Spring is in the air! The sun is beginning to shine, the weather is starting to warm up, and that can only mean one thingâ€”exams are on their way. Sad but true, it is that time of the semester when students are buckling down and hitting the books so they can crush their exams. If you are starting to feel the stress of exams weighing down on you, take a look at Vergeâ€™s top apps for maximizing your study time during finals.
Google Drive: in those weeks before exams, you never know when the library is going to be packed, when your laptop is going to die, or when you are going to be stuck on the tube because of delays. With Google Drive, you can create documents, spread sheets, power point presentations, and more all through Googleâ€™s cloud service. Even better, you can download truly important papers or assignments to your mobile device or tablet, allowing you to edit them even when you have no wireless service. This way, you can always stay on top of your assignments, no matter where you are.
Dropbox: if Google Drive isnâ€™t for you, Dropbox is another great way to access all of your documents through a cloud service. Dropbox allows you to upload and edit documents, pictures, and videos then access them through your laptop, tablet, or mobiles. It is also a great way to share all of your content with friends and professors, so if you have a study group that just cannot seem to get together, you can all work through Dropbox without being in the same room.
Evernote: easily one of the most popular note taking apps out there and is phenomenal when you are trying to keep all your various notes together in one place. With Evernote, you can make short lists, perfect for organizing everything you need to finish in one day, to large collections of research for that one paper you have been working on all semester. You can also hand write as many notes as you want and a simple search function allows you to find that one phrase lost in all of your notes.
Ref Me: everyone knows the pain of having 20 different books you need to site for one paper, in a format you have never even heard of. With Reference Me, all you need to do is scan the barcode of the book you are referencing, select the format you want, and suddenly you have the perfect bibliography for any paper.
The Oxford English Dictionary: a great dictionary is helpful to everyone, especially during exams week. You never know when one of your professorâ€™s is going to throw out some obscure word that only three people on the planet know the meaning of, so having a portable dictionary on hand will help you look up any term in a matter of seconds.
Exam Time Mobile: for anyone looking to study on the go then they need to download Exam Time Mobile. Available on both tablets and mobiles, Exam Time Mobile offers you flash cards, quizzes, and mind maps that will allow you to study while you are sitting on the train or standing in line at a coffee shop. This way, you can maximize all your time to prepare for your exams.
Study Blue: flashcards are a pretty popular study tool, but they are a pain to make. With Study Blue, you can take any text, photo, or audio and create your own digital collection of flash cards. Even better, if you do not want to make your own card, you can search through a huge database to borrow someone elseâ€™s.
Sleep If You Can: this app is PERFECT for anyone who likes to hit their snooze button three or four times before actually getting out of bed. With Sleep If You Can, before you can actually turn off your alarm, you need to take a photo of something of your choosing, predetermined by each user, before you head back to bed. This will force you to get up out of bed, lowering the chance that you will fall back to sleep.
Genius Scan: you never know when you will want to take a snapshot of a random article or journal that you cannot take with you, so Genius Scan is there to help. All you need to do is take a photo of any paper, photo, or interview and Genius scan will convert it to a PDF that you can then add to all the other source material you need for exams.
TED: finally, TED is an amazing hub for academic sources on just about any topic you can think of. With amazing speakers, researchers, and intellectuals contributing their research to TED, you can find phenomenal academic sources to enhance any paper you need to complete.
There is no way of getting around the stress that naturally comes with having to take finals: it is inevitable. However, you can keep a handle on everything you need to get done by using one or all of these amazing apps.