Having good study habits is essential for doing well in class and on tests. Improving your studying practices will help retain information and will make the best use of your time, and using technology can significantly improve your studying.
The first step is to remove anything distracting when studying. Turn off your phone, delete apps, and even leave your laptop behind (if it isn’t needed). This will definitely keep your attention focused. StayFocused (Chrome Extension, Android) will help with this, as it restricts website and app usage during your studying hours. Creating a study schedule is important, and there are several apps that can help you do this, such as iStudiez Lite (Android, iOS). Not only is it free, it helps you map out the semester day by day and can create a comprehensive study timeline for you to stick to.
While many students use flashcards to study, this is time consuming and usually disorganized. Flashcards+ (Android, iOS) and Coursera (Website, Android, iOS) both allow for flashcards to be created and stored on your phone, and take far less time to create. If you do not wish to use flashcards, general study apps can be purchased which help with note taking or specific subjects. Evernote (Website, Android, iOS) and Todoist (Website, Android, iOS) both organize and streamline your class notes, allowing you to focus on what’s important. Quizlit (Website, Android, iOS) Brainscape, (Website, iOS) and Vocabulary Builder (Android, iOS) all have a wide range of topics and courses to choose from, with pre-made material and study tools ready for use.
With these tips at your disposal, studying for finals week will no doubt be a less stressful and more productive experience!