5 Apps That Will Change How You Study

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With a wealth of information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to know how to sift through everything. Yes, we have everything we need to learn, but the question is how do we learn it?  Revision and studying can often be hindered as much as helped by technology; it can be distracting and can make it more difficult for our memories to work to their full capacity. However, technology is continually developing to aid study and revision, and we have compiled a list of the top 5 apps that will help you master your Masters (and other studies).

1. Dragon Dictation

Although this app can be used for anything from updating a Facebook status, to shooting off a quick email, Dragon Dictation can be extremely useful for studying. Using fast speech-to-text software, this app will type while you talk. Maybe you had a quick thought you want to jot down, or after hours of studying, your wrists need a break. You can use it however you want, whenever you want, and you will save bags of time.

A huge upside of speaking your notes is not only speed but memory retention. A lot of studies show that by reading or saying something aloud, you are creating a ‘distinctive memory.’ This means that you are digesting the information twice; once as you read it, and a second time as you say it aloud, making it more concrete as a memory. The drawback of Dragon Dictation is that it is only available on iOS devices.


5 big reasons you should be using Visual Thinking

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We live in an age where we have access to more information than ever before. This, however, comes with its own problems, as our ability to remember, organize, and connect these masses of information is dwindling. Visual thinking is not a new process, but with today’s hectic lifestyle it is certainly becoming clear how efficient it can be. You may not be a visual learner or artist, but you certainly don’t need to be either to reap the benefits of visual thinking.

Generating and linking ideas

Visual thinking can help you discover links between your ideas, and even generate new ones with ease and speed. When there is too much information inside your head, it can be incredibly difficult to focus on just one at a time. Being able to map out and see your ideas in front of you means you can see each piece of information separately and together at the same time like you can on an actual map. You can then begin to bridge the gaps and connect ideas, as well as generate new ones with ease and speed.


6 time-saving technologies about to change your life forever

Time is our most precious commodity – and it seems there’s never enough of it. But this could be about to change, with a new wave of technology which will revolutionize the way we live and work forever.

1. The Internet of Things

Your phone beeps. It’s your fridge, informing you you’re out of coffee. After syncing with today’s calendar your fridge has realised your parents are coming round later – and they’re both coffee drinkers. The Internet of Things is an invisible network connecting the physical things around you. Smart sensors in the devices in your home, your car at school and your workspace will co-ordinate with each other to help streamline your life.

This technology is already here, but only around 1% of devices have a connective capability. However, it’s thought by 2022 around 50 billion objects will be connected, making day-to-day lives that little bit easier and saving us valuable hours.

2. The Laundroid

For as long as the idea’s been around, domestic robots have intrigued us. Having someone (or something) to take over the most menial of chores saving valuable hours has huge appeal. Robot technology is moving quickly and it won’t be long before mechanical domestic helpers – like the floor-cleaning Roomba device – are found in every home.

Enter the Laundroid, the world’s first laundry folding robot. Developed by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, the Laundroid will be available for purchase later this year, taking over a task that apparently takes up a whopping 375 days of our lives. The sleek tower is fitted with scanners that analyse your laundry to decide exactly how to tackle each item. In its current incarnation, the Laundroid can fold a shirt in four minutes, which isn’t exactly fast, but hey – as long as you don’t have to do it yourself.