Study Smarter: Best Apps for StudentsPublished on October 29, 2015 by Matthew
The end of the semester is nearing. Maybe you aced it, maybe you bombed. Either way, utilizing your smartphone as a study tool is something you should be doing. There are dozens of apps out there designed to increase productivity and jam as much information into your head as possible, but swimming through that ocean of apps is worse than studying for a final on a Saturday night. We’ve sifted through the duds and brought you a list of the top 5.
Remember the days of carrying around a planner in school and diligently writing down due dates and assignments, scrambling to keep all the pages organized? Those days are long gone. Any.do provides a neat and tidy way to keep track of everything you need to get done by allowing you to mark assignments by priority. The best part? You can sync the app to all your devices so you’ll never be without your assignments.
Dropbox is literally a must have. It’s essential. You can upload everything in your arsenal; notes, essays, homework, pictures from textbooks, all to the cloud. If you forget your laptop or phone, you simply go to dropbox.com to access your account. Now you have no excuses for forgetting a due assignment!
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on a math problem with no solution in site. It’s often difficult to ascertain the proper method for solving a problem from a textbook, and tutors and teachers aren’t always available. Mathway allows you to type in the problem you’re working on and it will give you a step by step guide on how to solve it. It’s great for checking your work, too!
The worst part of writing an essay, hands down, is having to create a references page. MLA format? An enemy for life. EasyBib changes all that. It takes the annoying part of writing out so you can concentrate on content. All you have to do is enter the name of the book, website, or any other type of reference you use into the app and it will generate the correct citation. What a relief.
Admit it- you’re not always paying attention during the lectures of that particularly boring and monotone professor. Your attention often slips and you can’t help but to check out what’s going on on social media or your favorite shopping or news site. You need some SelfControl! This app acts as your own personal attention guard. It blocks the sites that will divert your attention from your class so that you can concentrate on the important things. When your class is over, it opens them back up.
As a student, it’s clearly important to utilize technology to your advantage. There are so many tools available to enhance your studies; it’d be silly not to take advantage of them. Of course, keeping your devices in proper working order is the key to maintaining good study habits. If you’re in Lafayette, get your smartphone, iPod, or iPad back in working order at an affordable price. Stop by and see us!