It’s not “lazy” if it gets the job done! The following apps were designed to help the less studious among us work smarter, so why not give them a go and minimise your study time even further?
- Audio recorders
A simple yet brilliant hack is to audio record lectures using one of many free audio recording apps such as Smart Voice Recorder or Voice Recorder. Once recorded, simply compile a playlist for each subject or module, and listen back to it while exercising, cooking, chilling on the couch, or taking a study breaks when cramming for an exam. Easy peasy.
- “Self Control” apps
If you’re constantly distracted by social media or other digital pastimes, it might be time for a little tough love. Self Control for Study (Android) and Self Control (Mac) are productivity apps designed to help the procrastinator in you cut down on distractions during classes and designated study times. Your phone will retain necessary functions like call and SMS, but your various digital achilles heels like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook will be inaccessible until you’ve put in some work.
Similarly, Quality Time tracks app usage and displays your digital habits on a timeline for any given hour, day, or week, allowing you to set necessary usage limits.
- Citation generators
Referencing apps aren’t so much a lazy hack as sensible tool you’d be silly not to use. These apps allow users to scan books’ barcodes or enter article URLs to instantly produce citations in any of the larger recognised referencing styles. Popular choices include RefMe and EasyBib.
- Lesson summaries
It’s always a beautiful moment when you stumble upon a lesson or chapter summary, especially when you’re pressed for time. Locally developed MasterPass System provides textbook summaries, notes, and quizzes written by a selection of top university and college lecturers. The associated app even includes a motivational coach! If this isn’t a time saver for the less studious types among us, I don’t know what is.
- Sleep trackers and relentless alarm clocks
If you’re big on sleep, but constantly mess up your sleep schedule by spending too much time in bed, you’ll almost certainly benefit from a sleep tracker. These applications help users log their sleep patterns in order to get a clearer view of their night’s rest. Some applications will even calculate your circadian rhythms and tell you at which times to go to bed in order to feel refreshed when you wake up. You’ll find that earlier isn’t always better!
Sound good? Let us know if these applications save you time and effort, and feel free to add more tools to our list.