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Top Productivity Tools for Students at College

Top Productivity Tools for Students at College

The contemporary educational system is largely influenced by technology. Students attend online courses and use the Internet as the main source of information for their projects and learning goals. In addition, college students can find many tools and apps that will increase their productivity and help them meet all deadlines imposed by their professors.
It doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is – with so many tools at hand, you are not allowed to look for excuses. The following websites, apps and tools will help you stay organized and prepared to face any academic challenge.

1. MindGenius

All college students have difficulties to keep up with the immense workload they get. MindGenius is a cool mind-mapping app that brings the activities of researching and note-taking to a whole new level. With the use of this downloadable software (with a free trial of 30 days), you can make your day-to-day activities clearer and manage the overload of information you get.

The tool is extremely easy to use; it is fast and convenient for all college students. You can choose a template that’s appealing to your taste and start an effective mind-mapping session as soon as possible.

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    2. WordCounter

    Looking for a word and symbol counting tool that provides precise numbers? You’ll like the new WordCount tool provided by NinjaEssays. It’s completely free and easy to use. Just paste the text into WordCounter and get the exact number of words and symbols in a text!

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      3. WritingHouse

      If you just finished working on a challenging academic paper, the last thing you would want to bother with is writing a bibliography. Don’t worry; you can easily skip that part and still submit a perfectly-formatted paper with the use of this tool. Citation generator WritingHouse supports Harvard, Chicago, MLA, and APA citation styles, and automatically applies the citations according to the format you choose.
      This tool will help you save not only time, but nerves as well.

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        4. Zoho

        Zoho.com has become a huge part of many students’ lives. It helps them manage academic presentations in an easily-accessible manner and organize large documents without losing their focus along the way. The platform is extremely simple to use and allows a high level of flexibility for the student’s convenience.
        It doesn’t matter what type of document you need to import or export; Zoho supports different formats that allow you to focus on your work without any distractions. You can also use the mobile-optimized version to access your documents on your smartphone whenever you need them.

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          5. Scientific Research

          This website provides open access to great peer-reviewed articles and journals. The project is also available as an Android and Apple app, which provides students and teachers with access to relevant information about their projects at any time. Google does not lead to the most reliable sources of information for the academic papers of students and the teachers’ textbooks, so they are all recommended to use Scientific Research to find verifiable scientific sources.

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            6. Appolearning

            This website provides peer-rated and peer-reviewed educational applications that K-12 teachers can implement into the classroom. The apps are clearly classified by topic, grade, and discipline, and the website also provides information on how to use the featured apps.

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              There is a tool to help you with every challenge you face!

              Your life as a college student is not as easy and fun as you expected it to be. However, you can always make it more pleasurable by doing more work in a shorter amount of time, which will provide you with a considerable amount of free time for activities you will actually enjoy.
              The four tools we listed above will help you deal with your academic struggles and become a more productive student that professors will love and classmates will admire.

              Featured photo credit: Ed McGowan via flickr.com

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              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

              What happens in our heads when we set goals?

              Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

              Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

              According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

              Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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              Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

              Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

              The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

              Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

              So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

              Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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              One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

              Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

              Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

              The Neurology of Ownership

              Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

              In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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              But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

              This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

              Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

              The Upshot for Goal-Setters

              So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

              On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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              It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

              On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

              But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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