Already up in a heap because you’ve just discovered that there’s a class test on next week that you knew nothing about? Don’t panic! Méadhbh Crowley is on hand to provide her top 7 internet hacks to help you study better and save money while doing it!
- Don’t Spend All of Your Money On Books
If your lecturer doesn’t make you buy their book, there is a variety of ways you can get the book without splashing hundreds of euro.
Firstly, check the library’s website (library.ucc.ie ). There’s millions of books available there which you can take out with your student card. Although you can’t keep the books for the entire semester you can photocopy the pages you need without breaking the bank.
If you’d rather use your laptop or ereader to read text books, type in the name of the book, add “pdf” after it and you’ll be given thousands of cheap or free options.
- Use a Proven Studying Algorithm to Learn Material for the Long Term
You can use the concept of “spaced repetition” to help you learn, not only for the exam, but for longer term. The idea reviews terms, definitions, or formulas.
It’s pretty simple: If you understand the concept well, you’ll review it further in the future and if you don’t understand it, you’ll review it sooner.
The best free apps include:
- Struggling on a Topic? Find Extra Material From Other Colleges Online.
Sometimes that one lecture you miss is the only one the lecturer won’t put the slides online for. But there’s a very simple solution to this.
Google the subject matter + “filetype:ppt” to find free lecture slides online.
4. Music Can Help You Study Better
No, listening to ACDC or Taylor Swift will not help you study better, but it has been proven that listening to ambient sounds increases the amount you remember when you study.
Use Spotify to access some long play ambient playlists, or if you’d rather not listen to ads, Noizio is a good option.
- Need help with Harvard Referencing?
Download the word extensions End Note or Mendeley which will automatically insert references into your essays and create a bioliography so you don’t have to.
If you’d rather not download anything www.citethisforme.com will generate any reference for you in under a minute. Very handy.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique to Boost Your Productivity
Remember that 5 minute break you took from studying last week? You still haven’t gone back have you.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time-management hack, which means that you work on one task for 25 minutes (one “pomodoro”), then take a short five-minute break. After four “pomodoros,” you take one long 10-minute break.
Use your phone’s timer or tomato-timer.com to time yourself and your study session.
- Block All Internet Distractions
There are many apps and extensions you can use to stop yourself being distracted by the internet.
There is StayFocusd for Chrome, LeechBlock for Firefox, and Mindful Browsing for Safari.
I know how heartbreaking it can be to have to cut yourself off, but the rewards that you’ll reap come results day will definitely outweigh that half an hour you spent staring at the book in front of you.