By October 7, 2019

The Best Study Apps for 2019

The importance of a good education cannot be understated. However, with more online resources and support available than ever, working smart to maximise your studying has never been so easy. Many areas of our lives have been transformed by technology, and education isn’t immune to this disruption. Whether it’s working remotely to complete online courses or using study apps to make the most of your efforts, embracing technology can help you to be more organised, efficient, and successful while studying.

Below are some of the best study apps currently available to help you supercharge your studying. However, always remember apps are designed to complement good organisation and a solid work ethic. If you’re looking for a shortcut to avoid doing the work, then you’re in the wrong place.

Anti-procrastination Apps

We’ve all jumped on our favourite game or video-sharing website for ten minutes and suddenly two hours have passed. Apps like Stay Focused and App Block allow you to only whitelist productivity apps between certain hours, limiting your access to all other apps on your phone. Setting restricted usage of the apps that you waste the most time on can ensure reality is as good as your intentions. You can even choose your own motivational reminder that will pop up every time you try to use a restricted app during the blocked hours.

Staving off procrastination is becoming a bigger issue for students. The convenience and accessibility of online courses mean we need more self-discipline than ever, especially if working towards a qualification like a masters education online, as we need to understand the challenges our own students will face in the future.

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Whether it’s your class schedule, homework reminders, or exam times, being organised helps you to maintain control and be prepared. Not being organised can lead to you being flustered or rushed, neither of which are conducive with effective studying. You can utilise easily accessible resources like Google Calendar or you can download a specialised app like myHomework Student Planner. Google Calendar makes using other common Google products very easy, and most people’s familiarity with Google’s suite of products also make it comfortable to use.

The more specialised apps can also provide synchronisation across different platforms. However, the better ones will also provide more student-specific features, such as easily selecting your homework type, attaching files, or easily setting reminders for different tasks.

Speeding up in class

Taking notes can be hard unless you have a bionic wrist or are good at shorthand, so anything that helps must be good. If you’re familiar with OneNote on your computer, then you’ll be glad to hear you can also use it on your phone. The synchronisation across different devices keeps everything up to date and easily accessible. Google Keep can be great for shorter notes, especially if you’re going to set reminders or share them with others. Word processing apps like Word or Google Docs can also be useful tools for note taking, especially if you already use certain other Microsoft or Google resources.

There are many other apps you can use, from calculators to cloud storage, just be careful you don’t spend so much time messing about with selecting and learning apps that it just becomes a new form of procrastination. Use apps from companies you’re already familiar with to minimise the learning curve and keep it simple.

 

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