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11 Best Websites And Apps For Students

11 Best Websites And Apps For Students

Being a college student can be hard, especially when it comes to studying and actually retaining the information with all these distractions on our phones and laptops like Twitter, Snapchat, and CandyCrush. Luckily, there are apps to help us study and stay on track through out our procrastinated study times. These are the best websites and apps for students to use when studying!

1. Wakerupper

This one isn’t necessarily an app but rather a phone call to wake you up on a big exam day or if you need a reminder for your study group. I like it because I tend to push snore on my snooze button but if I get a phone call, I’m more willing to look at it and answer. You even have the option to put in a reminder of what you’re suppose to be doing.

2. Lighthead

A lot of students don’t buy the reading material because we can find it online. Instead of printing it out (to save trees, not because we’re lazy), we’ll read it on our computers. But if you spend too long with out touching any keys or moving the mouse, your laptop will fall asleep. This app prevents your laptop from doing that while you read.

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*This is for Mac only.

3. Self-Control

This will help you stray away from distracting websites during your study time. It’s basically sets a block on certain websites or apps like Twitter, Facebook or anything else that could be distracting while you’re studying. It helps you get more done, instead of you wasting your time.

*This is for Mac only.

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4. ColdTurkey

This is basically Self Control but for Windows. It temporarily blocks social media and games while you study to keep you from procrastinating. They also just came out with a new feature where you can have certain groups of websites you want to block.

*This is for Windows only.

5. Focusbar

This app reminds you what you’re suppose to be doing when you start straying to other things. It helps keep you on task to a certain thing until you’re done.

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*This is for Mac only.

6. Positive Reinforcement

This app allows you to type your paper or essay and for every one hundred words it give you a positive reinforcement. By positive reinforcement, I mean it’ll show you a picture of a kitten, bunny or puppy. And how could you hate that?

7. Negative Reinforcement

This does the opposite of the Positive Reinforcement. This one times you for the amount of time you wanted to be writing. If you don’t make it to the number of words you wanted within that time then it shows you a scary image.

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8. Another Writing App

This doesn’t let you see what you’re writing until you’ve hit your word goal. It lets all your thoughts flow instead of you constantly seeing what you’re writing and going back and changing it.

9. Hemingway Editor

This will clean up your paper for you. It highlights things that you need to fix or change so you can go back and do that. I don’t mean grammar errors. It literally tells you which sentences are too long and need to be split up and which words need to be changed from an adverb to a verb.

Also, they just came out with a desktop version!

10. Squirt

This lets you read one word at time. It’s really useful if you have trouble reading and focusing in on things. It’s basically like speed reading anything on the web. So if you have to read large amounts of articles at a time for research, then this is good for you.

11. Final Grade Calculator

This is just a final grade calculator, just input some test scores and homework grades and it will calculate what you could possibly make as a final grade depending on what you have left to do. Some of us need that little beam of hope and others will just need a fire lit under their ass to really motivate them.

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Last Updated on September 25, 2019

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

1. Basecamp

    It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

    It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

    Find out more about Basecamp here.

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    2. Asana

      If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

      In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

      Find out more about Asana here.

      3. Casual

        This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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        This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

        Find out more about Casual here.

        4. Trello

          This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

          Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

          Find out more about Trello here.

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          5. OmniPlan

            This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

            You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

            A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

            Find out more about OmniPlan here.

            6. Podio

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              This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

              There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

              Find out more about Podio here.

              7. Microsoft Project

                This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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