Sometimes making studying easier is more about making it less monotonous. For example, you can create essays for many subjects without adding images and still score highly. But, it makes the whole process a little nicer and less monotonous if you are able to add pictures. The same is true of adding diagrams, as there is nothing stopping you from drawing a mind map and then scanning it, but using a Livescribe pen to write directly onto your computer is more fun.
There are other gadgets such as a PC or Laptop and an alarm clock that are vital for making studying easier. So, here is a quick rundown of ten gadgets that will make your studying easier. The list is not in order, as it really depends what subject you are doing that dictates which is the most important, for example, a PC may be more important to a programming student than it is to an art student.
1 PC or Laptop
None of us are writing with a feather and ink these days. You can churn out forty or fifty words per minute with your PC or Laptop, and for that reason alone your desktop computer is going to feature highly in your “most needed” gadgets. They are great for hundreds of things such as design, research, planning, essays, etc. If you can afford a good PC then the sky is the limit as to the many things you can make it do.
2 Alarm Clock
Use it to wake yourself up in a morning. That is a no-brainer, but it can also be used to make you more disciplined and help you study. You do this by setting personal study periods that your alarm clock alerts you to. When the alarm goes off you must take a break. Doing this will help reduce your amount of distractions and will slow study-fatigue. Look into the research that claims the human mind wanders every ten minutes and you may be able to craft a very good study plan.
3 Livescribe Pulse
Use this to draw on the computer so that you do not need to keep scanning your drawings. You can use a mouse and a pointer but it is hard to create curves and make your diagrams look good. With this tool you can create diagrams, sketches, mind maps and even design info graphics with content management systems.
If you are in your dorm room or student housing then it is imperative that you use your printed books when studying. They are easier to read, they do not tire you out as quickly, and they do not hurt your eyes as much as digital text. If you are out and about then use an e-reader as it allows you to carry hundreds of books on just one device. If you get one with a clear screen that you can read easily at arm’s length, then you will feel the benefit of your e-reader.
5 Smart Phones
This had to appear in the list or we would have gotten hundreds of emails complaining. They come in handy, but are not really vital for studying. Their best function is as an organizer. This is because people tend to keep their Smartphones near them, so if an organizer alert goes off then the student is likely to hear it and respond to it. Set alerts for your lessons, essay deadlines, etc.
You can use your camera to collect first-person evidence, and you can use it to add original images to your presentations and essays. For things such as design and technology it is going to be a lot easier having your own camera instead of having to borrow the school/college camera all the time.
7 Scientific Calculator
If you don’t know why this little tool is amazing then you probably do not need one for your lessons. If you are doing anything mathematics or science related, then this little device is probably going to help you study quite a bit. Some exams will also allow you to take a scientific calculator in with you.
8 Tablet device
Use it to do your research on the move, or as your personal e-reader. If you are able to draw on the device then it may be used for note taking, brain storming, planning and mind maps. It may also make using Flashcards a little less monotonous too.
9 USB Device
Backup your files twice. Save your essays/coursework/research/notes on your desktop computer first. Backup your final essays/coursework by printing it off. You often do not need to print off your work, as you can submit most online these days, but your printed version is your hard-copy backup. Save the files on your USB device as a further measure. The great thing is that you can save any old files on your USB device and then take them with you wherever you go.
10 MP3 Player
Do not use it to listen to music as you work, as it has been proven (repeatedly) that music hurts your productivity. However, if you are learning a new language then listening to it when you are out and about or lying in bed is going to help you learn it. It is a form of passive learning and is highly recommended. There are even similar audio lessons for other topics that you may wish to try.
This article is written by Sonia Jackson. She helps students with Physics assignments and other kinds of homework.