College times can be fun, but stressful as well. All those lectures, exams, essays and tests tend to be overwhelming from time to time. Fortunately, technology can help students with their studies, and a large number of gadgets and applications are designed especially for that purpose.
Students especially hate carrying a lot of books around from lecture to lecture, and that little problem can be solved with a tablet. A great deal of books is digitalized nowadays, and course required readings and other materials can always be found in a .pdf, .doc, or .epub formats. Besides, it will help you read more: many classics from great writers such as Melville, Twain or Faulkner can be found online free of charge.
A decent smart watch also comes in handy: it can play music, take pictures or video, have Internet capabilities, even make and receive calls. And you can adapt them to your needs by installing various apps – anything from weather apps to fitness trackers. Some, such as the cheating watch, are especially aimed at students, programmed with software which helps them pass exams: with 4 GB of storage room, it’s a viable option for any student.
But once you have a tablet and a smart watch, you’re going to need some study apps. iStudiez Pro App is one of the best studying apps out there – it’s simple to use, especially for creating study or work schedules and for storing small bits of information. You’ve got an essay due next Friday? Create a reminder and you’ll receive notifications every now and then – there’s no way you’ll forget it that way! If you have some organizational problems, iStudiez Pro is the answer you’ve been loking for. It works on Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
On the other hand, Evernote is completely free and will come in handy during lectures. You can use it to take notes and synchronize with your laptop later to access these notes fast. It has a clipboard allowing you to save articles and webpages for later, and some interesting additional functions, such as the voice memo.
You should also check SimpleMind, which can give your studying a whole new angle: instead of just writing down your notes, the app allows you to spread them out in the form of a mind map, which can be colored to make certain points stand out. By sorting data in that manner, it will be easier to read and to remember.
Many universities use an app called Blackboard. Available for Android and Blackberry (and all Apple products) it can be used to access course information (written by the professor), course work, timetables, grades and many other things. But it’s useful only if your university, teachers and classmates want to use it or already use it.
It’s generally a good idea to get some of your classmates to use the same app you do. For instance, if you use Dropbox, you could all share study materials and important documents and access them separately on your phones, smart watches or laptops. It’s actually widely used in the business world as well, as it makes collaboration and teamwork easier and simpler.
This guest post was written by Goky Brkic, a passionate tech enthusiast and researcher and all round gadget addict as well as aspiring writer of IT related topics. When not exploring the world of tech, you can catch him cycling or spending time with friends and family.