Awesome Apps

Phone and tablet-based apps have come a long way, and it’s incredible what they can do nowadays to help you be more productive, on time, organized, educated, etc.  Here are a few of our favorites:

EvernoteEvernote

This is a sweet all-in-one app for keeping you organized.  From Whitson Gordon over at LifeHacker:

“[Evernote] really starts to show its brilliance once you start using it as your default bookmark/webclip app, notetaker, recipe box, repository of all your reference material, and so on. It’s great to have ALL the information you need indexed and searchable across every single platform you have. I love opening it up in a meeting and recording the meeting audio right along with my typed notes on my iPad. If I miss something (entirely possible while pecking things out on a glass screen) I can always return to it after the meeting.”

Very true.  For example, say you take notes for your U.S. History class about the Civil War.  You can tag those notes with “U.S. History,” and also with “Civil War” in Evernote, and do that same thing every time you need to take notes.  The cool part comes when you go back into Evernote and bring up the “U.S. History” tag—all of your notes with that tag will show up.  And then to get more specific, if you just want to see your notes for the Civil War, looking up that tag will give you just those notes.  Super-easy way to stay super-organized with your classes.

Pomodoro TimerPomodoro Time

A must when I’m working on my grad school classes.  Pomodoro Time helps you to “chunk” your work into segments, making them far easier for me (and my ADHD) to handle.

“Pomodoro Technique™ offers a systematic approach to getting things done and helps achieve set goals faster and more efficiently. The basic five steps of the Pomodoro Technique™ are:
– Define the tasks that you’ll be working on
– Set the pomodoro timer to X minutes (25 minutes by default)
– Start working and continue until the timer rings
– Take a short break
– After four pomodoro alarms, take a longer break (15 to 30 minutes as a rule)”

This app has made it so that I can stick with a task and really focus on it, so much so that I sometimes just work through my break.

Magoosh ACT

MagooshThis app is pretty sweet.  It gives you a 2-week ACT prep study guide that covers all of the sections (even writing), including video, flashcards, and practice questions.  Magoosh offers more online help via their website, but this app is a great place to start your prep.