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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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              Why Work Life Balance Doesn’t Exist (And How to Stay Sane)

              Why Work Life Balance Doesn’t Exist (And How to Stay Sane)

              If you’ve ever felt like work-life balance isn’t really possible, you may be right.

              Actually, I think work-life balance doesn’t exist. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a rising star in the corporate world, work is always going to overflow from your 9 to 5 into your personal life. And if you have ambitions of becoming successful in just about any capacity, you’re going to have to make sacrifices.

              Which is why, instead of striving for the unrealistic goal of “work-life balance,” I use a combination of rituals, tools, and coping mechanisms that allows me to thrive on a day-to-day basis.

              Of course, moments still arise when I may feel overloaded with work and a bit out of balance, but with these daily rituals in place, I am able to feel grounded instead of feeling like I’m losing my mind.

              Here are five daily practices I use to stay focused and balanced despite a jam-packed work schedule:

              1. Pause (Frequently!) to Remember That You Chose This Path

              Regardless of which path you take in life, it’s important to remind yourself that you are the one who chose the path you’re on.

              For example, one of the joys of being an entrepreneur is that you experience a significant amount of freedom. Unfortunately, in moments of stress, it’s easy to forget that choice goes both ways: you chose to go your own way, and you chose the obstacles that come with that journey.

              Remember: tomorrow, you could choose to leave your job, shut down your company, and go move to a farm in the middle of nowhere. The choice is yours.

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              Whenever I catch myself thinking, “Why am I doing this?” I simply remember, “Oh, wait. I chose this.” And if I want to, I can choose another option. But at this moment, I own it because I chose it.

              That simple mental shift can help me move from feeling out of control to in control. It’s empowering.

              2. Use ‘Rocks’ to Prioritize Your Tasks

              Sometimes having a to-do list is more overwhelming than it is helpful.

              The daily tasks of anyone in a high-stakes, high-responsibility role are never-ending. Literally. No matter how many items you check off your list, each day adds just as many new ones, and even after a full day it can often feel like you haven’t accomplished anything.

              So instead, I use “rocks”—a strategy I learned from performance coach Bill Nelson.

              Say you have a glass container and a variety of rocks, divided into groups of large, mid-sized, and small rocks, and then some sand. If you put the small rocks in first, you’re not going to be able to fit everything in your container. But if you put the big rocks in first, then the mid-sized, and, finally, the small, they’ll all fit. And at the end, the sand fills the extra space.

              The point of this strategy is to designate a handful of your biggest priorities for the week—let’s say five tasks—as the things you absolutely have to get done that week. Write them down somewhere.

              Then, even if you accomplish nothing else but those five things, you’re going to feel better, since you completed the important tasks. You’ve made progress!

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              Identifying your “rocks” is a better way of tracking progress and ensuring that you focus on the most critical things. You can create rocks on a weekly or even daily basis.

              Some days, when I’m feeling the most frenzied, I say to myself, “You know what? Let’s boil it down. If I accomplish nothing else today and I just do these three things, it will be a good day.”

              3. The PEW12 Method

              Of all the daily practices I follow, Purge Emotional Writing (PEW12), which I learned from Dr. Habib Sadeghi, is my favorite.[1]

              Here’s how it works:

              Pick a topic, set a timer for 12 minutes, and just write.

              You may be dealing with a specific issue you need to vent about, or you may be free-writing as emotions surface. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing or what your handwriting looks like, because you’re never going to re-read it.

              At the end, burn the pages.

              As the paper burns, you will feel all of those emotions you’ve just poured out either being reduced or dissipating completely. Both the writing process—which is literally unloading all of your unnecessary stuff—and the burning of the pages feel incredibly cathartic.

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              And you can do PEW12 as frequently or infrequently as you feel you need it—once, twice, or multiple times a day.  

              The reason I find this exercise so helpful is because, sometimes, I get in my head about a difficult issue or troubling interaction with someone, even when I know there is nothing to be done about it.

              But as soon as I do my PEW12, I feel a sense of relief. I have more clarity. And I stop circling and circling the issue in my head. It makes things feel resolved. Just try it.

              4. Set Sacred Time (Like a 20-Minute Walk or Evening Bath)

              Outside of work, you have to try to protect some time for restoration and quiet. I call this sacred time.

              For example, every single night I take a bath. This is a chance to literally wash off the day and any of the energy from the people, interactions, or experiences that I don’t want to take to bed with me.

              I actually remodeled a bathroom in my house solely for this purpose. The bath ritual—which includes Himalayan bath salts, essential oils, and a five-minute meditation—is the ultimate “me time” and allows me to go to bed feeling peaceful and relaxed.

              And while sacred time to end the day is crucial, I like to start the day with these types of practices, too.

              In the mornings, I take my dog Bernard for a walk—and I use those 20 minutes to set my intention for the day. I don’t take my phone with me. I don’t think about the endless to-do list. I just enjoy listening to the birds and breathing in the sunshine, while Bernard stops to say hi to the neighbors and their dogs.

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              These might seem like ordinary daily activities, but it’s the commitment to doing them day after day that makes all the difference.

              5. Forgive Yourself When You Fail to Use the Tools

              Sometimes our intention to follow “daily” practices falls flat. When this happens to me, I try not to beat myself up about it. After all, these things are tools to make me feel good. If they just become another chore, what is the point?

              At the end of the day, my daily practices don’t belong in my jar of rocks or on my to-do list or in my daily planner. They are there to serve me.

              If, for some reason, life happens and I can’t do my practices, I won’t feel as good. It’s possible I won’t sleep as well that night, or I’ll feel a little guilty that I didn’t walk Bernard.

              But that’s okay. It’s also a good practice to acknowledge my limits and let go of the need to do everything all the time.

              The Bottom Line

              For most people, accepting that work-life balance simply isn’t possible is the first step to feeling more grounded and in control of your life.

              Don’t waste your energy trying to achieve something that doesn’t exist. Instead, focus on how you’re feeling when things are out of balance and find a way to address those feelings.

              You’ll have a toolkit for feeling better when life feels crazy, and, on the off chance things feel calm and happy, your rituals will make you feel absolutely amazing!

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