Thirty years ago, no one could have imagined, that with technology, the way we study or conduct research would be changed in such a vast variety of ways. In our day and age, the way we learn is constantly improving. We have made such a huge step forward regarding many forms of learning. One has so many different ways to learn. Traditional learning, for example, is set up with a teacher in a classroom teaching various students what it is they need to learn, seems to be the most preferred method by many students. However, there is also learning online, which is similar, but without a classroom and a teacher present. While the online method may seem more relaxed, it can be a little more difficult than your traditional learning style, simply because you do not have the same tools at hand available to you at home, that you would normally have in a classroom. However, there exists, thanks to today’s technology and various developers, a wide variety of online tools that are available to you. It all comes down to your preference of learning. To help, here are a few learning tools that may be able to help if you decide you want to go down the path of eLearning.
This is a free tool you can download which helps with memorization by using the format of flash cards. Instead of worrying about the hassle of keeping up with all of those flashcards you have lying around, Anki can store up to 100,00+ with no issues whatsoever. This definitely helps by clearing that mess of flashcards you were dreading to go through. Not to mention, if you decide to use Anki, it can save you time and money, and if you’re a college student struggling with finances, anything that can save you money can be a big help.
With over 128,000 users, Cold Turkey is a creative tool that provides you with fewer distractions and more free time. It allows you to set the sites you find distracting on a timer that doesn’t allow you access until the specified time is up, allowing you more focus for the work you need done. If you do not like restrictions, this might not be the tool for you, however, if you are a person prone to procrastination, it is definitely something to consider. It is also a free service and is available to anyone with a computer.
This very simple site gives you a timer, resembling a cooking timer, which allows you to keep up with your work via your web browser. It can be used by anyone and it is completely free. It will also keep a record of the timers you have set to show your history.
Although this tool isn’t necessarily free, it is a very productive and persistent website which provides assistance in your writing endeavors. Not only that, but you can receive help from editors and writers who have the experience necessary to help you along the way.
If you are looking for a helpful task manager or to make a set of special to do lists, Todoist is the tool you want. Not only is it available across a wide variety of platforms, such as computers, phones, and tablets, but it is ideal for sharing ideas or projects with your colleagues or friends. It also has a distraction free design, allowing focus on your tasks.
If you are a math student or just simply in need of some graphs for certain forms of art, Desmos is the perfect tool to use. If you find that you cannot locate your Texas Instrument calculator that has come in handy all these years, Desmos possesses many different options, such as tables of data, equations, and almost any of your mathematical needs. Desmos is also completely free to use and has an easy design. Teachers also love this app as they can use it for many different assignments. All you need is a computer and an internet connection, and you will be good to go. If you happen to not have a PC, Desmos is also available for phones or tablets in the App Store and Google Play.
If you are in the pursuit of research and don’t want to use a simple search engine such as Google, there is Instagrok. This is a search engine that helps you research almost any topic that you can think of. Instagrok possesses an interactive concept map that you can customize and even share with others, allowing for a smooth form of research. Just like Desmos and most helpful online tools, Instagrok is available for download on any phone or tablet with access to the App Store or Google Play.
This is a mind mapping tool which is perfect for all sorts of collaborating one can think of. If you have a presentation that needs to be displayed online, this is a site that allows you to share it with others such as a professor or other students. This program has come across many popular forms of mainstream media as being one of the best forms for presenting and collaborating.
Many people think conference calls are reserved to business groups and popular business leaders, however there are many types of conferences being held, whether it be with students or other job professions. Speek allows for easy video calling and conference calls, providing a clear and clean experience for anyone.
For presentations, this program is possibly one of the best. Although it is not free, the pricing is not high. The lowest fee you pay is around $4.92 per month accompanied with a 14 day free trial to start out, just to see if it suits you. Chances are it definitely will. Prezi offers the best of what you need when it comes to making a presentation look presentable and, most importantly, professional.
With this toolkit at hand, you’re good to start your elearning journey! Good luck on your new adventure!
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