Student Technology: The Basics
Technology makes everything easier if you just know how to utilize it.
So you’ve missed lots of lectures? The internet has the help you need and you won’t even have to put on pants. Khanacademy (https://www.khanacademy.org/) is a great site that leaps to mind. It covers math, for sale science topics such as biology, view chemistry, try and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with videos on finance and history. YouTube is the same, it has brilliant video tutorials for all your panicked student needs, like this gem – Shotgun Histology, a YouTube channel dedicated to imparting knowledge about histology really quickly. It got me through my first medical exams. However, you can find different channels that can suit your needs.
Lots of college work revolves around having a good memory. There are websites for that. They aren’t great for explaining stuff but they are designed for learning off numerous definitions. A good one to look at is http://www.memrise.com. It functions like a game and in its app form it is amazing to have on your phone or tablet. However, some of the text on the app is slightly hard to read. http://ankisrs.net Is a similar site where you can build your own flash cards or look at what others have shared publicly. They have put in the effort, so you don’t have to.
Group projects are a bitch! Facebook groups are great to help get things done but there are a few other things than can ease the traumatic process. http://www.doodle.com is a way that you can get those dreaded group meetings to actually happen. It helps you figure out a slot that the most people are free at. When writing things together try www.hackpad.com or Google docs as a way of reducing the copies of work down to one simple one as they allow everyone to edit simultaneously. It might be what you need to get the most out of that hour before you have to have that group essay in.
Presentations, or even worse, group presentations, are just horrifying. www.Prezi.com is going to save you. It has got graphics that will keep your class a little more awake – death by PowerPoint is preventable. It will also take some of the pressure off. However, it can screw you over if confidentiality is an issue. Also, keep in mind that your presentation is dependant on the internet being available in that room. Pdf can save your life. It will work on pretty much all computers so you won’t be sweating it. PowerPoint is also a solid, reliable thing to do, however, other programs can be a bit more exciting.
When you are in college you are on your laptop all the time. Keeping it fast can be a problem. Disk cleanup and Disk defragmenter are programs that will give you a hand. Uninstalling programs that you don’t uses is a very good idea and can be the difference between you loving your laptop and screaming your head off at it.
With some skilful searching you can get all those textbooks / material you need for free as a Pdf online. It is much easier to read Pdfs on a tablet than a laptop – download Calibre and you can change those free Pdf’s to readable things for your ereader.