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30 College Tools Which Make College Life as Easy as ABC

30 College Tools Which Make College Life as Easy as ABC

College isn’t that difficult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the experience a whole lot easier. Don’t struggle through your time, get through it like a boss with these 30 college tools that will make college easier than ever.

1. BenchPrep

Personalize and direct your own learning. Test yourself and improve yourself with this tool. It puts the responsibility for learning back in the hands of the student. You may be passing your mock exams in college while failing your own grade system if you decide to be strict with yourself. It is a very good and serviceable exam-preparation tool.

2. OpenStudy

With this tool, you may make the world of your study group. You may get instant help from a stranger who you find online. You may volunteer, or you may simply take from the community, it is up to you. You may earn volunteer credentials, which you may add to your CV.

3. Assignment Masters

assignment writing service

    Need help to completing your assignment because you have been ill, or because you have forgotten about the deadline, then do what so many others do and have another person write it. The assignment writing service is able to write essays and academic work within a very short space of time, which gives students a little breathing room.

    4. College Tips

    Is it just a big website full of written tips for students? Yes, but why would you need more? There are thousands of online articles that give tips for students, so instead of searching the Internet for a few here and a few there, you may read comprehensive tip lists in one place. Some of the tips are not what you want to hear, and some may upset your parents, but they are mostly true and will save you a lot of trouble and heartache if you take them on board.

    5. Flvto

    This is simply a YouTube converter. Most students want a YouTube converter because you can download any song you like with it without having to pay. However, many students are tired of using converters that tag malware onto the download, or that you use third-party advertising that redirects to malicious sites. Therefore, Flvto has become popular amongst students because of the things it doesn’t do.

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    6. Rate My Professor

    There is no direct benefit to using this website. It is often described by students as the Yelp of the professor-rating world. You are supposed to rate your professors and see other professor ratings. Rate your professors so that other students may see your ratings and pick their classes and institutions a little more wisely.

    7. iStudiez Pro

    As student planners go, this is probably one of the best. It is certainly one of the highest rated. It has quite a few functions, which means that using it is not as simple as many other planning tools. However, its complexity makes it far more useful than its nearest competitors. The color-coding system is also very convenient.

    8. TED

    The TED conferences are as useful as you make them. After all, even some of the most esteemed speakers are able to give terrible presentations. Sadly, it is often filled with people that seem to consider themselves experts and use the TED to validate their high ego. Nevertheless, if you are willing to give it a try, you may find a few lectures that are worth your time.

    9. Mint
    Mint

      Mint is rather well known in the student community for helping people manage their budgets and their money a little better. There is a section on the website that offers you a series of savings, or you may jump right in and start using the online system that allows you to set up budgets and then manage them in real time.

      10. InstaGrok

      This is a learning tool that helps you remember your course content by showing you basic facts and key concepts. The idea is that you will always get a passing score if you learn the very basics, and then anything you learn after that point is simply increasing your overall score. You may add notes, journal excerpts, and mind maps.

      11. SugarSync

      Students that are used to backing up their files will love this tool. Sadly, you have to pay for it, and the website is annoying with its live chat popping up, but if you have the money and you backup a lot, you should consider this tool. It allows you to backup your files with the same file structure that you have on your computer and/or phone right now. It makes backing up a little easier and far more convenient.

      12. Quizlet

      Create your own study set with this tool and learn whichever way you see fit. Use other people’s flashcards and quizzes, or make your own along with making your own learning games. It makes learning a little easier and a little less tedious.

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      13. Sworkit

      Sworkit

        In essence, this game is trying to be your personal trainer. It gives you customized workout routines that you may try while you are out and about. It gives you workouts for cardio, for strength and for yoga. It will also take you through your stretches too.

        14. Dictionary.com Mobile

        The downloadable version is rather goods because it gives you over 2 million word definitions that you may research offline. It also has an offline thesaurus you may use, and if you are online, you may also use the translation software. It is easy to use and it has a word-of-the-day function to help increase your vocabulary.

        15. Koofers

        The Koofers website is good for students that can afford to use it. The website allows students to rate their professors, to revise, and to practice by using Koofer’s mock tests. It is mainly a study website that was created as an alternative to other teaching mediums. It gives students another way of revising, but you will need to pay for their best studying services.

        16. Study Blue

        The Study Blue is great because it offers students a variety of digital tools that they can use to revise and learn. Most students use thing such as their Flashcards to learn, and some use their testing tools to hone their skills. The website is free to use at first, but you do need to start paying if you want their best features like access to their flashcards library.

        17. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

        Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

          This is an iOS app that tries to get you out of bed by forcing you to go to another room. The way it does it is to have you take a target location image. This is a location that is not to close to your bed, but is not too far for you to get to. When your alarm goes off, the only way you may turn it off is to go to the target location and take a photo. It also has countermeasures in case you try to fool it.

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          18. Half
          Half

            Half is eBay’s answer to Amazon, where you may sell your books, movies, games and music without paying any fees upfront. Instead, you pay your fees at the end of the month if your items sell. One of the great things about this website is that it is directed and aimed at younger people, and the rental section is good for students that are too worried to download pirates.

            19. Wolfram Alpha

            The reason why the marketing for Wolfram Alpha is so vague is because they are very much like Wikipedia, but they are trying to pass themselves off as some sort of supercomputer app. Nevertheless, if you are doing research, then you may find content you can reference if you use Wolfram Alpha rather than Wikipedia.

            20. Ice Cream Apps

            A great many students use Ice Cream Apps as their personal toolbox of apps. There is a PDF converter, an e-book reader, a slideshow maker, an e-book reader, an image resizer, and so forth. Most students are able to live with the free versions and do not need to download the pro versions.

            21. IFTTT

            This is a rather odd website because it was created to help people automate their lives in one way of another. The more research and learning you do with regards to how to automate, then the more you get out of the website. The main idea is that you connect your devices and apps, and link them with “if this, then that” statements.

            22. Dragon Dictation

            You are able to dictate onto your phone with this tool. Instead of writing on your phone, you are able to speak the words and it types them for you. The only problem is that many times you are not in the position to give yourself little voice notes. For example, you cannot take dictated notes in class, and people may complain if you start writing your essays in the night by talking them out. Nevertheless, if you are sick of typing into your mobile device, then Dragon Dictation may be just what you need.

            23. StudentRate

            This website offers a series of deals for students. It is mostly centered on fashion, money products and technology, but you will also find travel options and entertainment deals. The quality of the deals is rarely worth shouting about, but the sheer volume of offers the website has means it is worth trawling through the terrible deals to find the diamonds in the rough.

            24. Slack

            If you are working as a group for a college and/or university project, you may need to stay in touch with your coworkers. Using Facebook messenger is one way, but it is not very user-friendly and efficient within an academic setting, that is why the Slack tool was invented. It helps you stay in touch, and it helps correctly archive your messages because you will probably need to keep returning to a minority of them in order to continue your project.

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            25. RealCalc

            RealCalc

              Have you forgotten your scientific calculator? If so, you may quickly download this app and start your calculations. It does all the things a regular scientific calculator does with the only exception being that you are not allowed to take your phone (and calculator app) into your exams.

              26. Audible

              This is a library full of audio books, and audio books are fantastic for students. You are able to learn while you ride on busses, drive, cycle and walk. All the time as you listen to the audio book – you are learning. If you listen to music on a regular basis, then replace your song tracks with audio book tracks and learn as you travel. It’s a great way of absorbing larger chunks of information without really having to put a lot of effort in.

              27. Any.do
              Any Do

                There are many to-do list apps out there and this is one of the more popular ones. Students are spoilt for choice when it comes to to-do apps. Is this the best? Some students think so, and some disagree, but few would say it is a bad or useless to-do list app.

                28. Freedom

                If you find yourself being repeatedly distracted by apps and websites, then there is the Freedom app. You will have to pay for the software, but it allows you to install it on tablets and phones, which makes it rather more useful for mobile-obsessed youths. It may help students improve their focus if they use it correctly.

                29. Studious

                Studious

                  Silence your phone in class with the touch of a button, save your notes, or have your phone remind you when your tests and homework are due. Most students use it as an organizer that is specifically built for college life.

                  30. SelfControl

                  This is a Mac app that you have to download onto your PC or laptop. You set a time and/or date and it helps you avoid distracting websites by stopping you from using/seeing them. It has a few safeguards to stop you abusing the system by trying to switch it off whenever you seek out distraction.

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                  Published on January 16, 2019

                  How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                  How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                  We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

                  You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

                  You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

                  That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

                  Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

                  1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

                  Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

                  We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

                  To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

                  At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

                  The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

                  2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

                  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

                  The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

                  In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

                  It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

                  It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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                  So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

                  • Are you a great strategist?
                  • Are you an effective planner?
                  • Is Project Management your strength?
                  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
                  • Are you the ideas person?
                  • Is Implementation your strength?

                  Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

                  3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

                  One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

                  Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

                  Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

                  Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

                  4. Take Time for Planning

                  “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

                  One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

                  You can take the time to think about:

                  • What’s the purpose of the project?
                  • How Important is it?
                  • When does it need to be delivered by?
                  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
                  • What are the KPIs?
                  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
                  • Who is working on this project?
                  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
                  • What tolerances can I add in?
                  • What are the review stages?
                  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

                  Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

                  5. Focus on Priorities

                  Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

                  Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

                  One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

                  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
                  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
                  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
                  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

                  James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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                    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

                    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

                    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

                    6. Take Time Out

                    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

                    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

                    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

                    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

                    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

                    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

                    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

                    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

                    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

                    8. Stop Multitasking

                    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

                    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

                    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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                    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

                    9. Work in Blocks of Time

                    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

                    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

                    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

                    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

                    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

                    Then take another 10-minute break.

                    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

                    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

                    10. Get Rid of Distractions

                    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

                    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

                    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

                    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

                    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

                    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

                    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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                    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

                    12. Take a Time Audit

                    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

                    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

                    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

                    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

                    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

                    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

                    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

                    13. Protect Your Confidence

                    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

                    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

                    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

                    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

                    Final Words

                    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

                    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

                    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

                    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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