Four Productivity Apps for Online Students

Earning your degree online gives you the flexibility to complete coursework anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. But this flexibility can also create a challenge: to stay on track and get things done, you need to stay motivated and hold yourself accountable.

Luckily, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are thousands of apps designed to help students stay organized, focus, and be more productive. To help you get started in finding the tools that are right for you, here are four apps that can help you in your studies.

EvernoteChances are you’ve probably heard of Evernote. But this app is can be a helpful tool for taking notes, bookmarking, saving files and images, and more. Best of all, Evernote allows you to keep everything organized in separate “notebooks” and offers a keyword tagging feature. The app is also available for your computer, smart phone or device, as well as the web, allowing you to access your notes across all platforms.  This app is good for more than just creating a to-do list. It allows you to create tasks, set priorities, and reminds you to address the items that haven’t been checked off your list. It also has a calendar feature so you can keep track of deadlines, your work schedule, and more. The app is also available across all devices.

FocusWriter  Doing all your coursework on a computer means that distractions like Facebook and Twitter are only a click away. FocusWriter helps you concentrate on writing by blocking out the entire screen with an empty page. The desktop app also allows you to customize the page for whatever mood you’re in and set timers on the program to keep you focused on writing instead of watching the clock.

Forest– Much like your computer, your phone can be a distraction when you’re trying to study. Forest is a productivity tool that’s also a game. When you open the app, you’re able to set the amount of time in which you’d like to get something done. If you successfully avoid your phone during that time, you are awarded a tree for your virtual forest. If you close out of the app before the time period is over, the tree dies. Don’t worry, no actual trees will be harmed in the use of this app, but the game element of Forest is a fun way to keep a tally of your productivity successes.

These apps are a good place to start, but not every digital tool will be the right fit for you. The best way to find the right solutions for success is to try things out and find what works and what doesn’t. If you pair these digital tools with a little hard work and self-motivation, you’ll be able to stay productive and reach your academic goals.

Interested in earning an online degree? Learn more about Ashworth College’s online programs.

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