We would all love to function in the most efficient and time-saving methods possible. However, we’re often limited by our lack of knowledge of the right tools to be used when it comes to traversing the road to grade perfection. This article is a pointer guide for students who are looking to better manage their time, stress levels, efficiency, and most important of all, getting things done.
Staedtler Color Pen Set
For fans of writing and doodling, it’s always great to stock up on Staedtler’s Color Pen Set. It comes in a pack of 10 long-lasting colours that will brighten up any page. Just make sure that the material you choose to write on is decently weighted as Staedtler’s Colored Pens pack a lot of colour power with each stroke.
Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes
If you’re tired of sticky notes that seem to either lose themselves (maybe they walk away) or lack the sticking mentality, you should opt instead for Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes that measures 4 X 6 inches with lines to stick straight into your notebook that brings note-taking to a whole new level. Let’s say yes to never losing your sticky notes again!
From a humble beginning in Paris, Moleskin notebooks are now sold worldwide and comes in many different cover patterns that will suit every personality. Manufactured with low hazard materials and acid-free paper, you can have peace of mind when you choose to purchase this wonderful product to write your notes in or doodle.
For fans of “not-writing-unless-necessary”, there’s always the option of downloading Evernote for free on both Apple and Android phones. More options for note-taking requires a monthly fee, but if your aim is to keep your thoughts organised and easily accessible, the basic free option should be more than enough. From words to sentences, images to photos and the ability to share with other users, it is definitely a great app to stay organised with on the run.
Pilot’s G2 0.5mm Pen
The joys of penning down your thoughts can sometimes be dashed when your ink runs out or your nib just stops working. With Pilot’s G2 0.5mm pen, you’ll probably feel teary-eyed when you realise your ink is almost finished since it is such a good and dependable friend. But good news is always around the corner. Just purchase some extra ink refillers and you’re good to go again.
Worried about sounding blunt or rude in a text or email? FoxType is able to break down your sentences to indicate which parts are polite, neutral or downright impolite so that you have a better idea of what you should be saying instead. There’s also a useful thesaurus option attached if you want to discover more words to add to your vocabulary.
When it comes to writing of any sort, it’s essential to run through what you write at least once to weed out inconsistencies, spelling errors and grammar mistakes. By using Grammarly, work can be uploaded and checked using an advance system which detects grammatical mistakes that even Microsoft Word misses.
Another great checker is the Hemingway Editor. It helps to highlight sentences and words in different colours depending on the editing that needs to be done. Long sentences can be shortened to represent more concise information and usage of words can be corrected easily. It’s also free to use online, but a desktop version is available for a one-time fee.
If you happen to facing issues with citations, then Citation Machine is the place to go to. With an embedded search engine that allows the user to locate most materials and a choice of APA, MLA and CHICAGO citation styles to choose from, it helps to automatically generate the appropriate citation for you. Never worry again about misplaced dots and commas.
3) Productivity or Time Management
If you find yourself constantly running late or forgetting events, Google Calendar will be your next best friend. With its friendly settings and constant updates, you’ll soon realise what you’ve been missing out on. Oh yeah, it can also be linked to your Gmail so you’ll be really organised at that point. Cool, huh?
Then again, you might not be as enamoured by Google Calendar, so there’s always the option of iCal, a web calendar for Windows users. It is a fantastic personal calendar that can also be shared with others.
It’s pretty hard to change habits that have been with us for so long, but what if those habits are actually slowing you down in life? With The Fabulous app (available on Google Play), not only will you be constantly reminded of the way your life plays out daily, it also employs Behavioural Economics to help guide you every step of the way.
For fans of sticky notes, there’s another happy option out there for you. Introducing Google Keep, the next generation app for those who want to keep every photo, image, voice recording, music, note and link possible in an organised and user-friendly interface.
Made a list to keep yourself organised and up to date but still end up accomplishing less than expected? Available on 10+ platforms, Todoist is a must-have for those who want to accomplish more without spending more time trying to remember everything.
If you’re handling a major project with many specialised sections that require your attention at different times, then Trello is up to the task. It uses a task management method called kanban where details are stored in “card” format for easy placement and location when needed.
Interested in sharing information with friends and colleagues but find yourself stuck and frustrated when it comes to large files? With Dropbox, not only can you store items that can be shared with other users, you’ll also be able to use it online, on your desktop and also on your smart device.
4) Textbook or Homework
Nobody wants to spend unneccesary money on textbooks for just a semester. With Chegg, you’ll be able to easily locate a textbook of your choice to “rent”. If you’re unable to get your hands on your desired textbook soon enough, there’s always an online version available to tide you over. Then again, if you really want to buy and keep it for yourself, Chegg also provides the option to buy instead.
Bet you haven’t realised that you were able to rent textbooks on Amazon. With its reliable reputation spanning years of online business, its definitely a dependable source that even ships for free if you have an Amazon student membership. If you’re worried about locating a specific or niche textbook, worry no more as there are plenty of textbooks available for you to choose from.
Getting an actual Texas instruments graphing calculator can be an investment that meets a dead end if you only end up using it during your studies. For those interested in using an desktop version instead (or Google Play), there’s always Wabbitemu, an emulator based application that accurately mimics the actual calculator and all its necessary functions.
Mind maps are a thing of joy to look at but can take a bit of effort to set up. With Mindmeister, unleash your creativity when it comes to project management, brainstorming sessions, note-taking and so much more. It is a completely web-based application that allows you to share your ideas with others on a user-friendly interface. You can even collaborate with your friends or colleagues in real-time with the integrated chat option.
5) Creating a Website
Getting your own website up and running can be a daunting task for the unfamiliar (and that would be most of us). With WordPress, not only will you be amazed by how simple and straightforward it can actually be, you’ll also be spoilt for choice with the numerous plugins and options available to totally customise your own site.
With thousands of themes to choose from online, you won’t have to crack your head thinking up a suitable design for your website. If you’re feeling creative, you can even upload a self-designed theme for other users to enjoy. Just think of yourself browsing through an almost endless shopping mall with tons of choices at your fingertips.
For even more theme options for your website, you can always visit Studiopress. With its massive option of beautifully designed, responsive themes and plugins, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Another perk you can enjoy is that it fits right into WordPress (yay!) and utilises a smart design architecture that search engines can easily recognise.
Can you imagine browsing through more than 25,000 website layout options? It really boggles the mind. Not only do they have an intimidating stock of WordPress themes, there are also many options for plugins, eCommerce and CMS. Now you won’t have to worry about coming up with your own design. You’ll only have to worry about sifting through tons of options to find the best fit for your site.
Not everyone is able to design stunning logos and graphics. This is where 99designs will be your best friend. With numerous design freelancers to choose from and tons of happy customers, you know you’ll be in good hands in locating the right person for the job. May it be a personal site, business-related or company site, all you’ll have to do is spend some time chatting and agreeing on the right price.
If you’re unsure where to turn to when it comes to hosting your website, then Siteground is the place for you. From simple web hosting and cloud hosting to dedicated hosting, there’s always something for everyone. Their SuperCacher plugin is built entirely in-house, and it’s suitable for those who wish to accelerate their website loading speed without meddling with the code.
If you thought flash cards were for kindergarten-aged children, think again. With Anki, you’ll be able to learn a new language, study effectively for exams, practising guitar chords and so much more. Its also built to be content-agnostic and can support images, videos and audio for your convenience.
Want to learn something new or master something? Physical classes can be inconvenient (not to mention expensive!) and inflexible. Lynda is a web-based library archive of courses that teaches everything from software and web development to business and design. You can learn straight from your desktop or smart device instantly.
For those interested in getting hands on tutorials on web development, Codecademy will be an essential source of useful guides. Not only is it constantly updated by dedicated people, it also provides many programming options all in one place so you won’t have to scramble around with many different sources.
Studying is often overlooked as a privilege in certain countries. For those who cannot find the time or resources to study at a physical institution, Coursera is the place to go to. Not only do they provide numerous online courses that cater for time flexibility, they are also devised by real professors and experts. Oh yes, some courses are even being offered for free.
Too many books and too little time? With book stores catering to every nook and cranny of reading pleasure, you’ll find yourself flooded with titles in no time. Blinkist in a web-based browser that allows a user to read up a 15-minute summary of a book. Now you’ll know if a particular book is up your alley or a waste of time to buy.
Youtube is always a fun source of entertainment and knowledge, but for an integrated and organised source of education, nothing much beats Khan Academy. This site offers free video courses on tons of academic subjects and integrates a systematic reward system that motivates you to learn more consistently.
For busy bees out there, Pocket is an amazing app which allows you to save information to read, view or watch at a later time. You can save items directly from your browser and tons of other apps and the best part is you can view all this at your leisure offline.
7) Relaxation Apps
Tired eyes, a grumpy demeanour and headaches can be avoided with F.lux. These days, most people end up staring at their computer or smart devices for hours on end without a break. The genius that F.lux is is that it will adjust the lighting on your devices to suit both the time of day and the type of lighting its under at the moment, giving your eyes the proper rest that it needs.
Numerous studies have shown over time that our sleep patterns are important and that waking up doesn’t have to be a pain. With the Sleep Cycle app, not only does your phone able to monitor your sleep patterns with graphs, it will also attempt to wake you up at your lightest sleep phase, allowing you to feel refreshed and energised each time.
Meditation is not as tedious and boring as you thought. With the One-Moment Meditation app, you can learn to meditate in a quick and powerful manner. For those out there who are unfamiliar with meditation, there’s no need to worry as there will be a video guide bringing you step by step to familiarise you with this amazing relaxation method.
Where’s rain when you really want it? Well, the Rainy Mood app has that covered. For just a small fee, you can now access the sound of rain whenever and wherever. Ambient rain sounds will help to provide a peaceful noise barrier that can be used when studying, sleeping and just plain-old relaxing.
Do Nothing for 2 Minutes
Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is exactly what it says. With the sound of waves embedded into the web page, it also detects movements on your computer to help alert you that you should start over again and relax. Forget moving your mouse slightly. Take a moment and just relax.