The funny fact about missing items is that you’ll always find them in the last place you look. It’s #backtoschool time, and you’re looking for the best practices and tools (apps in this case) that will make your life as a student a lot better? I’m pleased to inform you that your search is over. Today I’ll discuss five valuable tips and apps that will make your student life much better.
Who’s a student?
A student is someone who’s going to school or attending some classes to learn something. So the ultimate goal of a student is learning. Even if you’re not going to a formal educational institution but you’re learning something new somewhere, you’re equally a student. College student, high school student, etc. this article’s for you.
Is it hard being a student?
If you’re reading this article, then you aim to learn how to live a healthier student life. So it’s safe for me to say that student life isn’t easy. I have first-hand information to confirm that. Statistics show that depression is the largest risk factor for suicidal youth. What could cause depression, more than the stress that comes with academia?
Taking notes, doing research, studying, tracking your tasks or classes, planning your daily activities, writing quality reports and assignments, exams, etc. These are some of the things that trouble students academically. Of course, there’s social life and all of that.
The world has gone digital, so pretty much every solution is now digital as well. Apps can change a story; they’re about to change a piece of yours today. Before we move, check out this article on 5 most essential apps for every student.
- Take notes the right way: Evernote
For a student, note-taking is primordial. Notes help you keep track of what you’ve read or listened to. According to note-taking experts, a student who’s capable of taking notes will be more effective in achieving their goals. What are your goals as a student? Do you face difficulties taking notes? If the answer’s yes, check out this article on how to become a note-taking expert.
In the meantime, let me introduce you to Evernote, the best note-taking app for students. If you’re a college student or a high school student, etc.. Evernote is necessary for you. Evernote is a sort of do-everything app that lets you take notes in a variety of ways and access them across your phone, tablet, and desktop (or any other device you might have).
The Evernote app can make your student life a lot easier, by helping you take and manage your notes. You can record lectures from instructors, take pictures, scan related documents, and put them together into a single notepad. Access your notepads with utmost ease, anywhere at anytime.
The best way to study smart and live a much healthier student life is to review your notes quickly and frequently. After a lecture or a class, read through your notes quickly. You now have Evernote to help you with this.
2- Plan your day-to-day activities: To-do List
Do you often plan your day, or are you just led by how things unfold? Why is it so important to plan your day? The answer’s simple, planning your day makes your life as a student a lot less stressful. It also allows you to evaluate yourself and helps you to prepare for what’s ahead of you.
If you’ve been having difficulties planning your day, then it’s normal to think that your student life is a mess. Not to worry, you’re not alone. We all have this problem as of planning our days, not just us students. One way to live a happy student life is to plan ahead.
Todo-list apps are just the remedy you need to improve on your daily planning. There’s a tone of those on the app market. Here’s the link to download my preferred To-do List app. This app lets you create tasks for yourself at your preferred time of the day (preferably the morning).
Each task/activity you create carries a name, description, and a date-time. The app makes use of intelligent notifications to remind you of your tasks/activities. The app’s interface is simple, user friendly; while following you everywhere to keep you organized and happy.
3- Track your events; classes, tests, exams, group sessions
Just as planning your day-to-day activities is necessary, planning your long term activities is indispensable for a student. Keeping track of events like classes, tests, exams, group sessions, submission of assignments, etc.. can be very demanding. If you have to succeed as a student, never miss a class. Interestingly, you already have the app you need for this on your phone. It’s the Google Calendar app.
So many users do not know how to harness the power of their Google Calendars. Let’s be honest here; how many times do you even open your Calendar app? Well, that has to change today, because that app can simplify your student life in a way that you didn’t imagine. Need to know when your next physics exam is, check your Google Calendar. With the Google Calendar app, you can;
- Use Reminders to create and view to-dos alongside your events (classes, tests, sessions)
- Goals: Set personal goals, such as “study 5 times a week” and the app will schedule a time for them automatically. Amazing right? Just like the boarding master you no longer have.
- Save time and make the most of every day.
- Have events from Gmail such as; study sessions, assignment submissions, classes, and more are added to your calendar automatically.
If you’re an iPhone user, here’s a list of the best Calendar apps for you.
4- Write much better – Use Grammarly
When I say write well, not talking about your handwriting, though it is something you should always consider. In this case, my focus is on the quality of your written work, including; your assignments, reports, notes, projects, messages to colleagues and instructors, etc.
If you have to write, then write well. Writing is the primary basis upon which the work of a student, learning, and intellect will be judged- in college, in the workplace, and the community. A paper should be written in generally correct standard English, with complete sentences, and be relatively error-free.
Good writing is not easy. Grammarly app is here to help you out. In my latest article, I wrote about Grammarly’s usefulness in improving your vocabulary. You can read that article here. All you have to do is download the Grammarly keyboard into your phone and then turn on the keyboard. The Grammarly Keyboard helps you write mistake-free and with ease in any app you use on your mobile device.
Grammarly provides hundreds of checks, along with seamless integration. Whether you’re sending an urgent email to your instructor on why you missed out on a test, or an important assignment, or your writing a report, you can write from your phone with confidence.
You can also have Grammarly installed for your PC, so have it activated as you type your work. How will you not live the best student life, when all your written work is perfect?
5- Study a little more on your own
The research (Willis, J. 2008) shows that different media stimulate different parts of the brain. So after reading your notes from Evernote, why not watch a Khan Academy video. This way, you’ll have the chance to go over the information you’ve already studied, in different way.
Download the Khan Academy app on the play store, or any other study app you deem feet. Any app that allows you to go over your material again while creating some variation. I bet if you’re able to master your courses and perform well, you’ll enjoy your student life.
Studying smart and not hard gives you the chance to perform better academically while saving you time to socialize and engage in other activities. How else do you want to line a happy student life?
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