When December hits, students start to panic. Now looming are those dreaded deadlines they’ve been ignoring all semester, as they start preparing for final projects, papers and exams. Soon, weekends will be spent pent up in the library, and when someone screams “shots,” they’ll only mean of 5-Hour Energy.
Studying doesn’t necessarily have to be stressful, however. Thanks to technology, whether you need help taking your notes, organizing them or figuring out what exactly it is they mean, there’s an app out there to solve all your end-of-semester dilemmas. Don’t believe it? Here are six right here that could make your next two weeks more manageable, and take some of the stress out of studying.
Evernote — For those who hate lugging around their laptop, Evernote is the perfect solution. Any note, web clip, file or image you save can be made available on any device you use, from an iPhone to an iPad, or even your home computer. The free app (yes, you heard it: free), allows users to create notes, clip webpages, store PDFs and snap photos, all while using tags to organize the content into various notebooks. Perfect for group projects, you can use Evernote to share files with friends, as well as create schedules and to-do lists.
Cram — With Cram, preparing for an exam has never been easier. You can review your materials using digital flashcards, and then answer multiple-choice questions to assess how much you’ve retained. Cram then grades and records your test performance, so you can track your progress, and even allows you to sync your notes up to your Mac.
Margins — Margin is perfect for those who prefer to take detailed, hand-written notes while reading. The app organizes all annotations by book and page number, and allows users to search for keywords, which is something that can’t be done with the traditional pen and paper approach. When taking notes, you can also leave a quote or a comment, so you know exactly what it is about a certain passage that caught your attention and got you thinking.
iStudiez Pro — For those who need a little help managing their hectic schedules, iStudiez Pro is the ideal digital assistant. Students can track their course load, lectures, due dates, grades and GPA. They can also sort assignments by date and priority, and synchronize their data between all of their iOS and Mac devices. With the touch of a finger, you can get a full overview of the classes you need to attend and what you need to prepare for them.
Wikipanion — Wikipanion uses a direct connection to the Wikipedia servers, making access to the site easier and much more accessible. Through autocompletion and an in-page search functionality, not only are you brought to the material you need faster, but you’re also given exactly what you need without having to look through paragraphs upon paragraphs of text. Through the app, you can also bookmark all of your favorite pages, or save particular articles to read and reference later.
Dictionary.com — If you’re going to download any sort of dictionary app, use the one from Dictionary.com. Not only is it free, but it also provides full mobile access to Thesaurus.com, which is incredibly useful when you’re trying to write your final papers and have used the verb “to be” one too many times.