Getting Organized and Reducing Distractions Can be Keys to Success in Career Training Programs
Whether you buy in to New Year’s resolutions or not, a new year inspires many of us to improve some area of our lives.
This year, why not rely on technology to lend a hand? Even if you’re not in a computer-based program of study, such as computer networking or graphic design and animation, there are a variety of easy-to-use phone apps that can help all students get organized to optimize school and study time.
Here’s a list of six apps to help you get started. (NOTE: There are many great apps that may accomplish these same tasks. We do not endorse any of the following, but are presenting them as a starting point for your own searches.)
Staying on Task
No one wants to admit it, but we all get distracted by various things on our mobile devices. The SelfControl app blocks distracting websites during certain periods of time. You can set it to block those sites during lectures or during study periods. The app will automatically cease site blocking at the end of the time you designate.
Flashcards on Your Phone
Flashcards have long been used as an effective study aid. But in today’s world, there’s no need to create stacks of 3 x 5 cards anymore. Several phone apps have taken paper out of the equation entirely.
StudyBlue lets users create their own flashcards, using text, audio or pictures. The app also gives users the option to search for previously created flashcards on various topics. StudyBlue tracks progress so you can spend your time focusing on areas where you need the most work. You can also set reminders to study at certain times.
Use Your Documents Anyplace
You’re probably on the move a lot. Being able to access your important documents anywhere can help you take advantage of those little unexpected pockets of time, such as when you’re stuck in the doctor’s office waiting room.
Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that gives you full access to your documents from mobile devices. You can also access your account from any computer that has Internet access, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting assignments at home.
Best of all, your work won’t be lost to a system crash, because documents are saved in the cloud rather than on your device or personal computer.
If you’re in the professional medical assistant training program, you may have a need for specialized term definitions.
The Science Glossary app is a resource to get definitions for science terms quickly.
A Better To-Do List
Any.do takes your to-do list to the next level. It allows you to keep track of daily tasks, as well as larger life goals. The app syncs across devices. It also allows you to coordinate items with contacts.
You can prioritize tasks and even create sub-tasks. For example, a task for “go grocery shopping” may contain sub-tasks for every item you want to buy. You can “check off” each item as you make your way through the store.
If you want to check sites that are important to you without getting distracted by lots of other “clickbait” that will certain eat your precious time, check out Feedly. It grabs information from all of your favorite sources and presents it in one convenient stream. That way, you can stay current on your favorite sites without falling down the proverbial Internet rabbit hole.
Happy studying in 2015!