The semester is ending and finals season is upon us. If you’re wondering how you’re going to get through it alive, here are a few apps you can try to keep you focused, curb distractions, get you out of bed, and hopefully make your life a tad bit easier.
If you’ve ever felt like you get distracted too easily or can’t focus for long periods of time, the pomodoro technique may be great for you! Boost your productivity by breaking down your work into 25 minute intervals separated by 5 minute breaks. Then, after 4 cycles have passed, you take a 15-20 min break. You can search “pomodoro” in your app store and find a variety of apps that can time this for you and keep you on track!
Self Control (Mac only)
SelfControl is a compute app that lets you block your own access to distracting websites like social media, buzz feed, online shopping, etc–whatever your poison is. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” Until the timer runs out, you can’t access those sites–even if you restart your computer or delete the application.
Most of you already know about this app/website, but may not be using it to its fullest. Not only are you able to make simple flashcards for quick memorization, but the site can design games and tests to help you learn too. Also, if you have a friend who makes cards, you can search for them and simply add them to your personal files! You can also just search for & add other random card sets that cover topics relevant to you. My favorite is the phone app. You have access to all your card sets in the palm of your hand. Anything that gives you the ability to study efficiently & on the go gets high recommendations from me.
Sleep if You can
This is for you hard core snoozers out there. This app functions as an alarm, but instead of just hitting snooze, you’ll have to get up and take a picture of an image that you pre-set (ex. bathroom sink), solve a math problem, or a couple of other options that suit your fancy. So, if you like to take “naps” during the day before/between studying that turn into full blown sleep after about 5 snoozes, try this out.
Wishing everyone the best of luck in their exam periods; we got this!