5 Applications YOU Should Be Using As A Student
The Internet is awesome, and the number of cool applications that are out there is astounding. I spend a lot of time on my computer, and as a student I am always looking for new apps to help make my life easier. With that being said, I have taken the time to compile a list of 5 applications that I currently use to make my life a little better and save some time. More than likely you too can benefit from their use. Maybe you already use them, maybe you don’t but here they are in no particular order:
I have actually already written a post about Penzu. This tool is awesome. Penzu is meant to be journaling software, but it also suffices as a great note taking tool. It’s great for those of us who take notes on our laptops, and best of all, it’s free.
If you’re not using Google Docs then you are totally missing out on an amazing tool. Google docs is, essentially, an online version of Microsoft Office (‘cept it’s made by Google, obviously). So what’s so special about an online Office Suite? Well I’ll tell you! By using Google Docs, no longer will you ever have to worry about forgetting to email a paper to yourself! As long as you have an internet connection, you can always access your word document/spread sheet/presentation from wherever! Also, probably the best feature is that you can share your google docs with others! If you have a large 30 page paper that you and a group is working on you can upload it to google docs and work on it all at the same time. That way all changes are reflected in a single copy of the paper. No more “You email me pages 1-5, and you email me pages 6-10, and then I’ll put them all together!”. We all know that never turns out well. GO NOW and check out Google docs, there are many amazing features that I don’t have time to mention, so go play with it some!
This next one is really great. Mint.com is a free personal finance management website that is both easy to use and understand. I started using Mint.com about a year ago and it has really come in handy. I use a credit card for most of my purchases and then pay it off at the end each month with cash. By using Mint.com all my purchases are automatically categorized and sorted into easy to understand graphs. Let’s say on a Friday night that I go to the Blue Monkey lounge with my Fraternity Brothers and then at the end of the night we end up at Als for a BBQ baker. Well, Mint is smart enough to know that the $20 I spend at Blue Monkey was on Alcohol, and that the $10 I spend at Al’s is food. Over the course of a month I can see EXACTLY how much money I spend on various things (Gas, Movies, Food, etc). This way, I can look back and say “Wow, I spent $100 on partying this month, that was retarded.” Give Mint.com a shot, it’s quite a helpful tool.
This is a new one I just started using. I really hate dealing with Flash Cards, I do. I’ll make like 30 of them and then lose 2 or 3 and them not know which ones I lost. FlashCardMachine.com solves this problem, and many more. With this site you can make as many flash card sets as you like. Not only can you make the usual Term/Definition cards but you can also make PICTURE and SOUND flash cards! Check out this site some time, it’s free, easy, and fun to use.
You have got to appreciate this one. When I started college 5 years ago (spare me) I had no idea such an amazing service existed. Because of my ignorance I was forced to learn how to properly write a bibliography. Now I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, I suppose it’s a cool skill to have, but EasyBib.com makes life so much easier! All you gotta do is fill out an easy to understand form and BAM, there ya go, a pre-formatted easy to use bibliography. I love it.
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