Helpful Tools to Help Stay on Top!

It’s going on week 4 of class, and chances are you’re probably behind (or didn’t even bother) attempting your reading assignments. Staying on top of the massive piles of reading that gets assigned on a weekly basis has definitely been a struggle for me in the past, but this semester I found some helpful tools that have kept me on track!

Evernote

Studies show that repetition helps you remember things better, so a great way to understand the material is by retyping your notes. I love using Evernote for note taking because it’s super flexible and accessible wherever you are. Creating an Evernote account will sync your notes so you can review without having to lug around all of your notebooks. It’s also a great way to turn your notes into a study guide for those exams coming up!

Thoughtboxes

I’m a list lady. I love crossing things off of my lists. I feel so accomplished seeing that thing that I did with a line running through it. Now I have an online database that keeps track of all my lists for me. You can even group lists together to help prioritize to-do items. I currently have a “Homework” group that contains a list for each of my classes. It makes it easy for me to see what I need to do and when.

Lucidchart

Sometimes you find a crazy diagram in  your notes and you can’t really make out what it says. Or you’re like me and think it looks way too sloppy. I found Lucidchart, which is a service that lets you build a variety of flow charts and diagrams. Extremely easy to use!

LaTeX

As an engineer, we sometimes see some crazy looking equations thrown our way. On the off chance we want to type up notes (*cough cough* EVERNOTE *cough*) it’s nice to have a website that will help us write those crazy formulas for us to use in online applications.

These are just a few of the tools I’ve been utilizing to help me stay on top of things so far this semester. Have you found anything particularly helpful in your studies thus far?

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