How your mobile phone can help you to study at university Published: 09/05/2019 | by Star Trader

How your mobile phone can help you to study at university

As well as being a great social tool, your phone can actually help you when it comes to your studies.

 

When you see your phone light up during a lecture, it can be extremely hard to ignore it. Is it a text from your mum to make sure you’re ok? Is it the Snapchat reply you’ve been waiting for? Or is it just one of those annoying Twitter notifications you didn’t even sign up for?  

 

Although it can sometimes feel as though your phone is your biggest distraction, it doesn’t need to be. In fact, when on ‘Do Not Disturb’, it can actually help you when it comes to your studies at university. Here’s how.

 

1. Snap to it

When your lecturer is rattling through slides and there’s too much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up, especially if you’re taking handwritten notes. And what happens when there’s a graph or diagram? Do you copy it and try to draw it yourself? No.

Avoid the stress by taking a few photos of the presentation with your mobile phone. That way, you won’t miss a thing and will always have something to refer back to when studying season hits. Strictly no selfies though – even if there’s a new Instagram filter!

 

2. Get organised

Take advantage of your phone calendar. No matter how good your memory is, you’re never going to remember the times of all your lectures, so don’t even try. You already have enough going on trying to juggle your studies with a part-time job and an active social life.

Your mobile phone is the best place to organise your life. After all, it’s glued to your hand every day, so there’s very little chance you’ll forget it before leaving the house. You can even set alerts to remind you of any essays you need to hand in to make sure you never miss a deadline again.

 

3. Tune in

Podcasts, your new best friend. With so many to choose from, there’s bound to be one that relates to the subject you’re studying. Just pop your headphones on in between studies and you’re good to go. Podcasts are a great way to take in information without even realising it, so just sit back, relax and learn. Or, if podcasts aren’t your thing, just listen to some music while you study to really zone out.

 

4. Get appy

There are hundreds of educational apps to choose from out there to help you study. Get onto the App Store, have a search around and download the ones you think are going to be the most useful. Top tip – don’t hide them away in folders. Make sure they’re visible on your homescreen. That way, you’ll never forget they’re there when you’re bored and looking for something to do.

 

5. Store safely

Don’t lose your notes, essays and any other important documents. Keep everything safe on your mobile phone by storing it on the Cloud. This not only saves you from carrying dozens of printouts with you everywhere you go, but it also makes sharing and collaborating much easier – perfect for group projects. 

 

It goes without saying that mobile phones play a big part in our everyday lives. Although sometimes a distraction, they can also be very helpful when it comes to organising our days and relieving stress in high-pressure situations, particularly when studying at university. Take advantage of your phone – organise your lectures on your calendar, never lose track of your assignments and always be prepared for a deadline.

 

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