Technology is both a help and a hindrance when it comes to studying, so today on Study Break Down, I’m sharing with you 10 Apps that I use to help me study!
Momentum is a popular app in the study community and you’ve probably seen it on Tumblr and Instagram. It’s basically a new homepage for your internet browser that displays a pretty picture, has a space dedicated for a to-do list and for a focus of the day. I personally enjoy it because it stops me from going straight to Facebook or Tumblr and the second I click on chrome, I’m reminded of all the work I have to get done.
Another one for the computer, this time for mac users (although I’m almost certain there’s something similar available for all of you Window’s users too!), SelfControl is an application that helps stop you from accessing distracting web pages like Facebook, Tumblr or twitter. All you do is put in the websites you want to avoid, the amount of time you want to stay away from them and voila, you’re all ready to study!
Grades is a pretty self-explanatory iPhone app – it calculates your grade. All you need to do is add in your subjects, the assessment and how much it’s worth and your goal grade for the subject. Then as you get marks back, you put them into the app and it calculates things like what grade percentage you’re currently at, what you need to get on future assessment to reach you goal grade, as well as being able to calculate your GPA.
If you’re a fan of the Pomodoro study technique than I know you already know of and love Flat Tomato. The Pomodoro study technique that has been shown to improve productivity, it’s basically a method of breaking down time into blocks of 25-minute cycles broken up by 5-minute breaks and once an hour is complete, you take a 15-minute break. Flat Tomato is the phone version of the timer where you can customise the how long you want to work and what activities you work on.
Simply put, Forest is like the baby brother of SelfControl, only for your phone and it’s a lot cuter. Instead of denying you access to apps on your phone that may distract you, Forest relies on the cuteness of growing your own little trees and eventually a forest to stop you from picking up your phone. All you do is set the length of time you want to stay off your phone and then watch the little tree grow as time passes. Once the timer is up, you have a tree to add to your growing forest!
If your university campus has a Lost On Campus app, download it. As a second-year university student, who has studied at two different universities, I can honestly say, I have needed this app more times that I can count. It’s an interactive map that guides you to rooms and building on campus. There’s also a place for reviews so if you’re looking for the best coffee on campus, this app is sure to help!
I’m not a huge fan of typing up my notes but when I do, I tend to use Evernote. I prefer it over word mostly because I can also have access to whatever I type on my phone and vice versa (which comes handy when I’m writing blog posts as well!) and I really, really enjoy their notebook feature, so I can dedicate a notebook to each class and quickly and easily. find notes from different topics
I love my planner and my bullet journal but I also really love my Google Calendar. I mostly use it because I enjoy the ability to colour code so I don’t put much in there but I have it synced to my school timetable so that if any room or time changes occur, I know when and where to go without the tedious process of logging into my school’s timetabling system. I also have reminders for blog posts and assessment there as well, so I never forget anything!
I love, love, love quizlet! It’s a multi-modal learning tool that includes flashcards, games, and basic study modes. The best part is you don’t have to make your own flashcards, often or not if you just search your subject or unit code, there is already material there ready for you to study!
Todoist is a to-do list that you can access on multiple devices and share between different people (so if you’re living in shared accommodation, this one would be great for you!) and because I’m a lover of the colour code, you know I love a to-do list that gives me that option!
What are you favourite apps to help you study? Let me know, I’m always looking for new apps to download!