Last week, we posted an article listing the mobile games that have taken over a university student’s life. Since balance is the secret to life, we felt it would only be appropriate if we followed up with an article that discusses mobile apps in a more serious manner. After all, cell phones aren’t just used for our entertainment (I know, it’s hard to believe).
This week, we went around asking both students and the Notesolution team what some of the best study and productivity apps are:
We apologize to the 99% of professors who tell us not to use Wikipedia, because we’ve disobeyed you – many times. Face it, despite the “legitimacy” issues that professors have with Wikipedia, this encyclopedia is a lifesaver. There’s arguably no better summary and no better first step in your research paper as Wikipedia. Now with the app on your phone, convenience is at a whole new level. And even aside from school, the app is fantastic when you’re simply curious about random things that come across your mind. Like…the Javan rhinoceros.
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The world of Google Docs gets introduced quite quickly when you reach university. When you’re able to access it so conveniently through your phone, anytime a brilliant idea crosses your mind, you’ll be able to jot it down instantly. You don’t want those genius ideas going to waste! It also comes in very handy for group projects that require real-time collaboration. Being able to make last-minute changes to assignments on-the-go without the hassle of emailing back and forth can reduce headaches from group projects.
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Evernote makes note-taking and organization a whole lot easier for students. The app allows you to write notes, record audio notes, create to-do lists, take photos, the list goes on. Best of all, your files get saved and synced on the web, where you’ll be able to access them anywhere. You’ll no longer be able to use the excuse of “Oh, I forgot my laptop and notes at home, guess I can’t study anymore…”
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When writing that term paper, email, or anytime you feel like acting smart by using wicked vocabulary, Dictionary.com is your best friend. Those conversations where you’re absolutely clueless on what they’re trying to say because of their complicating words; well, at least this app will be available for you to look up those unfamiliar words when you’re running away. Just try not to abuse the thesaurus portion of the app, and start saying stuff like “I have just explicated your histrionics you boondoggling pantomime.”
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Unlike regular alarm clocks that just ring at a certain time, the Sleep Cycle app monitors your sleeping cycle, and rings during your lightest sleep phase. How does it work? If 7:30am is the latest you have to get up, the app begins monitoring your physical movement at 7am. Your movement is an indicator of which sleep stages you are currently in; during deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, your movement decreases. By waking up during a lighter sleep phase, those awesome dreams should no longer be interrupted, and hopefully you’ll never miss another 9am lecture!
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Flashcards! This app is definitely one of my favourites, because flashcards are often so useful for exams. With this app, you no longer need to worry about running out of flashcards, losing them or forgetting to bring them. You can also create flashcards on your computer, and transfer them to your phone, or vice versa. And if you’re too lazy to make your own flashcards, you can browse and download them from Quizlet.com and FlashcardExchange.com. But despite this app’s awesomeness, don’t forget about Notesolution’s flashcard option as well!
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App for your school
It’s great to see our schools adapting to the 21st century, by making a mobile app to help improve the convenience in accessing your student account, or staying updated with important news and events happening on campus. In particular, the app is great if you’re constantly on the look for an open slot in a course you’re wanting to enroll in, or if you need to drop a course immediately to avoid paying a penalty. Some schools’ apps even have a transit section, where the latest information on bus schedules and statuses are available (that’s right, outsmart the snow). If your school offers a mobile app, it’s truly a must-have as well as a cool way to show off your school pride through your phone!
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Did we miss a productivity app? Please leave a comment below to let everyone know!
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