We are always helping you with new ways to study and tips to boost your productivity. Studying and completing your CPD is such an important thing to keep track of, so we have taken up the challenge of coming up with the top 10 series in and around studying and CPD. This week… Studying apps!
These apps are perfect for those of you who are looking to modernise your learning and productivity. They have been designed to help you manage your time, be more focused and make it easier for you to reach your qualification goals.
Have you used any of these apps? How have you used them effectively? Are any missing? Let us know in comments below
1. SelfControl (MAC) / Freedom (Windows)
Struggle to stay focused on one thing at once? Let your mind wonder to Facebook a little bit too often? Well this is the app for you…
These web apps allows you to block some websites for a set amount of time, that means no more nipping onto Twitter, no checking your emails, no distractions! And the best thing? Once the blocks have been put in place for a certain amount of time, you can’t access anything until the block expires, there’s no flick of a switch to make everything come back… you might as well just study!
We love this web app as it allows you to create an environment that helps you focus and concentrate. Want a fire crackling in the background or wind blowing...or do you even want to feel like you’re in a coffee shop. Mix and match your background noises and put your head phones on to focus, concentrate and be as productive as possible. Let us know what your favourite combinations are in comments.
Save your timetable, your webinar and workshop dates, your assessment deadlines and all the other bits in-between into this handy little app and say goodbye to your worries. This app syncs across all your devices so you only have to add them once and you will know where you need to be and when. Plus, it’s all colour coded and lets you know all the details such as location and time! Could you ask for more? Side-note this app is only on Android currently.
Milanote is a place for you to add your research, notes and ideas side by side. It’s fantastic for more creative projects or presentations, and for planning your work as the interface allows you to connect your notes, move images, text and links around to organise your thoughts. Milanote lets your work evolve naturally.
If you need something a bit different to keep on top of your to-do-list then Trello is for you. It can be used from simple reminders to full on project management. This nifty list-writing, not only gives you the satisfaction of ticking off the jobs you’ve done, but you can share lists – so it’s great for organising collaborative work. It integrates with Google Drive and Dropbox to upload files, as well as adding links and photos to your tasks, and setting alarms for assignment submissions or workshops.
Is it exam time? Well Tinycards is the app for you. Tinycards is basically just a set of flashcards on your phone which can be used to help you memorise your notes before a big exam. Tinycards allows you to create your own decks of cards which you and your friends or colleagues can share with one another.
As well as note-writing, you can take photos, record audio and share your saved items with other mobile devices. One of our favourite features is the camera function which lets you photograph pages from text books. Check out this great discussion on tips to use Evernote here.
8. Dragon Dictation (iOS) / Speech to Text (Android)
Some people retain information better by speaking out loud, if that applies to you, it may be time to try a dictation app. With Dragon Dictation you just have to speak directly into your phone, and it converts your voice into text, you can then copy and paste this into anything and log it somewhere safe! One of the best Android equivalents is Speech to Text.
Slack is a app that we love here at DPG and use it all the time. It’s a place to communicate with your colleagues with real-time messaging. It’s quick and effective, especially with a remote team! Slack allows you to create different threads for different projects, so everything you need is all in one place. But Slack is great for studying too, create a thread for each assessment you have, and post in there all the links you might need, any articles or blogs, and even add in your personal notes. Everything you need, all in one place. Check out this blog and video about using Slack for CPD
10. Neil’s toolbox
If you struggle with writing your references properly Neil’s toolbox could be of great help for you. You have to add in the details of your resource and the toolbox will generate a Harvard reference for you to add in to the end of your assessment. It’s great for checking you have the order down correctly, and all the information correctly stated....and saving time.
So, there you have it, 10 apps that will help you boost your productivity and become a study ninja.