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the best apps for studying27/02/2020
There may not be an app that can give you a photographic memory or ensure you retain statistics forever (here’s hoping!).
There are a couple of apps you can use to help alleviate some of the anxiety and frustration that usually go hand-in-hand with studying.
You’re probably using Notes on your phone a couple of times a day. But have you heard of Evernote? It’s a game changer. Not only can you take notes, you can also add images, sound and colour labels. You can even organise notes into different notebooks or tags. Evernote is linked to different devices so you can access your information from any platform, be it your phone, tablet or laptop.
App: Google Drive
Cost: Free (up to 15GB)
Google Drive gives you up to 15GB of free storage for all your photos, videos, presentations, PDFs or Microsoft Office files. Working on a group assignment? Use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides to create and collaborate with others. And the best part? Google Docs, Sheets and Slides automatically save so you won’t lose a 1 000-word essay because your computer crashed and you forgot to save!
App: Easy Study
Space: 25 MB
Between lectures and socials and sleeping and eating, you’re not sure whether you just put orange juice in the laundry basket and your socks in the fridge. If you have absolutely no idea where or how to start, Easy Study will help get things on track. Simply add the subjects you need to tackle, enter the amount of time you want to spend on each of them and allocate the number of hours you plan on spending on each subject every day. The result? A timetable that will help optimise your time.
App: Focus Keeper
Space: 31.5 MB
Your roommate just took up playing the drums and your neighbour’s dog keeps barking during load shedding. It isn’t always easy or possible to focus for long periods of time. This app can be used to help you maximise your concentration by planning your study sessions with short breaks at strategic intervals. It’s basically the app for the Pomodoro Technique. This time-management method helps you break your time into short intervals with periodic breaks. So, that means you work for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break.
Staying focused isn’t always about tuning in. Sometimes it’s about switching off. We would also recommend downloading an app that blocks your other, uhm, more distracting, apps. Yes, we’re talking about Instagram and Tik Tok. Flipd is good for this.
Poring over pages of fine print can cause major brain drain. Make sure you take a mental health break every now and then. Meditation is a great way to unwind. It helps you put things in perspective, and only takes 10 minutes.
Meditating not really your thing? Download an exercise app like Sworkit, which provides personalised and customisable video workouts for any length of time, so you can fit in a workout during a study break.
If you’re a visual learner, you might want to try this app. With Cram you are able to create your own notes using flashcards. Ditch the paper trail by testing yourself and your friends in a more engaging (and eco-friendly) way.
Remember: we are all wired differently and our brains learn in different ways. Find what works best for you, and if you get stuck, well, there’s probably an app that can help with that!
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