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25 Organization and Productivity Apps for Students

September 17, 2015

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A new semester brings a new schedule to get used to, which means shuffling things around to fit in blogging and writing time. I was trying to stick to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday (or some combination of those days) posting schedule for OSG, but based on my courseload this semester, that doesn’t seem realistic. I’m tenatively committing to Monday-Thursday, hence the post today!

Four weeks in (!) and I’m still getting my footing on this semester. When do I have time to work? To write? To blog?

That’s where my planner comes in! I’d made a planner last semester that I thought covered everything I needed. Then I joined some planner communities and started eyeing the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Now I don’t know what I need! Finding Planner Peace is one of many steps I’m taking to be more focused and organized this semester, which is something that’s repeatedly on my semester resolutions lists.

Since I always have my phone or iPad on me, I use a lot of apps. So here are 25 organization and productivity apps that I think are super helpful for students.

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15 Health and Wellness Apps for Students

September 14, 2015

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My home internet is pretty spotty at times, which means that WordPress will eat my posts while I’m writing them if I don’t save constantly. So let this be a lesson to save every few minutes or whenever you take a break!

Earlier in the year I started collecting reference link and app masterposts for students in the hopes of making a big masterpost of apps and resources for everything from studying to writing papers to taking naps–but that got too unwieldy and I decided to break everything up for the sake of readability.

I had this series in a different order before, but since I’m getting over the flu this weekend I’m starting things off with health apps!

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What I Wish I Knew: Going to College

August 23, 2015

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My classes start tomorrow and the internet is full of ~what I wish I knew~ lists from old people pretending they know what it’s like to be a college student now.

Make friends! Do your homework! Don’t take morning classes! Don’t drink! Become a shut-in! Don’t take out student loans! Do a bunch of unpaid internships!

Can we say out of touch?

I am a junior nontraditional student who works full-time and is taking 18 credits this semester. I’m old (ish) but I’ve spent years living in a college town and I’m in school now. Here are my tips for a successful school year.

 

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School Supplies Stock-Up Price List

August 7, 2015

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When I moved into my new apartment last week, I had three laundry baskets of clothes, ten boxes of books, four storage tubs of yarn, and seven boxes of office supplies.

School supply season is my weakness, even more than day-after-Halloween candy sales. I have multiple boxes of notebooks and comp books and note pads, many of which have one or two pages written in them but are otherwise pristine. I’m working on my organization problems and hoarding tendencies, so I haven’t bought any school supplies this season yet. But I know a good bargain when I see one.

A quick glance at the studyblr community would lead you to believe that every dedicated student has the expendable income to buy Stabilo pens and Moleskines and Macbook Airs (and the time to study 16 hours a day). Greek life Pinterest boards are full of college “essentials” lists that include Kate Spade planners and dry erase calendars and white noise machines.

Few students–especially adult orphans–can afford such extravagances. And really, do you actually need that stuff to study?

In this post, I’ll go over how I spend less than $30 on school supplies each year and still manage to create a school supplies hoard in my office.

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How to Ask for a Due Date Extension

May 10, 2015

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It’s that time of the semester again.

It’s the Sunday before finals, the last week of classes, when you look at your planner and realize that not only are you nowhere near finished with your final projects, but they’re all due on the same day within two hours of each other.

Plus you have finals and haven’t even begun to look for and create study guides.

Whether it’s procrastination, overwhelming responsibilities, or any other excuse you tell yourself, you might not be able to finish everything on time. So what can you do?

  • You can turn in mediocre or unfinished work and accept whatever grade you receive.
  • You can turn everything in late and hope for the best.
  • You can just ignore the problem and shamefully avoid eye contact with your professors.
  • Or you can swallow your pride and ask for a due date extension.

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