One of the most important study skills for online students is learning how to balance your work, personal life and studies. Fortunately, there are many digital and online organisational tools at your disposal.
Here are six tools that can help make your life a little easier.
Professionals of all industries use Trello to manage their projects and it’s a useful tool for students as well. Whether you’re doing a group project or a solo assignment with multiple parts, Trello helps you keep track of every step.
For advanced users, Trello offers “power ups”, which you can use to integrate a calendar or files from Google Drive onto your board. Trello also makes it easy for groups to see who is responsible for individual parts of each project by letting users drag and drop pictures of team members.
Evernote lets you take your notes everywhere you go, so you can study wherever you find yourself with a spare ten minutes.
You can save your files onto the app, and it will instantly become available across all your devices. For instance, you may have typed your notes on your desktop but you wanted to review them while taking the train to work. If you had saved the notes on Evernote, your notes would have been right there with you on the train.
You’ll also never have trouble finding a document again as the app allows you to search for a document you can’t remember the name of. All you have to do is type in the topic of the document, even if it’s a picture. Evernote will then scan all your documents for those words and pull out the ones that relate to your search.
This app keeps students on task and allows them to build a shareable to-do list. It’s great for group projects, but it’s also a luxury for the personal life of a busy online student as well.
Listastic enables you to share your school assignments and your schedule with your friends and family. So before they try to make plans or ask you to run errands, they’ll be able to see the time you’ve set aside to devote to your coursework. This makes it easier for them to still include you in their lives without forcing you to make tough decisions about how to spend your time.
Being organised also means being tactful with your time, which is why one of the best study tips to learn is how to organise your time throughout the day. Focus Booster helps you stay on task and keep you on schedule.
Focus Booster uses the “pomodoro technique”, which is to focus on an assignment or project for 25 minutes straight, and then take a five-minute break. The app keeps track of the time you’ve spent on an assignment so you can see how productive you’ve been with your time.
You can also use Focus Booster in the professional realm. The app comes with freelance-ready features so you can send accurate invoices to clients.
StayFocusd is a Chrome Extension that limits the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. The setup is simple: just put in the URLs of the websites that distract you the most, set a time limit of how long you can spend on those sites, then turn on the extension.
There’s also a nuclear option if you need to focus on just your coursework without any temptations. This option blocks all websites that aren’t on your whitelist so you can do your work in peace.
6. iStudiez Pro
iStudiez Pro is the quintessential app for students everywhere. Its features include full calendar integration with your class schedule, a dedicated assignments tab for you to keep track of your homework and upcoming projects, and a planner for you to plan significant dates like assessment deadlines and holidays.
The app also starts when you turn on your computer, so right when you sit down to start your schoolwork you’ll see all the assignments you have to complete. You can also set times to take a break, meditate or set a timer for concentration blocks.
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