It’s back to school season, which means you may be wondering how you’re going to focus on studying and stay on top of your homework and assignments.
Fortunately, there are apps for your computer and smartphone that can help.
The apps listed below are thoroughly tested, specially picked and can work complementary to each other and help you in various ways.
App #1: Wunderlist
To-do lists are more popular than ever and that’s not without a reason. Whether you use pen and paper or more tech-savvy methods to write down your lists, tracking your upcoming tasks can bring a sense of control in your busy life and reduce stress.
This is true not only in personal life, but also work life. More and more companies are looking for talented team members that are immersed in digital workflow and understanding so that they can be more productive. So much so that those requests are included in job descriptions in companies like creative agencies and event management firms.
Wunderlist is a to-do list and task manager app that works on both desktop and mobile devices, offering accessibility from everywhere. It has a good mix of features for every type of user. Its clean design is a great plus, as people tend to use more often products that are aesthetically pleasing. And, a to-do list app works only if you use it consistently.
App #2: Toggl Time Tracker
Complementary with a to-do list (and a personal must) is a time-tracker app. It’s not irrelevant that procrastination is one of the most popular words in student memes (and sometimes professional ones). One way to tackle that is having a clear image of the work you produce and the guilt (or sense of accomplishment) will motivate you to continue.
Its best feature is that you can group tasks by project and by “client” so you can have a clear view what is for school and what is for your employer and at the same time, divide your study time by subject and specify the task you work at the moment.
Its browser widget is great to remind you when you are slacking. So, no more excuses to procrastinate!
App #3: Pocket
With Pocket, you can easily collect stuff to read later and actually read them. Based on your interests it also recommends articles that might interest you and the great thing about this is that it doesn’t recommend very similar stuff to what you have already read, but unique and well-written content that may align with your general preferences.
For studying, it can be a useful tool to track the online sources you find during your first steps of your research when you are working on an essay or project.
App #4: EasyBib
Bibliographies are often a complicated part of school work, as it is necessary to stick to a certain style that your teacher or university prefers or requires.
Everyone knows how boring it is to write down resources by hand, but apps like EasyBib make a student’s life a lot easier.
EasyBib uses your phone’s camera to scan a book’s barcode and create a citation formatted in MLA, Chicago, or whatever format your school uses. iOS and Android systems are supported and the browser widget will save up valuable time when working from different devices.
Don’t forget to be consistent with the style you choose!
App #5: Memrise
If you are studying a foreign language this is hands-down the app you need to download right now. It offers subscription plans for offline use, but the free version is great too and you can still have access to the useful material.
Memrise uses what’s called “elaborate encoding” to help you memorize your vocabulary and grammar. Instead of having to read through words and their translations, and trying to memorize them as they are, it helps to create associations between the translation and words you already know in your native language.
The best thing about this app is that the most popular textbooks have their own courses in Memrise so you can easily study on your own what you are learning in the classroom and actually prepare yourself for an upcoming test.
App #6: Forvo
Speaking a language with a good accent isn’t a matter of sounding educated or impressing people. Correct pronunciation can change the way you orally perceive a language and it helps you learn faster since hard-to-pronounce words are almost impossible to memorize.
Forvo allows you to quickly access hundreds of thousands of pronunciations stored in its huge database. With over 325 different languages available on it you can sure find the pronunciation of the word you are looking for.
App #7: Khan Academy
For the self-learners and people who want to learn something more than what their classroom provides, Khan Academy is one of the very few apps out there that allows you to learn almost anything for free. Truly free.
With over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and more, you can use it to quickly brush up your knowledge of a certain subject or truly prepare for an upcoming exam.
Its content is divided into school year levels so you don’t need to hassle very much to find where you should start, a common problem with many other similar apps.
The mentioned apps are only a few from what is out there and certainly there a lot of alternatives that may work for others. Some of the apps provide additional benefits (like offline use or additional exercises) to premium users that pay a monthly fee, but this doesn’t hamper the ability to benefit from using the free version.
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