List of apps I use (1/?)
- This one has to be one of my absolute favorites, especially now. With online classes, it’s hard to keep up with tasks, especially when your profs suddenly give updates in the middle of nowhen. It lets you color-code your tasks, set times and reminders, add locations and descriptions, set recurring events, etc. It even lets you customize the app icon color, themes and widgets (did I mention that all these features are FREE?). The homescreen widgets are the absolute cherries on top. You can place two types of widgets: (1) the monthly overview of your calendar, and (2) the detailed list of things you need to do on certain dates and times. I personally have both widgets on my lock screen. You can even customize the font size and the opacity of the widgets (like if you still want to see your wallpaper or not).
Why is this helpful: Deadlines. Honestly, deadlines are hard to keep track of, especially with online classes. This helps me keep track of deadlines, activities, lectures, etc. However, I only use this to keep track of schedules set. I use other apps to plan out my day so my calendar isn’t so overloaded and also hard to keep track of. [Pro tip: I use to do lists and calendar printables when it comes to planning and prioritizing, but I’ll explain further next time.]
- I had Notebloc before I had Cam Scanner and I’ve been using this ever since. I can’t compare it to Cam Scanner because I’ve never used that, but here are things I like about it: Like Cam Scanner, you can also adjust the borders to fit the edges of the page you are scanning (that’s all I know about Cam Scanner lol). For Notebloc, you also have an option to do batch processing which is very efficient when scanning a lot of pages. There are also filters that you can use to make pictures more vibrant or words more readable. You can save files as PDF documents or as pictures, and have options to send it out immediately after scanning without having to download the file. You can also organize your files into folders, move and edit individual pages after scanning, etc.
Why is this helpful: This is helpful when sending out some notes to a friend, scanning your answers for assignments, saving PDF files for your readings, scanning certificates, etc. It is better to scan with your internet turned off because the ads can be a tad annoying.
- Honestly, I can’t choose between these two apps which is why I have them both on my phone. Most of you may recognize Forest as it is a popular pomodoro app within the studyblr/studygram/studyvlog community. The goal of Forest is to focus on your work and avoid distractions from your phone by planting virtual trees. The tree dies when you exit the app and look at other apps while your work session is still on going. This is really helpful to minimize distractions. However, if you only have one gadget to work with (like if you are just studying from a textbook and rely on your phone for internet), this is going to be a problem because you can’t look things up on Google. I can’t even look up words on my phone’s dictionary! This has proven to be a hassle when I’m on the go studying and I don’t have my laptop or tablet with me.
For Study Bunny, it doesn’t have this feature so it might be easier to get distracted. But I found that it can actually strengthen my discipline because I have to force myself to not be tempted to exit the app. But Study Bunny is so cute that I actually don’t want to leave the app. If you guys know the game Pou, Study Bunny is like that but you earn coins by studying. Aside from this game feature, there are also built-in study features like to do lists, flashcards, and ambient music (I don’t use the ambient music feature because I either prefer silence or my own playlists, but we’ll get to that next time). The goal of this pomodoro app is to keep your bunny happy by buying them things from the shop, feeding them, or studying.
Overall, I would recommend Forest if you are studying at home or at a group study with your friends where you can have access to the internet while minimizing the distractions from the notifications of your phone. I would recommend Study Bunny if you were on the go, or if you like the mini game interface (I personally prefer that because I have another external reason as to why I should work while the timer is running).
Why is this helpful: The pomodoro technique is for you to work more efficiently and productively, and overall avoid procrastination and burnout. I personally like using apps like these instead of just timers because they are designed like fun mini games or enable you to minimize the distractions from social media.