7 of the best time saving Apps for students

These days there seems to be an App that supports most things people are trying to do including those who are studying.  Due to the increase in busyness that we all seem to be facing saving time is usually high on most people’s agendas.  Well here are 7 of the best time saving Apps for students that might assist to gain some time back for yourself.  All have basic packages which are free and available on multiple platforms including Android and IOS.

Evernote

This is one of my personal favourites and one that I use regularly to capture all sorts of personal and business information into one place.  It allows you to gather everything you can think of likeevernote notes from a meeting, class notes, lists, travel details, articles, links, photos, business cards, recipes, draft pieces of writing, thoughts, ideas and the list goes on ….  One of its best features is the ability to search so you can easily find any information you have recorded.  Another feature of Evernote is that is that it syncs instantly to all of my devices so it doesn’t matter what I am using at a point in time I can see all my information in the App.

Focus Booster

fbThis is a great App for everyone but is really useful for students.  It is marketed as the ‘digital Pomodoro timer’ and allows students to break up their time into manageable chunks.  Focus Booster is a timer that can split up your revision sessions with a number of little breaks in order to keep you as productive as possible.  You can also track how much time you spend studying on a certain topic.

Any.doanydo

This App allows you to organize your day by allowing you to create reminders, to-do lists, notes and events and store them on the clean and easy-to-use Any.do interface.  Although similar to other time management tools on the market, the app works across platforms, making it easy to switch from your phone to your laptop without missing anything on your schedule.

MyHomework

my homeworkA digital student planner that helps students stay organised and keep track of classes, homework, tests and projects so you get them in on time and never forget to hand something in. The clean interface and design make this App great for University or secondary school students.

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This is a great time or task manager App that is simple, attractive and easy to use.  It allows you to get things done by setting up a list of tasks and adding the length of time for each of them.  You then use the timer and it will tell you when to move on to the next task.

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My Study Life

A cross platform planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manager.  This App allows you to store your classes, homework and exams in the cloud making it available on any device you use where ever you are!

Quip

Quip is a mobile productivity tool that enables you to collaborate on any device. It is great for teamwork and works well for group work that students undertake.  It improves efficiency by quipallowing team members to edit the same version of the document or spreadsheet at any time.  Quip combines chat, documents, spreadsheets, checklists, and more in a simple and elegant interface that makes collaboration easy.

 

Do you have any great time saving Apps that you love to use when studying or at anytime?  If so it would be great to hear about them and how they save you time. Please feel free to email me at amanda@organisingyou.com.au

3 time management tips for students of all ages

Icon-CalendarTime management is important for students of all ages and is a skill that can be learned if not part of ones general make up already.  I won’t tell you that it is necessarily easy as it isn’t.  It requires learning new behaviours and strategies whilst having patience too.

What is important is that children learn this skill early as it is not only something that will assist them to succeed with their education, and at home but also throughout their lives.

Here are 3 time management tips for students of all ages to assist:

Tip 1 – have a concept of time

Often I see and work with students who actually have no concept of time.  What I mean by that is yes they can tell you the time but they don’t really understand time sense.  What they do know is that they can see one aspect of time being the present.  They have often been bought up surrounded by digital clocks and don’t quite get that time has a beginning, middle and an end.  The best way to teach this is to ensure you have annolgue clocks in your home.  From this they can see the present time, the elapsed time, and the future time.  All of these are important to understanding and learning time management.

Tip 2 – let children take responsibility

Another aspect to teaching children time management and organisation skills is to let them learn for themselves and not do everything for them or tell them what to do all the time.  Recently a client of mine was talking to me about her child in primary school who had issues with time management and was always slow and the last to do anything.  We discussed the importance of teaching her to do tasks by herself by firstly showing her how then allowing her to do them by herself.  Please do not assume your child knows what it is they need to do as this is often the one fundamental that parents miss in this process.  Let children take responsibility for themselves where possible – you will be really helping to set them up for life by doing so!

Tip 3 – understand priorities

It is important to help teach children the distinction between priorities and knowing the differences from when something might need immediate attention and when something can wait a bit longer.  This will then assist them with prioritising their homework and other activities at home or in life.  By understanding priorities then it makes it easier for your child to make decisions on how to utilise and make the most of their time.  Once again don’t assume they can work all this out for themselves it will usually require assistance in going through tasks including homework, breaking down tasks, allocating priorities and then likely time required.  Over time having learned these skills they will then be able to undertake this themselves

One final point to make is that all of these skills will need to not only be learned but adjusted and practiced – it won’t happen over night but as I said earlier be patient, put in the effort and you will see the rewards.

It’s important for parents, or others like myself who as a professional organiser works with students, to help children master time management skills to enable future success.  By becoming aware of time, being responsible and understanding priorities it will assist your child become a better manager of time and ultimately benefit the whole family.  I know that not all parents have these skills but remember they too can be learned even for you or you can seek help with this for yourself, your children and your family.

Sources referred to in this article are included from professional development I have undertaken with Leslie Josel who is a student organizer based in the U.S.