School is stressful. It requires hard work, commitment, and hours and hours of studying. Luckily, there are loads of resources you can use to help you through it.
Have you thought about all the ways your phone can help you study? You probably spent hundreds of dollars on your iPhone, so you may as well get your money’s worth and use it to ace your classes!
Yes, your phone can be a source of endless distraction… if you let it. But with a little willpower it can help you stay organized and keep track of homework, tests, and important meetings.
Here are 5 ways you can use your phone to help you study.
1. Record Lectures
Taking notes of everything your professor is saying is impossible. That’s why recording devices are so great! Fortunately, your smartphone has one pre-installed, meaning you can easily record important lectures and refer back to them later.
Another great use of your phone is for recording yourself when planning presentations. When your laptop’s microphone stops working or you’re looking for something with better quality, your mobile device is a good solution – not to mention that your smartphone also has a video function, making it easy to video yourself too.
This heavy use of your phone can drain the battery pretty fast, though. Luckily, Casely’s amazing (and cute) charging iPhone cases keep your phone’s juice topped up for a long day in the library.
2. Get a Notetaking App
Pen and pencil are great notetaking options, but downloading a notetaking app on your phone will give you an easy way to jot down important dates or quick information. Some great app options you can download include Google Drive, Dropbox, or Evernote.
3. Use Your Calendar (And Stick to It!)
Paper calendars have their perks, but you can’t always take them everywhere you go. Your smartphone has the perfect on-the-go calendar that alerts you to upcoming events. This means you’ll stay on top of tests, assignments, meetings, among other important stuff.
At the beginning of the semester, put in all of the important dates in your syllabus so that you’ll never have to worry about updating it!
4. Set Timers
Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to finish that school assignment or prepare for a test. Your smartphone’s timer can keep you on track. Make it your goal to stay focused on a task for a certain amount of time. When the alarm goes off, take a break before jumping back in!
A popular way to stay focused is called the Pomodoro Technique, where you work in intervals of 25 minutes with short, 5-minute breaks in between.
One of our fave ways to complete short bursts of studying is to use Casely’s cute phone rings to prop up your phone while the countdown is on. Pull out the ring and set your phone standing up. That way you’re not always picking it up to check the time... then accidentally ending up on Instagram. Neat, huh?
5. Contact Your Professor
This is a must when it comes to your education. There will be times where you’ll get stuck and need some feedback from your instructor. A smartphone is the best way to communicate! You can easily access your email or shoot your professor a text in a matter of seconds.
Yes, a smartphone is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but their use goes way beyond this. If you use your smartphone wisely, it can make school a whole lot easier.
Try some of these tips next time you’re studying and let us know how they work out for you. If you have other ways you use your smartphone for learning, let us know!
Psst – be sure to check out the new Casely Bold Collection. Your iPhone can’t help you study if it’s shattered, so invest in one of our new ultra-protective cases to keep it stylish and safe!