Your term has only just started, and the sheer amount of commitments, meetings and assignments are beginning to pile up. While it’s useful to write everything down, how handy would it be to have everything in one place? For just a small amount of money you can download all the necessary apps that will help manage your student life in style:
Too many thoughts and ideas to blast out? Evernote is a free tool that allows you to have all of your ideas in one place. This app allows you to take notes and photos or to create voice memos and to do lists with the added benefit of synchronising your files across all of your devices. So whether you are on your way to lectures or at home you will be able to access your files and share these files with your friends.
2. Study Blue
Flashcards are already a popular revision technique, but what if you could have your custom-made flashcards right at your fingertips? Each flashcard deck can be accessed instantly while you’re on the go, so you can test yourself and keep a track of your progress. You can also go one step further by uploading images or adding audio and videos to make your revision sessions more fun. If you’re stuck, you can contact your friends to ask questions, share flashcards and collaborate, all within the app.
Described as a ‘computational knowledge engine’, WolframAlpha gives you the answers to anything you need to know across a wide variety of subjects. Incorporating Siri software, it makes finding out the answers to general knowledge, random facts and calculations easier while on the move or while putting the last minute checks into your reports.
Recent studies prove that mindfulness can have a positive impact of stress, anxiety, focus, creativity and relationships. Which is where Headspace comes in – it claims to help you improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress. From 2 minute exercises to full-blown 1 hour meditation sessions you can use it as much or as little as you want. And as those end-of-year exams come along this might just be what’s needed to keep those stress levels in check.
Feeling disorganised with too many things to do? Wunderlist is the perfect way to condense all of your work into bitesize, manageable pieces. You can use this app as a list-keeping tool and check tasks off as you complete them across all of your devices. You can also add simple reminders so that those important deadlines are never missed. The shareable features of this app also means you can assign to-dos to classmates and friends to help keep everybody on track.
For those students who are analytical and work with equations and graphs regularly, Quick Graph+ serves as your digital handheld graphical calculator. Using multi-touch display, it allows you to enter equations and convert them into high quality visual graphs to assist with analysis and reporting. Coming in both 2D and 3D formats this app is visually impressive and also means you can store those equations which will recur time and again during your studies.
iTunes – £0.99
7. iStudiez Pro
The perfect app to manage your academic career, iStudiez Pro has a timetable which allows you to enter those assignment deadlines, meetings and lectures all in one place. You can also program alerts to reminder you when each one is due. Perfect for the final week where all your coursework deadlines are approaching! As you receive your marks back, your marks can be added together so that you can also keep track of your academic progress.
iTunes – £2.99
8. Goodreader PDF Reader, Annotator and File Manager
Goodreader has the multi-functionality to read documents in a range of formats including PDF, TXT, DOC and PPT. Once opened personalise them by making notes and highlight key points to help make your seminar readings and revision notes easier. Once finished, the syncing ability allows you to share these docs with fellow students via dropbox.
iTunes – £4.99
The Snap2PDF app removes the need to photocopy, scan and purchase those core readings for your courses. Taking a simple snap, this app converts everyday documents into simple PDF formats. The app also recognises and converts texts that are written in other languages. Once you have finished, you can share with fellow students via iCloud, email or Dropbox.
iTunes – £1.99
10. AudioNote – Notepad and Voice Recorder
Overwhelmed by all of your lecture notes and recordings from this term’s lectures? Audio Note combines the functionality of both note-taking with audio to make the process of recall and revision much easier by synchronising the two. The specialist features allow you to pinpoint the notes taken with the lecture by highlighting the notes as and when they are listened to.
11. EasyBib: Automatic Bibliography Generator and Citation Machine
Getting to grips with the referencing system can be a challenge in itself, on top of keeping a note of all of your sources, including the correct citations can also be tricky. EasyBib removes the time normally used to write out all of your references by allowing you to scan the book you have used, or inputting the website URL. It will create the references for you so you can email to yourself and insert into your bibliography.
Dropbox allows you to keep all of your work in one secure place. It works by storing all of your saved files in the cloud, meaning you can access your files from anywhere and on any device. This app is also handy during group projects where you can all have access to the latest version of your saved documents. You can also favourite certain files to ensure instant offline access. Initial sign-up will provide you with 2GB of storage space with the opportunity to gain more space by referring your friends.
Notability makes note-taking in lectures easier. Save the time you use by printing your slides by using this app to open PDF and ppt lectures then annotate them using a range of font styles. Your notes are also linked to the audio recording feature which means you can bring your notes to life when you revisit them during the revision period. Once you have collected your notes you can organise them to make them easily accessible as well as synchronising them to Dropbox
iTunes – £9.99
These 13 apps are all you need to fully equip you with the means to organise your busy student life. Why not use the extra time you have gained to research job opportunities or by applying for a job with Enterprise? We have plenty of graduate jobs in your area.
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