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15 Reading Apps for Students

September 24, 2015

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When I started this series, I intended to have reading and book apps in the education post, but I just had too many. They warrant their own post. Plus, I am still collecting reference sources for the big masterpost. So. Reading!

I had an early Sony Reader back in the day and swore that tablets wouldn’t replace it–but then I got an iPad through my first college and suddenly had more convenient access to books and class uploads and fanfic. Now my beloved reader is sitting in a box collecting dust. But more than half of my tablet and phone time is reading now, across a variety of apps.

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20 Studying and Education Apps for Students

September 21, 2015

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Sure, getting organized and in shape is great, you say. But what about the real  apps for students? What about studying and writing papers?

I’ve got that covered. Here are apps that help you with everything from citations and paper-writing to learning foreign languages and learning how to use Photoshop. Here are apps that students actually use.

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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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