When you are in the home stretch of your student career, you cannot help but think about being done. Whether you are preparing to graduate or just finish up for summer break, it is exciting. But, you are not done yet and those last few semesters can be tough.
Here are some terrific tips and tools to get you to the finish line.
If your mind begins to wander to what comes when school is over, there are handy ways to stay focused. When you are studying, researching, or writing an essay, keeping your mind on the task at hand is essential.
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One way to focus on your activity is to put down your mobile device. Avoid calls, texts, and social media so that you can complete your task. Check out the cross-platform Forest app. This interesting way to focus begins with a seed that will grow into a tree. But, if you leave the app to play a game or check a social network, your tree will wither.
Forest offers rewards for additional tree species, focused time tracking, and friendly competition with other users. So, turn your focus time into a flourishing forest with this cool tool. It is available on both Android and iOS and has Chrome and Firefox extensions as well.
If putting your cell phone down isn’t the problem, but eliminating distractions is, then check out Brain.fm. This nifty website offers music for your mind. You can sign up for a free account, select Focus from the options, pop in your earphones, and just listen.
You can choose to listen for 30 minutes, one hour, or two hours, and pause the music if needed. You might also enjoy exploring the collection of specific sounds like Beach Focus or Underwater Focus. As a bonus, Brain.fm can not only help you focus, but provides sounds to relax and sleep as well.
Brain.fm offers several free sessions to get you started. If you like it, you can upgrade to the paid version which provides unlimited sessions and offline access.
Download — Brain.fm for iOS (Free)
When you begin to worry about final exams, writing your thesis, or just making it to the end, remain positive. Remember, there is no room for negativity in success. If you struggle a bit with this and need help, there are wonderful tools you can try.
The Positivity Toolbox is a website that provides positive affirmations. From confidence to motivation to self-reflection, you will find a nice selection of affirmations. Simply choose a volume from the five options and read through the PDF displayed.
You might also enjoy the blog section of the site which provides posts in many helpful categories. You can check out tips for staying positive, reducing stress, building momentum, and much more.
If you want those positive affirmations when you are out and about, you can check out handy apps for your mobile device.
On Android, take a look at Positive Thinking and for iOS, check out Unique Daily Affirmations Free. Each app provides motivational and inspirational quotes selected to uplift you. In addition, you can add your own affirmations and receive notifications and reminders too.
Download — Positive Thinking for Android (Free)
Download — Unique Daily Affirmations Free for iOS (Free)
You already know that keeping yourself organized throughout the school year is important. So, do not let that slip now that the end is near. Use the tools that help you the most, whether it is for notes, documents, or planning.
For Notes: Evernote
Evernote is a popular tool for capturing notes, but offers many additional, useful features. You can create projects and to-do lists, share notebooks and notes, and search for items. Along with notes, you can quickly organize images and documents that you save, capture web pages and articles, and create tags for items. Evernote can be accessed via the web, desktop applications, mobile apps, and browser extensions.
For Documents: Google Drive
Google Drive needs no introduction. It is a convenient collaborative cloud application for storing documents, emails, and photos. It works with Gmail and Google Photos, connects with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and allows you to work offline. You receive 15 GB of storage for free and can purchase more with monthly plans. Google Drive is also available via the web, desktop applications, mobile apps, and browser extensions.
For Planning: myHomework
Keep track of assignments, tests, and projects easily with myHomework. You can use reminders for items that are due, view your class schedules, and sync across your devices. If you join your teacher’s Teachers.io class, you can download class details, assignments, and files automatically. You can also use myHomework on your mobile device, Windows or Mac computer, and Kindle Fire.
If the time comes when you need or want a little extra help, take advantage of the resources available. You might want homework assistance, study tools, flashcards, or even tutoring. Don’t wait until it is too late, get the guidance you seek with useful web sources.
Course Hero provides homework assistance seven days a week, 24 hours per day. If you are just looking for helpful study resources, you can browse by subject, book, or school. In addition, there are searchable flashcards and you can create your own.
Just create a free account to get started and get answers to your questions within minutes. Along with web access, you can use Course Hero on your mobile device. So help with your classes is never more than a tap away.
Another great option for assistance is StudyBlue. You can receive homework help, create and store study materials, and also check out flashcards. StudyBlue offers over 250 million study material pieces in most any subject imaginable. Additionally, you can review test preparation flashcards for the ACT, SAT, LSAT, and GMAT exams.
With StudyBlue on your mobile device, you have quick access to all your notes, images, progress tracking, and study reminders. So, whether you access the tool on the web or your device, you will have what you need when you need it.
Hang in There
While finishing school is a lot of hard work, it does not have to be a struggle. There are tools and resources that can help you. Stay focused, organized, positive, and get assistance when you need it and you will complete the term with flying colors. Do you have tips or tools of your own to assist current students?
Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below.
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