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Top Tools College Students Use to Maintain Great Grades

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Using technology can have a dramatic impact on your ability to get good grades. In this digital study kit, we’ve put together six must-have apps to help you improve your grades by providing access to better information, helping you form better study habits, helping you get to class on time, and more. Find out how these apps can help you ace your college classes.

1. Never Miss a Class (Even When You Don’t Attend)

OneClass (Desktop) You can’t hire a robot lookalike to attend class for you (yet), but there's a way to stay on top of the class material, even when you don’t attend a class. With the Class Notes tool on OneClass, you can download lecture notes that were shared by top students in your class. Classes may be the most important part of getting good grades. So, whether you're struggling to understand the material covered in a lecture, or you miss a class, lecture notes that were posted to OneClass can help you learn the course material.

2. Winning at Mornings When You’ve Had a Late Night

Alarmy (iOS, Android) Are you worried that your late night may lead to you missing an important class? For those rough mornings, your alarm snooze button may be too tempting, and you can't rely upon your roommate. The Alarmy app makes it harder to sleep through your alarm. Customize the app with the best way to force yourself out of bed. In order to silence the alarm, you can set the app so that you need to solve a math problem, take a photo of a specific location, or vigorously shake the phone.

3. Hacking Time Management for Better Grades

MyStudyLife (iOS, Android) To get good grades, you’ll need to be smart about how you keep track of the many individual assignments, projects, exams, class schedules, work responsibilities, and more. The MyStudyLife app is designed for students with dashboards to keep you focused, reminders to help you meet goals, and settings to manage semester class schedules and breaks. However, a great side effect of tracking your responsibilities is that you can use the tool to quantify your downtime. Whether you want to procrastinate, catch a game, go to a party, or binge a show, an effective time-management app can help you manage your responsibilities as well as your free time.

4. On-demand Help with Homework Questions

Solvit (iOS) It’s inevitable: when you’re preparing for an exam, doing homework, or writing a paper, there will be material that you don’t understand. In some cases, you’ll have the freedom to ask for clarification at the next class. In other cases, you may turn to Google for the time-consuming research process only to find search results of questionable accuracy. The app Solvit is a study tool that can help students with on-demand answers to homework questions. With Solvit, a community of students and subject experts are available to answer your questions in math, English, science, history, economics, and more. The collaborative platform is free to use, and asking questions is done through site currency that you get from answering other students’ questions. There’s even a Solvit Express option for $5 per question if you don’t receive an answer from the community within 24 hours.

5. Brain Food Delivered to Your Door

Tapingo (iOS, Android) Whether the dining hall is closed or your fridge is looking barren, a good meal can help you stay focused on your studying and can help your brain absorb more information. Luckily, you can feed your hunger without getting up from your desk. Tapingo is an online food marketplace that’s targeted to college students. Use the app to get your food order delivered right to your door; or, with the pick-up option, you can skip the line and have your food ready for you when you arrive at the eatery. If Tapingo isn't yet available on your campus, try other food delivery apps such as GrubHub, DoorDash, or UberEats.

6. Smart Study Tool for Memorization

Anki (Desktop, iOS, Android) The repetition of flashcards is a key study habit to help you memorize information before an exam. However, some flashcard apps are smarter than others are and can produce better results. The digital flashcard app, Anki, uses a cognitive methodology called “Spaced Recognition,” which quizzes you more frequently on questions that you struggled with and focuses less on the information you excel at. The American Medical Association reported how this study methodology has resulted in medical students getting better grades on their board exams. Use Anki to build your own deck of flashcards or use one of the community’s curated decks about a topic that you’re studying. The desktop version is free to use, as is AnkiWeb, which is a cloud-based app. The iOS app is a paid companion tool, and the AnkiDroid app for Android devices was built by a separate group of developers using the same format. Find out how OneClass can help you get better grades with a community-grown set of study resources. image attribution: peampath - stock.adobe.com

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