The student time, which began for the first time with many of yesterday’s schoolchildren, is an incredibly busy and resourceful time. The time when you need to be in time: to master and digest tons of knowledge, learn to live in a world of independence, fall in love, make friends, make victories over yourself and be aware of events that are full of life both in the native institute and in the world.
Although we often are distracted by notifications on Facebook and ready to be ripened carrots, our smartphones can and should be used to benefit ourselves and studying. In addition to the use of unemployed professors review now we can see what the developers have done to make life easier for students.
1. Puzzle Alarm Clock
How many times did you wake up a couple, because the hand itself turned off the alarm, even before the brain had time to wake up? Puzzle Alarm Clock application effectively fights this: in order to silence their alarm clock, you must first solve several puzzles that appear in random order. If you are afraid to fall asleep even after them, the alarm will ask you to confirm that you woke up, otherwise it will ring again. And for the sleepiest in Puzzle Alarm Clock, there is a function that turns off the alarm only when you scan the selected barcode. For example, shower gel or yogurt in the refrigerator in the bathroom.
There are a huge number of electronic diaries, however, they are usually “tailored” to work, and not to study. But the simple and beautiful Timetable app targets school and university timetables. In it, you can not only drive the time of couples and additional classes but also enter homework, term papers, tests and exams. Under each subject, they suggest indicating on what days and where the couples go, when the exam is scheduled, and even what the teacher’s name is. By collecting information in this way, the application will not only remind you that it’s time to do it but also put your phone in silent mode for the duration of the lesson.
3. MyScript Calculator
Endless calculations and long multi-level formulas are a sad reality for any student of a technical university. If you use a conventional mobile calculator, calculations have to be carried out in several stages, with inevitable errors and recounts again and again. This problem is solved by MyScript Calculator – a handwriting-based calculator that allows you not only to write down the whole calculations, but also not to worry about driving degrees and roots, but to write in the same way as in a notebook – the application will translate the written text into characters and give the result. Thus, the probability of error is minimized, and speed and convenience increase.
While studying, we often have to use books that can be used only in the library reading room, manuals, etc. When it comes to foreign lecture notes, it is not worth talking about them. In a situation where you need to quickly copy a large amount of text, the Scanbot scanning application will be better than the camera of a mobile phone. Scanbot allows you to immediately sort the photographed documents into different albums so that you don’t get confused later on, you can upload the resulting image to the cloud or convert it to a PDF file. The paid version of the application also has a text recognition function.
5. Clockwork Tomato
Clockwork Tomato is a simple and effective timer built on the famous “tomato” technique, in which periods of intensive work are replaced by short breaks. In the classic version, this ratio is 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of rest, which help the brain switch and relax, but the application allows the user to choose the number of time intervals. You can also adjust the number of “tomatoes”, the duration of a long break that occurs after passing several cycles, sounds at the end, etc.
Working with a timer, on the one hand, motivates you to work with concentration and without distraction, and on the other hand, reminds students who are interested in learning about the need to rest and, thus, will not be lazy or overwork.
ToDoist is a simple scheduler with an intuitive interface that allows you to record in a couple of clicks an unexpectedly scheduled appointment or a transferred pair. It is suitable for quick short notes about affairs and events when there is no time or ability to record in detail. At the same time, the scheduler is quite functional: things can be divided into groups and monitor the progress of each “project”, view tasks according to the urgency of implementation, importance, etc., set reminders. For each completed task, “karma” points are awarded, which motivates them to continue to work. In the paid version, the application can be synchronized with the Google calendar.
7. Dict EN-RU
English is taught in almost all universities, and a small, fast, but quite a functional dictionary will probably come in handy. The features of Dict EN-RU are compactness, work offline (so that you will not be left without a dictionary at the most inopportune moment), as well as search taking into account morphology and possible errors.
8. Nike + Training Club
Students often forget about it, but in order to study well, you should keep yourself in shape: if the body is too tired, the mind also stops working well. For breaks (especially during the session), exercises are great. Nike + Training Club is a good free sports app. It has collected many workouts of different orientations: stretching, strength, cardio. All of them are accompanied by detailed explanations and video instructions of famous trainers.
The main disadvantage of smartphones is that they constantly distract us. Messages from friends, notifications about long-fed fish in one game or a completed castle in another, reminders about grandma’s birthday and that it’s time to drink water. Applications make life easier or make it a little more fun, but completely prevent focus. In order to help focus, AppBlock is great. At the hours you set (for example, allocated for preparing for exams), it will block distracting applications so that at this time, you won’t be able to enter them, and notifications will not come, which will allow you to work more productively.
People never read as much as they do while studying. If you are not a fan of fiction and do not study the humanities, you still have to study a huge number of textbooks. FBReader is an e-book reader for all popular formats. Convenient and easy to use, it will allow you to study the necessary literature not only at home but also while traveling, in lines and at lunch, which will speed up the learning process and free up some time.