Let’s talk Apps to help with online study

Online study has its challenges but we are here to help make it easier. We got the 411 on what you need to help get you through this!

Discussion Board

Your Discussion Board is one of the best places to gather information. Everything is right there, and everyone in the class can contribute. Most boards will be set up to include weekly, assessment, teaching, and general sections.

In the teaching section, you can ask questions directly to your lecturer, allowing others to see your question, add to the question and see the response from the lecturer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; often, many of us have the same issue and are too scared to ask!

In the general section, you can ask questions and make study arrangements with others in your class. It’s a great place to connect with other students, and if you want to continue with study sessions outside of the discussion board, you can then arrange study sessions on another platform.

Echo360

If you’ve not explored what Echo365 can do, now is the time to learn how to use it to your advantage. While some features may not be available, depending on how Echo365 has been used, you should still have access to the basic tools such as increased speed to searching transcripts for particular words. You can even bookmark or flag sections as you are watching so you know where you can find information. You can make notes during the presentation so you can easily remember what to study. Often you will be able to listen to the lecture and view the presentation at the same time.

We cannot stress how important it is to watch your lectures repeatedly. Trust us, you will pick up on something new each time and it’s a great fresher!

O365 Microsoft Office

Did you know you can download O365 and have access across five different devices? In this time of online study, it is vital to have access and share information efficiently with others!

Calendar

We advise you to use the calendar in Outlook to help with your study – mark in when assessments are due, your classes are, and what days you are unavailable. Calendars have a private option so no one can see what you are doing but know you are unavailable. You can also invite others to meetings – great when you have a group assignment you want to work on together. Or even if you’re going to create study sessions.

You can also use the calendar to set alarms for study breaks, use time management skills to get the most out of your study! Check out our section on Timers for apps which can help.

OneDrive

You can create a Word/Excel/PowerPoint document and share/edit easily with others. Great when studying with others or working together on a group assignment. You can also upload your assessments and make them accessible elsewhere. If you forget your USB, you’ve still got your updated work ready to access. But if you do download off the cloud, remember to upload your latest version back up again!

Teams (chat)

You can create a chat group just for your study buddies! It’s fantastic, and it helps you all keep up to date with tasks and ask questions of each other. It’s another great tool to help keep everyone in the loop on group assignments.

PebblePad

You can start to build your portfolio now with PebblePad. In this personal learning environment, you can develop your professional identity, develop employability-related skills, and stay connected as a Griffith Alumni. You can even connect with other clubs and student groups to help build your network and expand your hobbies.

Smarthinking

If you want someone to look over your assignments before handing them in, look no further than Smarthinking! You can send off your assignments, and someone will help you improve your writing skills. The feedback can be applied to your future assessments and can continue to improve your grades.

Text to speech apps

There are several apps out there you can use to limit your screen time. Techradar offers a rundown on five different apps which are free and can read out your documents. You have voice options to find the best that suits you and change up the speed of the reading as well. Natural Reader even offers a dyslexic-friendly font!

Timers

Known as the Pomodoro Technique, time manage your studying by breaking it down into 25 minutes sessions. We did a comprehensive internet search on the best Pomodoro apps for 2020 (it wasn’t the first result!). It has your usual options like Toggl and Forest, but you’ve got to check out a few to see which works best with you.

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