The workload of students and the increasing pressure for them to have as balanced and fulfilling life as possible can sometimes feel overwhelming. Some degrees require 40+ contact hours a week, plus out of uni assignments, which makes enjoying some semblance of a ‘university lifestyle’ difficult leaving students with having to pick and choose what’s most important to them. The good news is, that technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are now a whole range of different programs and apps (like Edubirdie) that are aimed at making student’s gruelling schedules more manageable. Here’s a top three list to get you started.
Available on iOS, this popular lecture capture app for iPad users acts as both a notepad and audio recorder allowing students to store entire lectures in both audio and visual form. Not long ago, students would have to frantically scribble down notes whilst trying to capture all the salient points of a lecture and although the recording of lectures has been around for a while, because SoundNote is personalised to you, it makes it easier to go back through lectures and find the points that you want to revisit and revise.
A lot of students who aren’t particularly organised or art focused can struggle when it comes to revision. Perfectly formed note pads with revision charts, neat handwriting and colour coded flash cards are the dream, but unfortunately it’s not a skill that comes naturally to some. That’s where GoConqr comes in, not only does this saviour of an app actually make revision fun by including stylized revision charts, mind maps, flash cards, notes and even quizzes, it also allows users to connect and collaborate with other students from around the world.
Aptly named, this app helps student to pass the more challenging exams such as the MCAT, GMAT, LSAT and GRE tests which are used by graduate schools as part of the rigorous admissions testing. BenchPrep allows users to connect, using a social networking-style functionality, helping each other to revise and offer assistance with quizzes, notes and more. BenchPrep also has a function which allows you to track your progress so that you can have a visual guide on how you’re going and how much further you need to get.