Top Tech To Help You Study And Revise
By Jo Shelbourne on April 21st, 2017
It’s that time of year again when students of all persuasions reach for the coffee and prepare to revise all day and night. But you know what? You really don’t have to sweat this out. There is help available, right here and right now. There are several techy bits and bobs out there to help your revision run silky smooth. So thrown down those lurid highlighter pens and let us guide you through the terrific techy options.
No more scrabbling through your uni notes for clarity. Now you can relive your key lectures with 100% confidence that you haven’t missed a thing. Sound Note is a lecture capture app which enables you to fully record a lecture in its entirety –both in audio and visual form, as it acts as a notepad and audio recorder. This means you can go over the material again at your own pace. Other popular lecture capture apps are the (aptly named) Lecture Capture, and Lecture Recordings.
Office Lens is a gem that enables users to photograph a whiteboard, convert it to a PDF, Word or PowerPoint file and store all the data via OneNote or OneDrive for catch-up and revision purposes. Clear, crisp and very well organised. Frankly, it saves you making appalling scribbles in your lecture notebook or using your phone camera or tablet to take hazy shots you later forget about in the student bar afterwards. Be clever. Be organised!
Procrastination is a pitfall all students succumb to at one time or another. We’ve all done it. But now we may not have an excuse thanks to Remember the Milk (Android and iOS). No need to tie yourself to your desk/ bed/ library chair as now you can write up revision notes on the go. Not only that, this app ensures that your notes are all synced up to your computer, all neat and tidy and ready for your when you get home. You can also be incredibly efficient and prioritise your favourite items and set reminders for yourself by setting up an SMS which will prod you to get back to work!
Now this one is literally a winner that everyone is raving about. Cite This For Me (iPhone and Android) is a mind blowing, award-winning app which takes the pain away from one of the most tedious parts of student life – referencing books and publications. All you need to do is scan a book’s barcode or enter the URL of an article. This will generate a citation, which it then saves and syncs in the Cloud – allowing you to create, edit and manage pieces of work across multiple devices. No highlighters required. Win!
If you are a flash card nut then we’ve found the apps for you. GoConqr, offers resources to make all the things you’ll love: revision charts, notes and quizzes, mind maps and (of course!) flash cards. You can also connect and collaborate with friends, classmates or students from around the world. Similarly StudyBlue, is a student app which uses your course information to create a selection of card sets for related revision. You can also make your own flashcards and test yourself.
Appy times! And good luck with those exams.