6 study apps to download today

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Can’t quite get that word count up? Find yourself “researching” on facebook?

Technology is hard to escape at uni. It can be tricky to concentrate on formatting your references when just a click away is http://www.tinykittens.com/ (it’s a live stream of kittens).

Study apps can be a valuable tool to keep you focussed, and make sure time spent on your computer is actually productive. Most of these apps you can use in your browser, others are for your phone or tablet so you can study on the go.

Without further ado, here are 6 handy study apps:

1. Write or Die

Yes, it sounds cruel. It is. Write or Die is an online device that punishes you if you drop below a set typing speed by screeching, showing you gross spiders, or deleting your work, depending on your settings.

You will get your work done, but Write or Die is probably not for you if you don’t have a good idea of what you want to say. If you’re rewriting something or typing up a handwritten draft then Write or Die is a good option for you. While the full version costs $20, it’s free to try.

2. Written Kitten

In complete contrast, Written Kitten is a warm, happy place to nurture your essay. Set a goal, say 250 words, and each time you reach that count, Written Kitten will reward you with a picture of a cat. It is exactly as amazing as it sounds.

3. StayFocusd

This Chrome extension prevents you from getting distracted. Create a list of off-limits websites (think facebook, reddit, online shopping – choose your poison) and set a daily time limit – I find 30 minutes is a good place to start.

Once you’ve spent 30 cumulative minutes on your banned websites, you can’t access them again. Instead, StayFocusd will redirect you do a passive aggressive comment about your productivity.

To add to your pain, if you try to extend your daily procrastination limit, StayFocusd will force you to flawlessly type out a passage about how procrastination will ruin your life. It might not make you feel good, but it’s great for breaking your mindless procrastination habit.

4. Tomato Timer

The pomodoro study method is a classic; study for 25 minutes, have a five minute break. Repeat as necessary. Tomato timer is just a web app that keeps you on this schedule.

Keep it open in a spare tab and learn the self-control necessary to wait another eight minutes before checking your facebook.

5. Anki

Anki is one of many flashcard apps available across platforms. Never underestimate the power of the humble flashcard. Anki synchronises across your devices, so you can practice on the tram using your phone and pick up where you left off at home.

6. Memrise and Duolingo

These apps are great for casual language-learning and make for easy on-the-tram revision. Duolingo creates games to boost your vocabulary. Memrise uses an adorable garden metaphor to teach you short phrases – it’s great for travel. Both apps are free and easy to use.

Got any study app recommendations? Tell us in the comments below.

– Jacky

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