While midterms may be over for most students, final exams for the quarter or semester are coming up. Inevitably, you’ll be sitting in your room or the library trying to study. Here are 5 tools and website that’ll help you make the grade and ace your next test.
Personally, I find Evernote to be an invaluable tool for taking and reviewing class notes. While I previously used pen and paper like most other students, I found that I never actually looked at my notes again, making them pretty useless. With Evernote, I can search through notes I previously took and tag them based on subject matter. Evernote will even look through images you embed in your notes, making it possible to search through the text in photos or pictures. Evernote also has great iOS, Mac, and PC apps, making it easy and fun to edit and create notes.
For group projects I always setup a shared group folder in Google Documents. This allows anyone I give permission to edit, create, and delete documents. The best part is, everyone can edit a single document at the same time. When more than one person is looking at a document and editing it, you’ll see everyone else’s cursor moving around and typing– live.
When you’re struggling to understand a concept and homework is due the next day, YouTube can be your best friend– especially in subjects such as Calculus and Chemistry where heavy computation is involved. Try searching for the topic you’re struggling with and look at some of the videos that pop up. For example, searching “how to integrate by parts” in Google brings up a fantastic tutorial by PatrickJMT. Patrick, in particular, has tons of video tutorials on math subjects that are extremely helpful and walk you through complete problems. Similar video authors exist for other subjects– just search around.
When YouTube isn’t enough or you have a little more time to get help, consider asking your friends, family, and (especially) teachers for help. Chances are, someone you know will be able to help you out and walk you through different problems. Just remember– ask them questions if you don’t fully understand a particular part of a problem so that they can go more in depth where you need more explanation. Also, thank them after they’re done helping you!
With the iPad, Kindle Fire HD, and Nexus 7, you now have access to an amazing number of great education apps to help you study. The previously mentioned Evernote has a fantastic iPad application, allowing you to sync notes between your laptop, tablet, and even your phone. Interactive apps that include videos and 3D models, such as the extremely popular “The Elements,” are great for visualizing concepts.
As you can see, there’s a ton of great tools and websites to help you study for your next exam. What’s your favorite tool to help you study? Let us know in the comments!