Spooked about School?? These Apps can Help!

With so much going on – exams, projects, class, homework, Halloween fun, work – it’s easy to feel as if college is haunting you! Reduce your stress with these note-taking and time-saving apps!

Want to be more app savvy?  Attend the AAC App Workshop on November 13 from 12:45 – 1: 45 p.m. in CK513! 

StudyBlue
(iOS, Android, and Web)

Study on the go with this easy-to-use ‘digital backpack’. StudyBlue allows you to create custom made flashcards using text, images and/or audio recordings. It even helps you track your progress as you study so you can prepare to ace your next test. The information you create on your flashcards can be learned using many methods.  Study your flashcards, take practice quizzes, or use a review sheet – select a study method that works for you!

Short on time? Search the StudyBlue content library and borrow from the millions of premade flashcards on a variety of subjects and topics. Get organized by storing your flashcards, notes and quizzes for easy retrieval and later use. Need that extra push to start your studying? Set up text message reminders to help you stick to your study schedule! Access StudyBlue from your iPad, iPhone, Android or the Web at http://www.studyblue.com/.  It’s easy to use and convenient, so start studying!

SimpleMind
(iOS and Android)

Do you find yourself wondering how the different topics in your classes are related? SimpleMind is a mobile app that allows you to create your own mind maps on the go.  This app is for those of you out there that are more visual learners.  If you aren’t familiar with mind maps, they are visual diagrams based off of a central idea or concept.  The diagram’s main theme is the centrally located idea, and then related ideas and concepts branch out from the center.  This concept is great for understanding how different concepts are related to one another. You can create mind maps throughout the semester as you learn new concepts and save them.  Then when you go to start studying for your final you already have outlines saved so you don’t have to start from scratch.

Timer
(Chrome App)

You’ve got so much to do and so little time.  There’s homework to do, classes to attend, papers to write, tests to study for, and even some fun activities with friends.  How do you get it all done and still get the grades you want?? Use a timer.  Google Chrome’s Timer app is free and requires no software download.  Using Google Chrome’s timer app is one way to effectively manage your time.  Why time your activities/tasks?  A timer confines a task and therefore, helps direct your attention just on that task.  It gives structure to your studying and helps divide your tasks wisely.  Use a timer to set aside specific blocks of time for each task.  This strategy also helps you set and achieve time-related goals, making you feel awesome and all warm and fuzzy inside.

Get in control of your time with the Google Chrome timer app.  Not a fan of Google?? Check your cell phone for a timer, Mozilla Firefox, or the Mac store for additional, free timer apps.

Do it (Tomorrow)
(iOS, Android, and Web)

Do you struggle with setting up a long-term schedule?  Does the thought of planning out weeks ahead of time overwhelm you?  Then this planning app is just for you, Do it (Tomorrow) only allows you to plan for today and tomorrow.  The app is simple and easy to use, you can order your tasks by having the things that need to get done first at the top, but you can’t put in locations or tags or anything like that.  This app is designed simply as a digital to do list.  Also if you don’t complete a task that is on your today list, it automatically goes to the next day so you don’t forget about it.  The app syncs with the mobile and web versions, so if you like to work on your laptop you can create your list there, and then view it on your smartphone when you are out and about running your errands.  Stay on top of everything you need to get done today and tomorrow!

Want more awesome tips about time management? Check out the AAC Time Management workshop resources!

Brittany Bell – Graduate Assistant
Jennifer Wendt and Jeremy Boettinger – Learning Specialist
Academic Achievement Center

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2 thoughts on “Spooked about School?? These Apps can Help!

  1. Cheng October 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Good job! love it!

  2. AAC November 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Thanks Cheng!

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