Tech Tools For Study Habits & Organization

August 8, 2013  |  General Tips, Note-Taking, Study Skills

Students are always looking for new ways to make studying just a bit easier, and just a bit more convenient. Of course, we’ve all had the experience of having to lug a massive textbook around, trying to read, memorize and absorb as much as possible before a major exam. Sometimes, this is just the way it has to happen! But these days, there are also a lot of new tools available to help students with organization and study habits. For example, here are a few ways in which apps and new technologies can help with school.

Flashcard Apps
For certain subjects, flashcards remain incredibly effective studying tools for many students. Whether you’re memorizing vocabulary, nailing down mathematical terms, or matching historical events with dates, flashcards can help you to drill in necessary information. Now, they’re easier to make and organize than ever, thanks to a number of apps. Flashcards Deluxe is particularly helpful, as it lets you make cards with words, images, and even sounds, and even allows you to download preexisting flashcard sets.

Cloud Storage
Cloud computing is at the forefront of file sharing and storing technology, and offers numerous organizational benefits for students. Particularly for university students, the ability to save work on a cloud and access it from any device (a library computer, a personal laptop, a mobile phone, etc.) is incredibly convenient, and makes for greater schoolwork efficiency. ShareFile is one useful cloud service provider to consider, as it offers valuable email encryption and security features in addition to simple cloud storage.

Cliffsnotes
If you’re a student, you know Cliffsnotes – the wildly popular service that offers literature summaries, character analysis, etc. to simplify your literature classes. Now, Cliffsnotes is available as a free mobile app, providing incredibly convenient study tools for these classes. Reading summaries, studying themes, and even taking practice quizzes can help you to understand your reading list more thoroughly than ever!

Downloadable Class Content
Depending on your school, you may be able to access notes and lectures online. But regardless of where you go to school, services like the TED Talks app and iTunes U can bring you lectures, educational videos, and class material from a variety of different professional sources. This can be hit or miss, but in the right situation it’s great for extra studying, clarification of class material, and supper for a paper or project.

Ultimately, these are just a few examples of the various technologies, apps and programs that are simplifying student organization and study habits. The fact is, new technological tools are coming out every day with the purpose of simplifying our lives, and students can find numerous ways to take advantage of them.

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


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