Technology is a wonderful thing. And when it comes to studying, you can never have too much help. So I did a bit of research and found 5 study apps that are geared towards keeping you on schedule and on-task with organized study materials.
1. My Study Life
My Study Life (iOS, android, windows, chrome) is a great app to start the school year or new semester with. It is one of those study apps that functions as a planner, but with much more flexibility than your regular paper planner.
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to selecting a planner is the rigidity of the schedule. It’s hourly, daily, or weekly but every page looks the exact same. That’s not real life. Sometimes you’re busy–sometimes you’re not.
The coolest thing about this app, in my opinion, is you can add rotating schedules. Have a class that meets every other day or every other week? No problem. Have a schedule that runs Block A or Block B? That’s fine. This app allows you to choose your layout.
In high school, there are quarter, trimester, and semester schedules. Some schools even go all year. Add extracurricular schedules into that mix and it’s a scheduling nightmare.
Once you hit college it’s the same. You have fall semester, and quarter classes, then winter term, spring semester, plus quarter classes, May term, and then summer classes. Colleges set their own schedules–they can do what they want.
You’ll also get reminders of upcoming classes and assignments through this app. The task lists allow you to plug in more than just school work, so you can keep your life organized in one place. Your daily page doesn’t just show the classes you have and the times you need to be there. It will also show you what you have that’s overdue, or what’s due at the end of the week.
My Study Life is pretty cool–I wish I would’ve known about it when I was in high school. It also would’ve been a great tool while in college.
If you’re looking for somewhere to store all your research, data, or notes, then Evernote is the platform for you. The basic version is free and syncs between your computer and your mobile devices. For new and occasional users, the basic package is all you’ll need.
Evernote allows you to collect your information and store it all in one place. For example, if you’re writing a research paper, you can “clip” information from different websites and articles and save it all on one page. It’s basically an electronic folder for all your notes. No more flipping through stacks of papers to find what you’re looking for.
If you live in the world of group projects, you can also collaborate with your groupmates. In addition to chat capabilities, you can also share pages with them, and they can share their work with you. Pretty handy.
For those that live on Evernote, there are upgrades (like a presentation mode) you can purchase. You can find pricing information and additional capabilities on their website.
More and more teachers are starting to use Quizlet for their classes. According to their website, over 40 million people use it when studying, each month. That’s a pretty impressive number.
So what is Quizlet? It’s a “create your own” flashcard, quiz, and study games website. There is also a free app (iOS and android) that you can download for on-the-go studying. Perfect for studying during spring break!
Unfortunately, the website’s homepage is also a superb procrastination tool. There’s a pretty nifty, extremely distracting map that shows what people are using Quizlet to study for, all around the world, in real-time. Cool to see, easy to get stuck watching for 10 minutes.
But if you want to make your own set of digital flashcards, or take practice tests, this site is great. Teachers are using it to assign homework quizzes and other assignments.
As the world continues to increase its reliance upon tech and having everything in the palm of your hand, you can expect your study materials to go digital as well. At least it will make your backpack lighter.
The Study Buddy app is currently only available for iOS, and it’s not free. However, it is quite affordable at $0.99.
This app is the electronic version of a buddy that keeps you on track while studying. It holds you accountable by showing you the breakdown of how you actually spend your time.
Taking a break mid-study session? Unlike other study apps, this app will tell you when it’s been anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes–in increments. If you’re taking too long to get back to studying, it will let you know.
So, if you find yourself frequently distracted by things like text messages, emails, Snapchat alerts, etc., this app would be a great tool for you. It keeps track of these interruptions and they show up on the graph of time spent studying vs time distracted.
No more lying to yourself. Get studying and stay focused.
One of the best ways to organize your thoughts is with a graphic organizer. SimpleMind is a program that helps you improve your memory using mind maps for brainstorming, keeping track of ideas, and showing there’s a method to your madness.
There are a variety of functions available on this platform. Think of it as a web. You’re mapping out your ideas, but you can also add pictures, videos, websites, and notes to your chart.
Let’s say you’re trying to organize your final project for chemistry. You decide you’re going to explain how ice cream is made. That’s your center “hub”. From there you can find videos on YouTube explaining the process and save those. Then you can add the temperature change and explain how it goes from liquid to solid. But does this change if you alter flavors or ingredients? That answer could be another idea balloon (or node).
If you’re trying to explain how ideas connect or need a visual for explaining your thought process, this is a great tool.
You can use SimpleMind on your computer (via downloadable program) or you can download an app (iOS, Android, and Windows). The app is available for free, or with added features for $4.99. If you use it on your computer and a mobile device, the two will sync, so you’ll always have your most recent, organized thoughts at the tips of your fingers.
When it comes to studying, some of us need help with different things. I’m really organized, but have a hard time staying on task, and procrastinate. My roommate, on the other hand, is highly motivated and works on things weeks in advance.
Finding study apps that keep you organized, on task, and motivated will help you throughout your education. These 5 study apps are a great place to start!