Some essentials for taking notes, managing time and staying up to date on campus news
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Let’s face it, most of us are spending hours on our phones sometimes for entertainment and occasionally for distraction. But why not use your phone apps to increase your academic success and get the most out of your university experience?
Here’s a list of apps to help you succeed in university life:
1. The Concordia app
Gain necessary Concordia-based information and updates by downloading the Concordia App. Access your class schedules grades, and academic advisor information instantly and on the go. You can also consult campus maps, track the shuttle bus to plan your trips between campuses, connect with the library, and figure out what to eat and where - all in one handy app!
2. Drip 7
Cyber security education is becoming increasingly important in our digital world. Use the Drip7 app to take your cyber-savvy to the next level. Drip 7 is a fun-to-use, gamified, mobile-based micro-learning tool that teaches safe computing by asking one simple question a day, seven days a week.
You can download the app for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store or play via your browser at Drip7. Top participants will be entered into a draw to win an iPad!
File health, dental, and vision claims by taking a picture or uploading one from your library of documents or receipts. You can also keep track of your claim history and view many details related to your coverage in the app.
Whether it’s on-campus emergencies, major power outages, or IT system problems, the Rave Guardian has your back. No matter what the circumstance, you can stay up to date in real time by simply receiving a push notification to your device. This app is a must have for anyone on campus.
If you need to access your course documents on the go, downloading the Moodle app can be extremely useful. Simply input the name of the Moodle Concordia website as follows: https://moodle.concordia.ca/moodle/, and you’ll be able to log in to your account and view your course files, grades uploaded on Moodle and assignments from your phone or tablet with ease.
Study and Focus Apps
6. iStudiez Pro
If you’re looking to become more organized this semester, iStudiez Pro has got you covered. It’s a super handy scheduler that allows you to input all your classes for the semester and track when you have class, assignments due, midterm dates and so much more. Turn on notifications to get reminders for assignment deadlines. It’s a life saver!
To increase your focus and avoid distractions, consider using focus apps like Freedom or Serene and block unwanted app notifications for scheduled periods.
SwiftScan uses your phone’s camerato scanany page or image. This comes in extremely handy any time you need to quickly submit formal documents, scan receipts or borrow a classmate’s notes. Use the batch mode feature to take multiple pages of scans and save them as one convenient PDF or image file. You can also make any scanned document fully searchable.
Make studying more fun and download Quizlet. It allows you to create your own interactive study sets using a variety of different formats, such as in flashcards, tests or even a gravity game. It’s a great help for courses that require lots of memorization, so if you’re in a major like biology, definitely look into giving it a shot!
If you are tired of carrying around five notebooks and considering typing your notes instead, you can download OneNote on your laptop or tablet and takes notes from there! Through Office 365 — provided for free by Concordia — it allows you to create digital notebooks with subsections, so you can keep all your notes neat and organized, and also access those notes on all your devices.
Having a healthy mindset is crucial for academic success, download Insight Timer for free and access a variety of different exercises and courses to help you relax, become more mindful or even fall asleep. If you are interested in meditation but don’t have time to go to a yoga studio, definitely give this app a try.
Productivity and Collaboration Tools
If the downloads folder on your computer is getting a bit crowded, look into organizing your files on a cloud-based storage service like OneDrive.
As a Concordia student, you are given a free TB (1,000 GB!) of storage on OneDrive through your Office 365 Account. This can be a great way to make sure you never accidentally lose a file and always have access to your documents on your phone or tablet.
If you want to ace your next group project assignment, download Microsoft Teams for free as part of your Office 365 Account as a Concordia student. You can share documents, have a chat session, and assign tasks to other group members on the go and even hold video conferences or meetings.
If you’re going to take public transportation to get to campus, download the Transit app to access schedules for both Montreal buses and the metro. Plan out your route with a trip calculator and get notified of any transit disturbances. Or use the Bixi app for the public bike sharing system around the city with stations on both Concordia campuses. As a Concordia student, you qualify for a discount.
Other apps to check out:
Sleep Cycle—Time your sleep to wake up at an optimal time.