By: Wendy Vaz
It has come to the time of the school year where all of the midterms and due dates have begun. It is as though all of the professors sat together and decided to have all of the dates to be aligned. Students are starting to camp out at Birmingham and CLC and the late night sales for Triple O’s is getting better – okay, maybe the dinner sales is getting better.
We all have that same mind set when the school year began, that we are going to be ahead of readings, be more attentive in lectures and get better grades in the term. However, before we can even ‘get used to the school year’, midterms have already begun. “Are you ready for it?” They asked, and the answer is always no.
Oh well, this is life. Life as a normal student. Here at The Cavalier, we stand by you and celebrate you as one with us. And that is why we are here to share some websites and mobile device applications that might be helpful for you to get through your midterms.
- StayFocusd (Google Chrome extension)
You turned on your laptop to study your COMM 290 notes and without realizing, you had been spending the past 3 hours on Facebook. We all have been there. Procrastination is the biggest problem when it comes to studying for midterms, and social media websites have been the biggest distraction.
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. The few websites that we recommend you to add into the list are facebook.com, reddit.com, youtube.com, viralnova.com, dailymail.co.uk and elitedaily.com.
- Wunderlist.com (also available on iOS and Android devices)
Studies have shown that people who actually write down their goals have over 80% higher success rate of achieving them. One very good way of keeping track with your study goals is to create a to-do-list of what you want to achieve in the day or week.
Wunderlist is an online cloud-based to-do-list that can be synced to your mobile devices. You are able to create separate lists and set due dates and reminders for all of your tasks. We really like this website/app due to its simple layout and user-friendly interface. Trust us, nothing beats that satisfaction when you check out all of the things you want to study within the time that you allotted for yourself.
- StudyBlue.com (also available on iOS and Android devices)
If you have a course that requires a lot of memorization, and you like to use flashcard to aid in your revisions, why not use a flashcard application instead? We like StudyBlue for how handy it can be when we are stressed for our exams during our long bus ride home!
Besides being a convenient on/offline flashcard service, you are also able to join your classroom for the course and share your flashcards or notes with your classmates. You will be surprised by how many of your classmates who are already using this service/application. If you are lucky, you will even be able to use the flashcards your classmates already made!
- 30/30 by Binary Hammer (only for iOS devices)
We are not sure if you have heard of the Pomodoro technique. It is a productivity time management technique where you break down work into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks (typically between 5 to 15 minutes).
Unlike the traditional Pomodoro timers, 30/30 allows you to allocate time for each task that you want to do, and when you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task. Although it can be rather confusing when you first use this app, the colourful interface and the different icons make the learning curve fun.
If you do not own an Apple device or if you are just working on your computer, tomato-timer.com will work for you too.
- Pocket (also available on iOS and Android devices)
While we mentioned that there are so many articles out there that will push you into procrastination, we find it unfair that you will be missing out so much just because of your studies too. In order to sort out that problem, we found the best save-for-later service for you!
Pocket allows you to save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device – phone, tablet or computer even offline. You will then be able to read them when you are waiting in the line for your coffee, or sitting on the bus after a long day of studying. Saving the links is as easy as clicking the button on your Google Chrome extension, how amazing is that?
And those are the 5 applications that we think might be helpful for you to get through your midterms that are coming up. Fill free to comment on our Facebook post to tell us what productivity apps you use too. The Cavalier wishes you all the best in your upcoming papers and midterms!