“It is not about how many hours you spend studying, but how well you spend it.”
Ask yourself this question, how many hours do you spend studying a day? And are you 100% focused the whole time?
This was something I struggled with as a student back in the days. It was easy for me to get distracted and there were rarely any tools I can rely on to make studying easier for me.
Fortunately, students of today have a myriad of helpful tools to help them study. And they’re all free!
Here are 3 mobile apps that I think would help you ace that test!
1000 pages. That is a rough estimate of how many pages of notes I wrote a year back when I was in secondary school.
And that does not even count all the other resources like textbooks, practice questions and exam guides.
Imagine having to bring all that to your next study group session! It will take you ages to filter through your notes to find the important bits and probably half your life force just to carry them. Yikes!
Thankfully, there are free mobile apps like Camscanner that can be used intelligently to boost your efficiency!
Camscanner allows you to transform all your written notes into digital format by using the camera on your phone. Simply snap a picture of each page, and Camscanner would automatically straighten and darken your notes to make them more readable.
From here, you can simply categorize your notes according to subject or level of importance. Finally, you can ditch that extra 10kg of notes. Plus, it’s probably easier to read while commuting too!
Another nifty feature is that you can now SHARE your notes with your friends or vice versa. Why not give it a try? Impress all your friends with your e-notes!
Pop quiz time!
Can you guess how many hours the average teenager spends on their mobile phones?
3. 2. 1. – Got the answer?
According to common sense media, teenagers spend a whopping 9 hours a day on their mobile phones! Social media, video streaming and mobile games are among the top culprits for stealing your time.
6 hours of school + 9 hours on the phone = 15 hours a day. Where does your study time fit into this?
Forest is a handy app to help you battle phone addiction and procrastination. Personally, Forest helps me in terms of productivity.It works like a stopwatch.
Firstly, you start by setting up the timer. This is dependent on the number of hours you plan on studying.
Once activated, you will not be able to access any other app on your phone until the time is up. If you decide to “give up” then your virtual tree would die.
However, if you consistently stick through your daily study schedule, you would eventually be able to grow your own virtual garden!
It is a beautiful way to reward your own hard work.
“Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory,” says Dr. Masha Godkin.
Some people swear by studying with music, claiming that they would not be able to study without it. That statement may be a tad over exaggerated but there is some truth to that.
According to Dr. Godkin, musics with no lyrics such as classical music are great genres to help you study. Apparently, lyrics may distract you from your work.
The Study Music app is an amazing app that provides beautiful nature, classical and electronic music for free. No internet connection? Worry not, because this app provides plenty of musical pieces offline.
I am a regular user of this app and I use it quite often at work. The music has a profound way of clearing my mind and making me focus.
I highly recommend you to try it the next time you have to study.