The internet and mobile apps fuel a lot of things in our life- TV show binges, fangirling (-boying, – appropriate gender terms), random curious google searches. With the semester exams looming ahead (yeah I know, it’s that time already), we bring you 5 internet resources to fuel your study sessions instead:
1. Online Flash Cards:
Flash Cards are widely used by students to familiarize themselves with important definitions and concepts to accelerate revision and study sessions. They can be used for anything from vocabulary, to definitions of terms and compact flow-charts of processes to important graphs or figures. There are tons of online resources available to make and print your own flash cards. And if you’re not about the DIY life, you might just find flashcards made by students like yourself on platforms like studyblue.com! (web.colby.edu)
If your notes and messy and you cannot make sense of them but you lack inspiration to actually make notes you’d like to study from, studyblrs are what you’re looking for. They are basically tumblr blogs (hence, studyblr= study+tumblr) dedicated to pictures of very well organised notes, flashcards and stationary, which will make you want to pull out your sheets and highlighters and coloured pens to make neat and attractive notes, because hey, we all do store some importance in how things look, right? Go to tumblr.com/tagged/studyblr, be inundated with motivation and follow whichever blogs you like!
3. Apps like FocusON:
If you find yourself distracted by constant WhatsApp messages, Facebook and Instagram notifications and you lack the self-control to keep your phone aside, or desperately have to use your phone for looking up information, apps like FocusON would work well for you. FocusON lets you choose whatever apps and websites you want to block and then asks you to set a time-period for the block. And during that block, you won’t be shown any notifications from the said apps and, what’s more, if you try and open them, you’ll be treated to stuff like:
“Q- Where do Math teachers go on vacation?
A- To Times Square. Had a laugh? Now stop typing and get back to work”
4. Study Playlists:
When distracted and fidgety, listening to certain albums or playlists can be very therapeutic because they incentivize me to stay in place and to keep writing and making my notes. If you’re not doing something that requires immense concentration, like understanding a brand new concept (because obviously you missed the class), putting on a study playlist can be awesome. You can even time yourself through setting goals of completing a certain number of questions or getting through a certain number of pages in the course of one playlist. There are amazing study playlists of softer, just instruments based songs on 8tracks and YouTube. Better still, if that doesn’t work for you, make your own! As long as you don’t end up jamming instead of studying, everything works.
5. Youtube videos:
Did you know that YouTube can be used for more than watching music videos and random viral videos? *gasps* Several YouTube channels have videos which will be able to give you an overview of certain topics of your syllabus, if not explain to you the entire thing. I find it helpful to watch a video of the concept before I delve into studying it, to give me an idea of what’s in store, especially if it’s a topic I missed in class. As an economics student, channels like ‘The Economics Detective’ or ‘Economics is fun’ prove to be helpful. You’ll even chance upon entire lectures by professors of different universities. So go on and type the name of that concept in the search bar and get learning!
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