Here are a number of APPS and WEBSITE RESOURCES to help
students to achieve academic success:
TIME MANAGEMENT AND
30/30 is a simple app
that helps you keep track of the tasks that you should be
doing. You set up a list of tasks and allocate a specific time for each
task. After the timer for the first task finishes, it will tell you to move on
to the next task.
Any.DO Enter your to-do
list and set deadlines for each item. It works across iOS and Android
devices and is integrated into Gmail, so you can set reminders from your
mailbox. Here's a more in-depth look of Any.DO
InClass This free note-taking
app for iPhone and iPad users allows students to take notes right in the app,
and add video, audio, or photo notes (like a shot of the
backboard). Includes task reminders and the ability to share notes with
Homework tracks homework, tests, projects, and
lessons. Has reminders for assignments. Works with iPhone, iPad,
Android, Kindle, Windows 8, and the Web. Can also work offline. Free (ad
version) or $1.99/year option that lets you enter classes by schedule.
is a free and simple timer app for apple and android products and for people of
have "just 5 more minute-itus." You can set its alarm for 2 minutes to an hour
from now and after the short alarm goes off, it then keeps going off (nagging
you) every minute until you either add more time or click stop (and start doing
that thing that you turned it on to remind you to do!
reminder app that allows you to set an alarm that repeats each
minute, hour or day until you actually complete the task--kinda
like a virtual assistant who will nag you until you do what you've gotta
do. You can share reminders with others via email, too.
Planner This to-do app works
with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle . You can easily plan your day by
color-coded categories, and then track your planned time vs. actual time
spent on those tasks. Includes alerts and notifications. Creates a
colorful diagram that shows how you spent your time each
day. Integrates with iCal, the iOS calendar, or Google
Calendar. Free version and pro version for $6.99.
Time Tracker also helps you take charge of how you're
managing your time by tracking how you spend it. Timer keeps running,
even if you switch to another app. See colorful charts that reflect your study
(and other) patterns--per course and per activity. Keep track of deadlines and
task progress, too. Works with iPhone and iPad. $.99
Also for users of Apple products (Mac, iPad, iPhone):
and iHomework are
all scheduling/assignment planner apps where you can enter your schedule,
assignments, exams, course info, etc. and use your iPhone as an interactive
planner. Here is a review
that describes and compares all three. (Looks like for the reviewer
iStudiezPro--which costs $.99 and syncs with iCal) came out on
Habit Forge Looking to form a new
habit? Experts say it takes 21 days to do so. Habit Forge enables you
to enter a task that you would like to do consistently and will send you an
email every day asking you if you did and offering reminders when you want
Habit Maker Habit
Breaker Alternatively, there may be a habit that
you're trying to break. This app will track your goals towards making or
breaking a habit and generate charts to show your progress.
Way Of Life This habit-building
app can help you identify and track your habits with charts and notes, which you
can share with others helping you on the "good habit-building" path.
Anti-Social – Block
the social websites that are killing your focus.
Anti-Social is like a light version of full-scale Internet-blocker Freedom. Rather
than blocking the Internet in its entirety, Anti-Social automatically blocks all
of the known timesinks for a set period of time. Sites that can be set
as temporarily off-limits include Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, Reddit,
YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, and all standard web email programs. It’s not that
different from Self-Control (see below), except that it comes pre-equipped with
a blacklist (which you can add to). You can end your Internet abstinence and
turn Anti-Social off by rebooting your computer. For Macs and
Clearly: Ever feel distracted by having too many items on
your screen? When you download Evernote Clearly in Google Chrome or
Firefox, you can eliminate from the screen all but that which you need to read
and focus on.
everything on your screen except for the words you type on a simple grey
background – all menus (date, timer, dock, etc) are tucked away until
rollover. It has the usual rich text editor features, such as spellcheck and
word count. For Macs and PCs.
Self-Control – Block out distracting websites
for a set amount of time. If you find
yourself checking Facebook when you should be writing a paper, Self-Control may
be the app you need. Set it for 4 hours, for instance, and your browser will
behave as if it’s offline for that period of time. No amount of browser restarts
or computer reboots will stop it. Before you have heart palpitations, know that
you can whitelist or blacklist certain sites. So, rather than completely
disabling the entire Internet, you can selectively decide which sites are OK, or
not OK, to visit during your focus period. For Macs only. PC users can
try Freedom, a
similar app. (Review curtosy of Jocelyn
K. Glei )
StayFocusd – Curb the time you spend browsing
time-wasting sites. This extension, for users of Google’s
Chrome browser, works in the reverse manner to Anti-Social or Self-Control.
Rather than setting a period of time for which you CANNOT use the Internet, it
allows you to set a period of time to indulge in time-wasting sites. Only want
to give yourself 60 minutes a day for Twitter, Googling, and updating your
Facebook page? This is your app. Rather like when you were a kid and only
allowed to watch 2 hours of TV a day. For Firefox users, LeechBlock performs a similar function. For
Macs and PCs.
Brightstorm: A collection of
video explanations of math and science concepts presented by
teachers and professors skilled at taking that which is complex and breaking it
down to provide clarity.
Looking for a little extra guidance with understanding a concept, strategy, or
equations? Khan Academy features a library of over 3,000 learning videos
covering everything from math to physics to
finance to history.
Udacity: Free online learning with
such courses as: Intro to Physics and Intro to Statistics: Making Decisions
Based on Data
Wolfram/Alpha: An answer
engine whose answers are computed based on data, rather than linking to
other web pages. It can answer specific questions such as "How old was Barack
Obama in 1972?" and can also assist with math and science equations.
FLASHCARD AND FACT-LEARNING/PLAYING/TESTING SITES:
Anki: A downloadable flashcard program that will re-test
users at predetermined intervals based on comfort with the information.
Quizlet: A great substitute for
flashcards, you can make your own sets—vocab & definitions, foreign
words & their English translation, musicians & their compositions,
artists & their paintings, etc. It will then generate digital flashcards
(which you can print out or have the computer read aloud), memory games, and
even practice tests. It will read and spell foreign words in the language you
indicate. You can even share sets you create with friends. It'll change the
way you study!
Bubbl: A free site for creating your own
mind maps almost effortlessly. Create an account and store all
that you make
Evernote--Downloading Evernote enables you
to save every website, document, picture, etc. to your Evernote collection and
organize them with tags. Works with practically every computer, phone, and
mobile device there it. Use Evernote to save your course syllabus, articles,
notes, and power points so that you can access all that you may need for
a given course in one location.
The following sites help with
formatting of citations and bibliography entries: EasyBib.com, KnightCite, NoodleTools, Citation
Creation, and EndNote.
Note that any online program that assists students with problem-solving,
whether it be related to calculation, translation, or citation, will be of no
value to you if you let it do the work for you. Such tools should be used as a
reference or reinforcement; but if they substitute for your own efforts,
it will only hinder your ability to learn the information independently. Let
learning tools help you to study smarter!
AND POWER POINTS:
Management Words of Wisdom
College Weekly Planner
to use the Weekly Planner
Semester Calendar (divided in 2 halves)
Semester Calendar (all on one page)
to use the Grade Tracker
for Being On Time and Organized
Tips for ADDers to Stop Procrastinating
Goals and Action Plans
and Action Plan Development
Completed Goal and Action Plan Development
Goals and Actions Planner
and Where You Study
What You Know About Good Study Habits" Article
Great Memory Strategies for Better Grade
Lumosity (and the iPhone/iPod/iPad/Android
app: "Crazy Brain"):
Daily Brain Training Games to Enhance Memory and Attention:
Ten Note Taking Tips
Understanding By Taking Effective Notes
Stages of Note Taking + Cornell Notes and Mind Maps
True/False, Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Test-Taking Tips
Top 10—no, 11 Test-Taking Tips
Questions about any of these?
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