Exams, group projects, essays… Our journey through university is a never-ending pile of work. Now that a new year has started, there’s nothing better than to get to know some tools that will definitely make your life easier at university and help you improve your productivity and cramming. Here are 15 apps and tools to survive university.
1. Google Drive
Create a shared folder with every group member so that everyone can access the same documents and even work on them at the same time!
It can be your virtual workspace. With Slack, you can easily chat with your teammates and exchange documents. You can create different “channels” of communication according to themes and send direct messages to everyone in the group. There are also some pretty useful integrations.
On Trello you can create shared boards and personalise them. For instance, you can create “to do”, “doing” and “done” columns and add tasks in each. You can also label, add a due date, and attach documents to each task.
You can create any type of design from dozens of templates that you can personalise very easily — presentations, social media posts, event invitations… you name it.
For the ones who want to take design to “the next level”, Gimp is a pretty cool image editor — the best part is, it’s free!
Perfect for discovering the RGB colour of an image so that you can use it on your presentations.
7. Office 365 for Education
Office 365 for Education is available for free to students who are currently attending university. It includes Office Online — with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote — and unlimited OneDrive storage.
8. Online Surveys
We all need to create at least one survey during our time at university. Qualtrics, Typeform and Survey Monkey are some of the best tools out there to create online surveys — they’re intuitive to create, to personalise, and to analyse results.
It’s one of the most best productive apps out there! Keep all your notes here and access them on your laptop or smartphone.
A classic. Over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day, so there’s bound to be something worth learning!
WolframAlpha is such a cool tool. You can type anything you want to calculate — even super difficult equations — and you will get the answer. If this isn’t magic, we don’t know what is.
12. Free Online Courses
From Khan Academy to Google Digital Garage to edX, there are so many free online courses out there about any subject you can think of. Check out our recent post about the 7 best websites to take free online courses.
13. Google Scholar
Google’s search engine for academic papers. It’s especially useful if you’re writing an essay and are required to have academic references.
This amazing platform instantly gives you feedback on your CV using sophisticated algorithms that analyse your profile. The first review is free!
It’s the perfect for that painful moment when you reach the bibliography on your essays. Bibme automatically generates your bibliography and it easily creates citations in APA or MLA methods, for instance.
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