By Zoe Taylor
There’s no denying it: technology makes studying easier. We’ve given you our top five apps for staying organised, now check out our top 10 tech tools that will make studying a lot easier!
Obviously a computer is going to make studying online much easier for you, however it’s the kind of computer that we’re focusing on here. A laptop allows you to study anywhere you like, and allows you to store all your work and lesson booklets on it – so if you’re going somewhere that doesn’t have Wi Fi, you can download all the coursework before you go to your location of choice.
While not as powerful as a laptop, an iPad or Tablet is easier to carry and store. Want to study on the go? No problem – you can take this on public transport with you and study while you’re on your way to work or to meet a friend.
Don’t have a tablet? Aren’t interested in buying one? No problem. Your smartphone can do pretty much all the things that your Tablet can, just on a smaller screen. Save your notes to your smartphone and do some study whenever you get the chance – whether it be while you’re on your way to work or while you’re waiting for a friend.
External Hard Drives/USBs
It’s so important to back up your work – what if something happened to your computer and you lost all the work you’ve done for your course? Depending on how much space your work takes up, you’ll either need a USB or an external hard drive (external hard drives generally have a lot more space).
Like hard drives/USBs…except online! Dropbox and Google Drive are really good online storage devices for backing up your study notes. The best part is that you can access the files anywhere you have access to the internet. So if you left your USB or Hard Drive at home, that’s not an issue if you backed your work up to these cloud storage tools as well!
We bring this up a lot, and that’s because it’s such a useful and valuable tool. You can write down all your notes – even your assignments in Evernote and you’ll always be able to pick up right where you left off, wherever you are. You can easily organise notes into notebooks and notebooks into ‘notebook stacks’ so that they’re easy to find.
Evernote Moleskine Notebook
This is a pretty exciting tool – using an Evernote Moleskine Notebook in conjunction with the Evernote App means that you can save any handwritten notes to a notebook within the app simply by taking a photo! Evernote then interprets your handwriting and you’re able to search for that note by typing in words and topics you remember from the note. Find out more here.
This is a great study tool because it allows you to annotate, draw on and highlight parts of your study documents right on your Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone. Interacting with your study notes is one of the best ways of retaining the information and Adobe Reader is an excellent study tool for that.
Mindmaps your go-to study technique? Perfect – Popplet is the best mind mapping app out there. It’s simple to use and you can email a copy of the mind map to yourself for printing if need be. Even if mind mapping isn’t a method you use, this app is a great way to help you get used to using them – they’re a really valuable tool to use, especially if you’re a visual learner.
A great way to revise your notes is to read them out loud – an even better way is to record yourself reading them out loud and listen back to the recording. Most smart phones have a built in app that allows you to record your voice, but if your phone doesn’t, you might find one that suits you here. This tool is especially useful if you’re an auditory learner.
Whether you use all of these tools or just some of them – they’ll make studying a lot easier and your whole course a lot less daunting!
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