Technology. It’s completely transformed how we live—from how we communicate, to how we drive cars. But has it made learning more convenient? Heck yeah it has! Here are 7 Digital Life Hacks sure to make you a savvier student, schedule and all!
LIFE HACK #1: Make Any Place a Study Space
“I often use public transportation or walk while on campus, so during these travel times I use flashcards. It helps pass time and gives me extra study time.”
One billion things to do during the day, and studying is currently below eating and sleeping. Sound familiar? Fit it ALL in with digital! Mobile learning means you can master concepts on the move, and study where you stand—or sit! With digital, the world is your desk.
LIFE HACK #2: Study on the Run
Imagine—your workout AND your homework done in time for Game of Thrones. For real. Audio books present course content in an engaging way, and let you tackle two things at once. Thanks to digital, you can fit in studying, and fit in your new jeans!
LIFE HACK #3: Quiz Yourself Ready
“I take the practice quizzes right before the actual in-class exam. It allows me to get a last-minute look at the material we’ve covered.”
Picture it: Exam day…
You: Awesome! What’s the answer?
Brain: Studying more before a test.
Preparation tools like practice quizzes let you put yourself to the test, right before you take it—so you can avoid awkward interactions like these.
LIFE HACK #4: Pre-Game Your Lessons
“I usually have the book read aloud to me in my car before I am taught that concept in lecture. ”
That moment when your roommate asks YOU for help. The ReadSpeaker feature in MindTap enables you to have your book read to you to prep yourself for concepts before they’re covered in class—so you get it before your instructor gets to it. Warning: Increased confidence has been known to occur.
LIFE HACK #5: Focus Like a Sensei
“I also really enjoy the weekly view on MindTap. I think it’s definitely underrated because it can tell me which assignments are due soonest and allows me to focus on those before I get lost in the master outline view.”
Need shiny objects to keep you focused? Then consider digital the gold medal of study resources. Digital organizational tools, like calendars and notifications, help you keep a level of focus that would make even Mr. Miyagi proud.
LIFE HACK #6: Let the Notes be Your Guide
“When I have finished reading an entire chapter, I go back and take all of my highlighted information and notes and create a study guide.”
Have a serious case of “in one ear and out the other” syndrome? Fear not—a simple study guide compiling all the “notable” stuff makes for a nice go-to review resource. It’s sure to be the highlight of your preparation plan! See what we did there?
LIFE HACK #7: Stagger with Swagger
“I stagger my MindTap quizzes; I do the 5-question quiz over and over until I get 100%, then the 15-question quiz, then the 20, then the 40—all over and over until I ace them. Not only does this give me a confidence boost, but it allows me to practice my test-taking skills.”
If at first you don’t succeed…well, you know the rest. Layering the length of your practice quizzes provides a more robust rehearsal for the big day. Just rinse and repeat ‘til you get it right and come test day, you’ll shine!
Barring a revolution of mutant, killer robots—it’s fair to say, technology makes life easier.
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