Techy Ten: online tools to improve studying habits

  • Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:31 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 9:52 a.m.

School begins later this month, and high-schoolers and college students alike will begin cramming for exams and making outlines for research papers as the days get shorter. Check out this list of 10 online tools to improve study habits and perhaps spend less money on paper this year.

1. Study Blue: Make. Find. Study.

http://www.studyblue.comMore than one million students are already taking advantage of this multi-platform well-designed tool. With Study Blue you can create flash cards and flip through them either online or on your smartphone. Take a quiz of your notes to see your weak areas, or email your notes to a friend who missed the class. Extra features are available at a monthly price.

2. Workflowy: Organize your brain

https://workflowy.comThis is a perfect tool to create outlines for research papers and to keep the information stored online. The website is optimized for smartphones and tablets, so just visit the site in any browser. You can also use it to take notes during class, make to-do lists and to organize any other projects during the school year.

3. Evernote: Remember everything

http://evernote.comEvernote has won several awards, including The New York Time’s “10 Must Have Apps,” and Apple’s “App Hall of Fame” lists. This tool that can help keep everything synced between all devices, and offers collaboration solutions for team projects. Collect sites, screenshots, images, audio and more to organize everything with just one tool.

4. Quizlet: Study by topichttp://quizlet.com

View other’s collection of flash cards by topic, and take quizzes to learn the terms. The site asks you to retype any answer you don’t answer correctly, which helps you to recall the term at a later time. Collections are available for languages, geography, biology, history and other topics. If you’re taking on a new language this semester, Quizlet is for you.

5. StanzaAvailable for iOS at http://bit.ly/ScuLed

Browse 50,000 free works of literature available from Project Gutenberg and Feedbooks. Before you buy a paperback copy, look for a free digital version with this app. Any previously downloaded eBooks of other formats can be added to Stanza to keep everything in one digital library.

6. Wunderlisthttp://www.wunderlist.com

Make master to-do lists, set due dates for tasks, keep a digital calendar and more all within this one well-designed tool for all platforms. It’s much like Evernote but styled quite differently, and all features are entirely free. Viewing tasks by due date is a great way to keep up with what’s due for the upcoming week.

7. Dropboxhttps://www.dropbox.com

Gone are the days where we can claim we left things on a home computer or didn’t bring in a thumb drive. Dropbox is a free cloud storage solution to save all school documents so that they are accessible from any computer or mobile device. If your home printer is out of ink or your paper falls in a puddle on the way to class, having access to your files in “the cloud” means you can still print it out when you make it to school.

8. Dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/apps

Never second-guess a word you’ve never seen before, and find synonyms quickly by having a dictionary app installed on your smartphone or tablet. Get notifications for “word of the day” to grow your vocabulary daily to impress your English teacher.

9. Grades 2http://www.gradesapp.com/

“What do I need to score on my next test to be on track for an A? There’s an app for that.” Keep track of quizzes, tests, extra credit and upcoming projects to have a clear idea of how you are performing in your classes. This GPA tracker does all the math for you – just not the math your Algebra II teacher will expect you to master.

10. Google Drive, Docs and Calendar

If you have a Gmail account that you use on a daily basis, take advantage of Google Drive, Docs and Calendar to have easy access to your files and keep up with due dates. Google offers tools for many needs, so you don’t have to keep up with several other apps to get the job done. Once you’re logged into your Gmail account, visit drive.google.com, docs.google.com and calendar.google.com to begin organizing your digital life.

Stacey Mosier is the web content manager for the Aiken Standard and joined the staff in early 2011.

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