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Top 9 Apps for Getting Through School

Top 9 Apps for Getting Through School

It’s the digital age we’re living in, and the amount of information the average person deals with daily is impressive. But it does not have to be difficult. Technology is here to help us climb these mountains of data! Computers and tablets, as well as other gadgets and devices, have become increasingly popular in education, researching and essay writing. It is not just students who try to make use of their androids and iPads in class – many schools and universities are trying to tap the potential that the digital assistants are offering to us. Here’s a quick review of ten useful apps that will make your school days easier and more enjoyable.

Mathway

Mathway is an irreplaceable tool when it comes to problem solving. The app helps you do your maths homework. Not only does it do your assignment for you, it teaches you how to do it right. All you have to do is put the equation in and press the Enter button.

Mathway

    LiveMocha

    LiveMocha is a social network for those who are learning languages. You help other people get insights into your native tongue, and they teach you their language. You can even ask your LiveMocha friends to help you with your homework. Nothing wrong with that.

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    LiveMocha

      Delicious

      Delicious is the popular online bookmarking tool, which lets you organize your project material under a single tab. Delicious can be your 21st century personal library for the webpages that you find online.

      Delicious

        Evernote

        Evernote lets you save images, video and audio files from the web. Essentially, the tool turns everything you find on the web into notes. You can share your notes and sync them with your smartphone. There are many benefits from using Evernote on a regular basis, the major one is that the stuff you save can be later used for school projects. It supports a variety of platforms, including major operating systems (excluding linux) and virtuall all mobile ones.

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        Evernote

          EasyBib

          EasyBib does the bibliography for you. Not many students are aware of the fact that such an online tool exists. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try it once and show your bibliography to your professor. Just to be on the safe side – you never know whether they are up to date with the latest formatting style requirements.

          EasyRib

            CiteMe

            CiteMe is a Facebook app that will help you get formatted citations from WorldCat, the world’s largest library catalog.

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            CiteMe

              GradeMate

              GradeMate helps you know what final grade you are getting. The app describes itself as “a resource that helps teachers spend less time on administrative tasks and more time with their students”. You simply note all the grades you are getting throughout the class, and the tool will predict the final result. You will also need to put in the value (i.e. percent of the final grade) of each assignment.

              GradeMate

                SlideRocket

                SlideRocket lets you create awesome and professional looking presentations. It has a vast library of the graphic and audio materials. It would be hard to find those on the web. SlideRocket helps you put them into your presentation.

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                SlideRocket

                  Empressr

                  Empressr is a yet another tool for creating media-rich presentations. Every online presentation creator has their own set of unique media materials and themes. If you can’t find what you are looking for, it might be smart to use several ones at the same time, and then put the presentations together.

                  While apps can be helpful it is wise not to rely on them all the time. It is better to use them only when it’s really necessary and not every time you need them. Otherwise, you might become too dependent on them and will not be able to do even the simplest things on your own. Just ask yourself what happens if the power goes out? But the power is there for now, and it’s nice to have these time-savers at hand.

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                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                  Joe’s Goals

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                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                    Daytum

                      Daytum

                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                      Excel or Numbers

                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                        Evernote

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                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                          Access or Bento

                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                            Conclusion

                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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