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Best apps for returning to study

Want to work smarter, not harder? Try using these apps to maximise your productivity. From clever study tools to timesaving hacks, these top apps for studying will have you covered both inside and outside the classroom.

 

IStudiez Lite/Pro

What is it?

A class and homework planner

Why is it so helpful?

This app is ideal for keeping track of your classes, assignments and social activities. It syncs with multiple third-party calendars such as iCal and Google Calendar, as well as being available on your computer. It also lets you add your location, lecturers and looming deadlines. The best feature of this app is that it lets you prioritise your assignments and set notifications for upcoming due dates.

 

 

Tinycards

What is it?

Create flashcards for revision

Why is it so helpful?

Tinycards, created by the people behind language app, Duolingo, the language-learning app, helps users memorise anything from Chinese symbols and medical technology to capital cities and Greek Gods using effective learning techniques. You can choose from thousands of subjects, or create your own cards for upcoming exam revision.

 

 

Dragon Dictation

What is it?

Voice recognition app that converts spoken word to written text

Why is it so helpful?

You can use Dragon Dictation to dictate text messages, emails, essays and even record entire college lectures. The app recognises even the fastest spoken words and transcribes them into written form. It’s incredibly useful if you need to take notes on-the-go or during a class – it claims to be 5 x faster than typing on a keyboard.

 

 

Self Control

What is it?

A Mac app that helps you avoid distracting websites

Why is it so helpful?

Self Control is an app for Mac OS X that blocks access to websites you find particularly distracting when you’re trying to study, such as Facebook, email servers, news sites or anything else. You can choose the websites you want blocking, and the time of day, and your laptop simply won’t allow you to access them.

 

 

Freaky Alarm

What is it?

An alarm clock that only stops when you solve a maths problem

Why is it so helpful?

Aside from stopping you oversleeping when you’ve got a college lecture to get to, Maths Alarm Clock can help you start the day with a bit of brain training. The customisable alarm won’t stop ringing until you solve a maths problem, puzzle or reaction test designed to help you wake up more quickly. The app also tracks the time it takes you to wake up over a period of time and rewards you with badges for good behaviour.

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