Life as a student can be tough. You are faced with large amounts of study materials, countless assignments and challenging examinations. During this time, it is easy for things to get out of hand and when that happens, late nights and caffeine become your best friends!
To stay sane and on top everything during these years, proper time management and organization are a must. Thankfully, with all the great new technologies and apps being invented these days, everyone can become a pro at managing and organizing their time!
Take advantage of your smartphones and tablets and use the apps available to increase your productivity to get more done in less time. To help you get started, here are 5 great apps for students:
Evernote is an award-winning free app that helps you remember everything across all the computers, phones and tablets you use. It helps you can stay organized, capture ideas and improve productivity. With Evernote you can:
- take study notes
- capture photos
- create to-do lists
- record voice notes
Pros: Evernote’s useful set of tags/notebooks ensures that your notes are filed away neatly and if you ever forget where you saved them, its powerful search function allows you to search even within images.
Cons: All Evernote users are offered 60MB monthly to store notes. For the average user, this limit is sufficient however if you want more storage, then consider becoming a premium user and enjoy 1GB monthly.
Misplacing USBs along with that important assignment can be a big headache but now that can be a thing of the past, thanks to Skydrive. Skydrive is an online virtual storage utility that allows you to store and access your files from almost anywhere. You can also share your files with others which means team assignments can now be more productive!
Pros: Skydrive offers a generous 7GB of data of free storage and if you are after more storage, then Skydrive’s pricing options outweigh many of the providers available today.
Cons: When using the desktop application of Skydrive, to share files and folders with others, you will need to logon to skydrive.com so that a link can be generated. Other providers offer this feature within their applications, however Skydrive’s process is straightforward and takes only a few minutes.
Organize and manage your studies with the myHomework app. The myHomework app helps you keep track of everything. It acts like your very own student planner except that it is paperless and readily available to you on your mobile device and web.
Pros: The myHomework App gives students the ability to add in their class schedules, exam timetables, homework/assignment due dates and then, view them according to subject, type or priority. Furthermore, it encourages students to be organized, which helps them focus more on the work and procrastinate less on other things.
Cons: Students need to check the app regularly to see when due dates are approaching. However if you wish to set alerts to notify you of approaching deadlines, then a feature for this is available in the paid version.
Ace your examinations and remember anything you want with Anki flashcards. With Anki flashcards, no more wasting time with paper flashcards because you can now create beautiful flashcards and have Anki test you on them!
Pros: Anki offers a variety of features to make memorizing information easy. Some features include the ability to ‘suspend cards’ so that they do not appear during a test round, an inbuilt timer and an integrated dictionary.
Cons: Anki is available free only for Android devices (under name AnkiDroid) and as a paid version for iOS users. Flashcards+ however is a great alternative for iPhones/iPads.
Search up definitions and synonyms with the Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus app. The Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus app gives you access to over 2,000,000 definitions, synonyms & antonyms at your fingertips - absolutely essential if you want to spend less time searching for words and more time writing up that essay!
Pros: The Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus app requires no Internet connection for most of its content, audio pronunciation to help you get the word right, customizable font sizes for better readability and even a medical and science dictionary!
Cons: Free version comes with ads however an ad-free version is available at a small price.
So there you have it! 5 useful apps to help you organise your work, manage your deadlines and study more effectively so that you, as a Productive Muslim Student, can succeed in your studies, In sha Allah!
Do you know of any more great apps for students? Let us know through a comment below!
About the Author:
Mifrah Mahroof writes about technology and ways it can help you be a Productive Muslim. She is the co-host of the Muslim Life Hackers Podcast, a podcast providing Muslim Life Hackers worldwide knowledge on how hack life to its maximum potential and motivation to get it all happening. You can follow her on twitter here.