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Author Bio: Sally Sonderson, senior lecturer in City University of New York, believes that self-development is essential. That is the very reason for her working in the educational field.
School has always presented students with a lot of challenges. We are all aware of the fact that education plays an important role in our lives but it is always a challenge to attain the greatest heights. For one to attain the highest level, they normally go through a lot. Classwork, assignments, exams and projects are some of the things that a student goes through before completing their studies. All these can be overwhelming to anyone. However, thanks to the evolution of technology, students can enjoy their studies courtesy of the awesome tools and gadgets that have been designed to help them study.
Over the years, the prominence of technology in education has been growing steadily in a bid to try and make education better for the kids. The fact that the new generation is all into technology has provided educationist with a platform that they can build on. In this piece, we’ll take a look at some of the top tools and gadgets that be used to accelerate your studying process. They have been established to be very effective when it comes to enhancing the classroom experience. Some of the tools include:
- 1. Evernote Moleskine smart notebook
This smart notebook is designed to combine the appeal of having your handwritten pages with the pleasantness of writing in a Moleskine. The tool allows you to auto-tag the content and makes it searchable and able to be backed up on cloud in the form of Evernote notes. For one to be able to turn their handwritten notes into Evernote note, an individual has to take the picture of the pages using your Evernote Android or iOS app. Once that is done, the image automatically updates itself and becomes a new note in Evernote.
- 2. Kindle Voyage
The e-reader tool is a high quality device that comes with a crisper screen and has some fancy squeezable touch buttons. Even though the tool is extremely expensive, it is very effective at what it does. The Kindle provides the user with an awesome reading experience courtesy of the X-Ray feature which gives the gadget the ability to track characters as they appear through the novel and gives them explanations.
- 3. StudyRails
The StudyRails tool allows the user to put their class schedule together with any other appointments that may come in between your schedule. It allows you to list all your upcoming assignments and then goes ahead to estimate the number of hour that might be needed for completion. It is only after you begin marking off the hours that you can start seeing the difference. It prioritizes your work according to the schedule.
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- 5. My Grades & Homework app
Ranked as one of the top productivity app in iTunes, My Grades & Homework app is a dedicated app that helps the user to keep track of their grades. The app can be used by both students and parents to monitor the grades.
- 6. Wikipanion
With this application, it is much easier and faster for an individual to access Wikipedia. It comes with an easy, search and navigation display that allows you to make easier entries.
- 7. Tools 4 Students
The most amazing thing about this application is that it is currently available in Spanish. The tool offers the user with 25 graphic organizers which support common comprehension skills such as the idea and the detail.
- 8. Mindmeister
The tool is capable of allowing the user to create, edit and share your mind maps on the go. After that the app allows you to synchronize the mind maps with the online Mindmeister service. Besides that helping you organize and prioritizing your mind, it can also allow you to generate new thoughts.
- 9. EasyBib
The awesome application allows you to create a bibliography when you are doing your research paper. The tool has the ability of automatically citing books, journal articles and other websites for that matter.
- 10. Scribd
With the application, the user can be able to access unlimited access to more than half a million e-books. In addition to this, you also get access to 30,000 audiobooks including some of the reader’s best sellers across the genres.
- 11. CliffsNotes
CliffsNotes provides you with a perfect opportunity where you get to learn faster and improve your study skills. The app comes with effective and comprehensive literature study guides that can be accessed through your mobile device at anytime and from anywhere.
- 12. Mathway
To use the application you do not even need internet connection. You can use the application to get instant solutions to your math problems which we all know that it is an Achilles heel to a lot of students. The app comes with about a million of problems already solved to make it easier for the user to navigate.
- 13. iTunes U
With the application, teachers can effectively divide the course and give each class a customized learning experience. As a teacher, you get an opportunity to create and manage their course so as the students can experience it all.
- 14. Studious
The application comes with features that allow you to silence your phone while in class, help you save notes and also remind you when your homework and test need to be handed in.
- 15. Dictionary.com
Dictionary.com is a perfect tool that allows you to improve your vocabulary even as you attempt to polish your English. It provides you with the option of learning about the word of the day.
- 16. RealCalc Scientific Calculator
The application is a fully featured scientific calculator that is designed to help you solve mathematical problems.
- 17. SelfControl
SelfControl is a tool belonging to Mac that allows you to block any form of distracting website. The free and open source app allows you to blacklist sites that you do not need.
- 18. Snap2PDF
With Snap2PDF, you can easily scan documents and share them in form of searchable PDF. It is one of the best document management apps.
- 19. Chegg
Chegg grants you access to over a million textbooks and solutions all wrapped up into one awesome application.
- 20. Duolingo
The application allows you to learn a number of languages including: Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Swedish, English, Irish, Dutch, and Italian.