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Using Dropbox for More than Storage Purposes

There is little doubt that you have heard of the cloud-storage app Dropbox, unless of course, this is your first time on the Internet. If this is the case, you should take a look at the features page on the website. There’s no use telling you how awesome Dropbox is, because at the end of the day, you will either be passionately loyal to it, or prefer a different app for cloud-based storage, like Box.Net, SkyDrive, or Apple’s soon to be released, iCloud. What’s important is not what you use, but how you use it.

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Digital Flashcards

Studying on the go is one of many activities students are forced to do because they’re too busy, or too busy procrastinating. Today, we’re going to look at a few of the best tools, and discuss some ways to optimise your learning in a crowded place, such as public transport.

iOS Apps

Whether you’re an Apple Fan-Boi, or a casual user of technology, it’s highly likely you have some sort of iDevice. There are a multitude of apps available in the Store for you. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Flashcards Touch

    The thing that makes Flashcard Touch stick out is its great interface, combined with over-the-air syncing, through Quizlet.com and Wi-Fi. It’s also great for learning vocabulary, as it provides an in-built definition-finder.
  • Flashcards Deluxe

    It really is deluxe. There aren’t many other flashcard apps that allow you to add text, images, and audio to both sides of the card. While it’s not the greatest looking app, its functionality certainly prevails.
  • Study Buddy

    This isn’t really a single app, but a collection. They come in two varieties, free and paid, but the free editions work fine. The subjects range from state capitals, to Spanish idioms, to Morse Code, to Latin, and everything in between. Admit it, the owl catches your eye, doesn’t it?

Android

It’s really catching on, isn’t it? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any decent study apps for you guys.  I think it has something to do with my location: some apps don’t show in the market. So, if you have any awesome apps lying around in your drawer, why don’t you share them with the world? Let us know your favourites in the comments.

Tips for Studying in Cramped Spaces

As a student, it’s likely that you will be studying on the go in very cramped, noisy and possibly smelly places. How are you supposed to study with all this surrounding you? By following these tips.

  1. Take Headphones
    You don’t have to be listening to music, either. A pair of sounding reducing headphones, or at least a set of in-earphones like these. The great thing is, you don’t need to spend an arm-and-a-leg. You can’t often find a fairly good pair for $20. You might also want to try a white noise sound track, or even app.
  2. Water
    It’s going to get hot in there, so make sure you pack some water. Just be careful to keep it away from anything digital!
  3. Be Prepared to go Analog
    Using your tech may not be practical on a cramped bus, or in a dodgy coffee-house. Be prepared with a notepad and pen. Besides, you might need the change to help you deal with that difficult assignment.

That’s it from me, now it’s up to you. Do you have any tips for public transport users, coffee-house studiers, or on-the-go students? Are you using an awesome app, and want to share it with the world? Let us know in the comments.

Brainstorming: Mind Mapping

If you’ve been to school, you’ve probably seen, used, or drawn a mind-map. But not many students know the full potential of these brightly coloured drawings. Your teachers didn’t make you draw them just because they were fun. I mean, who doesn’t like drawing clouds, and lines and pictures. Read More…

Classes: A Different Approach to Your Timetable

I’ve titled this post “Classes: A Different Approach to Your Timetable” for a very good reason. This different approach that I talk about is its barebones nature. The Classes app is not for the iOS power user. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
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