Finals week will be amongst us 2 weeks from today. Several times students find themselves struggling to NOT procrastinate and focus on their work. In today’s world there’s several distractions and many of them involve technology.
But, technology doesn’t have to help you procrastinate, it can actually positively help you during finals. There are several apps and websites that can be used to make you more productive during the stressful time of finals!
Getting organized is the first step towards staying on track and saying no to procrastination. There are several calendars you can use, but Google Calendar allows you to easily sync your calendar to your phone. Likewise,any changes made from your phone will be synced back as well! It’s a great tool to set alerts and reminders for yourself about what you should be working on at specific times.
COLD TURKEY/ SELF-CONTROL
Cold Turkey is a free productivity program for Windows systems that you can use to temporarily block yourself from social media sites, addicting websites and games that can lead to procrastination. It allows does scheduling, which allows you an allotted time for a study break that you can set yourself.
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. All you do is set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” You will be unable to access those sites, even if you restart your computer or delete the application, until that timer expires.
Flash cards are one of the most effective ways to study definitions and multiple choice tests. Quizlet is a modern interpretation of these flash cards. You will have to type your own answers into the flashcard form so it will be a little bit of work. Once you finish you’ll be able to quiz yourself and keep track of the questions you missed. You can also download the app for an iPhone or Android to use for last minute study before class.
Google Drive, is a great way to create a comprehensive study guide that professors will sometimes not provide. All you need to do is create a study guide doc and share it with your classmates. You all can virtually help each other by filling in any gaps on the study guide and you can see live edits.