In high school, I was never one to study much. Classes came easily and I typically had homework done before getting home. I learned that college was a totally different beast. It took me a solid year to develop habits that worked. I was much better at studying when I worked on my master’s degree, thanks in large part to many of the apps below. Take a look and I hope they help you, too.
1. Evernote & Scannable
I have written about Evernote before, and I love the app. Scannable makes it much better. My recommendation is that you download both. Evernote is great for taking notes; a good tip is to use the audio recorder to keep a copy of the lecture while you are taking notes. Scannable lets you scan documents into your Evernote account. It is awesome because it is more than just a picture. It recognizes the page and gets you just what you need. You can export the scan to another app or email it.
There are no reminders in college. No teacher tracking you down telling you that paper is due next week. No text message giving you updates on an upcoming project. That is all on you now, so how are you going to manage? Asana made it easy for me and I use it every day to manage my work tasks. It’s very customizable; I rely heavily on tags to organize my schoolwork. You can set due dates and subtasks to make sure each piece of the puzzle gets completed. The notifications could use some work, just to be more time sensitive instead of a daily update. Still, it’s clearly one of those “how did I live without this” app in my life.
Don’t ever lose an assignment again, download Dropbox. Honestly, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box are all great apps that do basically the same thing. I just have always used and loved Dropbox. It’s really just a place to store documents so you can access them anywhere anytime. It syncs with other apps, making it easy to import and export documents. Plus it is very secure. My only complaint is the 2GB limit on free accounts. I wish they would up that. Still, it is worth every penny you spend on it.
4. Dragon Dictation
If you struggle with typing, this is your app. Even if you are great at typing, you might want to consider this app. You talk, it types! I have used a few apps just like Dragon and I have to say that not one of them is as accurate as Dragon. You can speak almost anything into the app and then just copy and paste into another app. With iOS10 and handoff on MacOS Sierra this app just got supercharged. I started a dictation on my iPhone, added to it every so often until it was a really long dictation. Add it to the clipboard and then opened Pages on my Mac and pasted the entire thing from my phone to my computer! It has quick setting for Facebook, Twitter, email and copy, so even if you don’t have a new Mac you’ll find it amazingly helpful.
5. Brainscape or Flashcards+
I used Brainscape for a while and loved it. You can find study decks already created in their marketplace, I even found some specific to my course. You can also create your own. Open the app whenever you have spare time and you can keep your brain trained and ready for that upcoming test.
Recently, I found Flashcards+ and it has very similar features. You can create your own set of study cards and then quiz yourself whenever you have free time. What has intrigued me the most about this app is that it has an Apple Watch app. I thought it might be odd on the smaller screen. I was wrong, it is incredibly easy to get a few quick study minutes in between activities. I found that my “quick five minutes” often turned into 20+, which is a really good thing.
Do you have an app I should review? I am always on the look out so share it in the comment section below.