy work-life balance, so I wasn’t concerned about taking the day off to celebrate. But, on the big day, a call came through to my phone.

It was a manager from Lifehack. He excitedly told me that a group of investors were quite interested in our business proposition, and were wanting to meet later that day.

This was great news! A potential investment could be coming our way. But, I was already miles away from home and the office. Plus, it was my son’s birthday…

I asked if I could call him back once we got settled into the park.

To be honest, I was pretty certain I was not going to be able to make it. Asking to reschedule would be a risky request, but there was no way that I was going to miss my son’s party.

My son could sense something was off, and he asked me what was wrong. So I let him know that I just received a call about a meeting today, but also told him not to worry as today was about celebrating his birthday.

But like all kids, he continued questioning me…

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“But daddy, is it important?”

“No, of course not,” I bluffed.

Then, with childlike intuition and creativity, he asked: “Can’t you just meet with them at the park?”

And, then it struck me! This was the idea that I was missing.

Even though my son didn’t quite understand that it would not be possible for the investors to meet me at the park, it made sense for me to simply do a video call!

I could miss 25 minutes of the party to do a quick call while the rest of the party walked through the aquarium. And, in the end, that was exactly what happened.

I called back my teammate and asked him to briefly explain to the investors why I couldn’t be there in person to meet, but would be happy to join via video. I took the call, and was able to spend the rest of the day at the park with my son.

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Not only did my son enjoy his birthday, his simple idea led to a successful investment meeting that allowed us to get funding for a new project.

This is where I was able to turn a limitation into an opportunity that enabled me to reach my success.

Creativity is One Key to Success

When you use your creative ability to turn your limitations and setbacks into opportunities, you’ll find doors opening for you in areas you may have never imagined.

Remember, your attitude is also important when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. That’s because a positive attitude transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

Check out this article to learn more about how you can tune your attitude towards positivity.

So, the next time you’re feeling limited by your abilities, setbacks or challenges, don’t give up. Really look at the situation, and see how you can leverage on your creativity to find an alternative solution.

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