Top 4 Life Changing Apps You Need as a College Student (With Demos)
Hey everyone! I was just using each of these apps today to study for my midterms, and I figured I’d share the wealth. I got each of these apps from the Apple App Store, and use them seamlessly across my Apple devices. I hope each of them change your midterm weeks for the better! (This is post is kind of long but I made it long to cover what I think are the coolest/most useful things about these apps)
App #1: Notability
Yah, yah. You’ve heard of this one before. I’m here to show you some reasons for that.
1. Annotating and Combining All of the Powerpoints and PDF’s of Your Wildest Dreams
Holy crap is this thing good at converting powerpoints and PDFs. The transition is undetectable. Furthermore, if your lecture material was split up into 2 powerpoints that your professor posted, or multiple topics are covered in one powerpoint that you want to separate, you can either combine them into one note, or only import selected slides into separate notes. Once you do that, you can draw, highlight, add photos and additional typed text…pretty much anything extra you’d need is at your fingertips.
Demo: Importing PDFS:
Here I’m taking a random web page PDF from organicchem.org about chair conformers, tapping once on it, and copying it to the notability app.
You literally just tap a couple times and it’s done for you. You can add the PDF to a new note, an old note, or even take specific pages of the PDF/powerpoint and place only the ones you want into a new or existing note. It’s almost too easy to be true.
2. You Can Actually Write Neatly
If you’re anything like me, it bothers you how your handwriting suddenly looks messy when you write on tablets. Well, notability handles that for you.
Demo: Writing and Editing Written Text:
Here I’m writing a huge note of what I want to remember with the pencil tool. I picked a red color from the huge color selection, and a rather thin pencil line because it’s only a small side-note. Of course you can customize your writing to fit what is easiest for you to read and study from. What happens in the second and third pictures is the cool part:
You can use the scissors tool to put a circle around what you just wrote, and then pinch and rotate the text to change its size and orientation, as well as drag your finger to move it to where you want your note to go. This way you can write super neatly and just do the moving around afterwords, making sure you can see your text and are comfortable with the way it appears. You can also re-select it to make it bigger again if you change your mind.
3. You Can Record and Embed Your Lectures Into Your Notes, While You’re Writing Original Notes OR Annotating Existing Ones
You can do them at the same time. You don’t have to think about inserting a recording after the fact, or mixing up small recordings and meshing them into one document. Notability sorts your audio recordings and fixes them up pretty for you, and just starts recording as soon as you hit the speaker button. Then you can keep annotating what Dr. So-and-So is saying without worrying about your recording being in the right place.
Demo: Recording While Note-Taking:
After you’ve recorded, you can click the speaker button again to edit the recording’s volume, sort multiple recordings you’ve taken as well as name them. Move the recordings from note to note, etc.
App #2: Flashcard Hero
Known colloquially as: “How I’m Passing My Anatomy Lab”
Listen here y’all if you wanna make flashcards fast as fuck and learn them the day of your practical, Flashcard Hero is how.
General Overview of Best Features:
The way I predominantly use this app is by furiously making and organizing my flashcards into millions of sections and subsections on my computer, so that everything is findable and easy to access within my flashcard deck. Then I move them via iCloud over to my phone and tablet to study them on the go.
You can put pictures, videos, PDF pages, anything on the front or back of your flashcard, and just as much as you want on the back as well. When you study, you can choose if you want the front or back to show up first, or an alternation of the two if you prefer. There is no length limit on what you can place on a particular card.
While you’re studying, the app gives you options of clicking “Easy, Unsure, or Hard” on the card you’re reviewing, so that it will pop up with the ones you’re unsure/really clueless about more often. This saves my actual ass I can’t recommend it enough. It has improved my ability to memorize tons of material far more quickly and efficiently.
Demo: The General Interface of Flashcard Hero:
You can see some of the features I’ve talked about. If you want to know even more of the features, try downloading the app and checking out the “Tutorial” deck it includes on the main menu!
App #3: LiquidText
This is another insanely useful method of PDF annotation. It is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and is really good for people who enjoy mind-mapping and comprehensively organizing their ideas while reading!
Best Feature: Organizing Important Bits of Text:
Okay prepare to be very happy about this. You can literally highlight a section of a PDF, drag it to the side of your screen, and poof. Your highlighted bit is saved for you to click on and easily access later. You can even link your highlighted bits, no matter how far apart they are within the document, to help connect and organize your thoughts. And wait until you see Highlightview, where you can pinch the document so that all of your highlighted portions come together labelled with page numbers. Too satisfying okay, too satisfying:
If you’re reading something really quickly before class, and you want to easily access interesting portions of a long text during a class discussion, this app will save your life and save you pain in the long run.
App #4: MyScript Calculator
Just watch the demo of this one and prepare to take a huge sigh of relief and awe and happiness. It actually works and doesn’t confuse what you’re writing, and will do difficult/complex computation. By changing around the settings to fit the discipline of math you’re doing, this app can save you some annoying typing into calculators and can help you visualize large calculations at a glance.
Best Features: Blowing my tiny, bad at fast-math mind
Demo: General Interface of MyScript Calculator
Just. Yes. Yes good.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this/found at least one of these useful! Merry midterms!
**This is a list of helpful sites pulled from multiple masterposts. I will be updating this as I find new things.**
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Art History Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history Course-notes Barrons pdfs
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Chemistry AP Chemistry Notes Podcasts Quick Review Periodic Table
Comparative Government and Politics Government Comparisons Cramsheet Study Sheet (opens as word doc)
Computer Science Review: Part 1
English Language Rhetorical Strategies AP Language Review
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European History STUDY GUIDES Exam Review Sheets Tom Richey
French Language Cram packet
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Macroeconomics Every Graph You Need To Know (YouTube) Cram packet
Microeconomics Study guide
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U.S. Government Cheat Sheet Review Materials Tom Richey
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Citing Bibme Son of Citation Machine Owl Purdue How to write Bibliography
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Studying (Currently long but I will sort through at a later point) Answering multiple choice questions Apps for students Basics for Efficient Studying BBC Bitesize Calculators Check spelling and grammar
Coffitivity- sounds of a cafe Convert Anything To Anything
Cornell note taking method
Coursera- Online courses for free. Create flowcharts, network diagrams, ect.
Creating Effective Exam Cheat Sheets
Exam survival tips
Finals Help Guide
Finals survival guide
Free Flashcards Study Helper
Free online courses
Google books for research
Guide on punctuation
How to answer exam questions
How to Read a Textbook
How to Review in Less Time
How to study
How to survive finals
How to take notes Masterpost How to Underline/Highlight Effectively
How to write an essay
Inkflow Visual Notebook
Khan Academy- Learn anything. Learning how to study
Making a good study guide
Momentum- Be motivated and organised. Note taking like a pro
open2study- Free online study for everyone. Presentation Zen- A blog that helps you with your presentations. Productive Study Break Tips
Pull an All Nighter & Do Well On Your Exam
Quizlet- Make flashcards and test yourself. Reading Review, Highlighting, and Underlining
Research & Reading Tips
School survival guide
Simple and Not So Simple Proven Ways to Sharpen Memory Solving Problems vs. Practicing Them Studyblue StudyBlue- Make online flashcards. Studying for an important exam
Study Playlist Superb Study Guides and Mini Moleskines Taking Notes Effectively and Practically
Test your vocabulary
The Benefits of Active Notetaking
The “Secret” to Doing Well in School
Thinking & Memorizing Tips
Tips and trick to help you get good grades
Triaging Your Assignments
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Useful Stuff plan, budget, and manage daily finances How to take a Standardized Test How to Master Excel Fact check politicians Back to school Masterpost What you didn’t learn in high school
IDK what to put these under but they're helpful too Check The Safety Of Any Website Download From 8tracks Print Webpages Without the Clutter Is This Website Down For Me Or Everyone? Self Defense Tips Chrome Extension Tells You Which Tab Is Playing Music Prevent Hangovers Bookmark Online Videos 1 Month Free of Amazon Prime Netflix Recommendations Becoming An Adult Masterpost All The Audios You’ve Ever Reblogged Stream/Watch Free TV/Movies Never Hit A Dead End With A Broken Link Downloadable PDF To-Do Lists Watch Musicals List Of Universities On Tumblr Summer Studying Back to School
8/17/2015: Updated some parts. Alphabetized the study section and added in new links. If at any point you want something added in that isn’t here just send me an ask or submit it in the submit box.
6/1/2016: Currently working on the issue of the links disappearing. Hopefully I’ll have it fixed
My Favorite FREE Apps! Very minimal and sleek designs! I use all of these apps on my Iphone, so some of them may not be available on android. Enjoy! If anyone has any apps they can suggest to me feel free to send me a message!(:
#1 // 24 Me
Calendar / Todo List. Super easy to use with a very clean design. NO SIGN UP NECESSARY!! Im so sick of calendar apps that act more like a social media platform!
#2 // Phonto
Photography / Typography. I used this app to make the banner above! Great for editing photos and placing text over images/backgrounds! Wide Variety of fonts and shapes! Honestly perfect for posts/blog headers!
#3 // MinimaList
List / Study Timer. Minimal and clean look. Perfect, simple to use study timer that yells at you to put your phone down! Keeps me on task and keeps track of everything I need to get done!
#4 // WeatherJams
Music. Don’t know what Pandora or Spotify playlist to choose? This app lets you listen to music based off the weather! Pick a temperature or type precipitation and it will create a playlist based off of it! Super clean, cute design and very simple to use!
#5 // Padlock
Security / Passwords. Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat….the list of social media accounts goes on and on! Keep track of your passwords with this functional app that allows you to write all your passwords in one spot! Very secure, a password must be entered to access the app! (lol just make sure you remember it.)
#6 // Pop the Lock
Game. Phenomenally simple game, all you have to do is tap the screen! If I’m stressed or anxious this is the perfect app to take my mind off of things. Very addictive though, be careful!
#7 // iHydrate or My Water
Fitness / Water intake tracker. Both great apps for someone (like me) who does not drink enough water throughout the day! Set a goal and enter what you drink throughout the day! “My Water” has a much more sleek design, however “iHydrate” has many more free options!