By Rojda Filiz Y., Student Health Ambassador
Are you going digital or traditional this semester? (I’m talking organization, here). If staying organized on your phone, iPad, or computer is your selected approach, these apps are a must.
Available on: Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
Cost: $2.99 on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; $9.99 on Mac
While pricier than most apps, I’d argue that this is the best digital planner out there. iStudiez Pro syncs across all your Apple devices and includes your iCal events in your schedule. You can also track your assignments, exams, and grades.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, WebOS, Mac
This app keeps all your notes organized in one place. You can create different “notebooks” for each class and add individual class notes from there. Although it does have an audio recording option, I prefer Microsoft Word notebook style’s audio recording because it jumps to the time of the audio recording when you click on a line. This way you don’t have to listen to the whole recording when all you need is one section.
Both Dropbox and Google Drive let you backup your documents in case your computer ever crashes. It’s also very useful for sharing documents with peers and for group projects.
Available on: iPhone, iPad, Mac, or online
Wunderlist is the simplest to-do list out there. It has a sleek interface and is easy to use. You can make as many to-do lists as you want, set due-dates, set priorities, invite your friends to share a list with you, and sync across all Apple devices.
Available on: Mac
This Mac app blocks selected websites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BuzzFeed, whatever your guilty pleasure…) for as long as you would like. Selfcontrol is perfect for when you need to focus on homework or pay attention in class.
Available on: Mac
This Mac app reminds you to give your eyes a rest from the computer screen. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds at something 20 feet away. Time Out also reminds you to take a 10-minute break every hour, which gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs and prevent back strain.
SPREAD THE HEALTH: There are many apps out there that can help keep you organized this semester. Try a digital to-do list, grade tracker, electronic notebook, and even a self-control app to keep you focused and productive.