Your back to school tech survival guide

Heading back to school means juggling lectures, assignments, group projects and your part-time job. It may sound overwhelming, but it’s all manageable with the right tools and an organized schedule. The right gadgets can help you finish your projects faster, better collaborate with group members and keep you on deadline. If you’re classroom-bound this fall, we’ve come up with five ways to help you get the most out of your gadgets this school year:

  1. Set up a connected study space at home with a fast and far-reaching Wi-Fi connection and schedule time to review notes and complete assignments free from distractions. If you’re sharing home internet with roommates, it might be best to get an unlimited internet package so you can download course materials, upload assignments and stream lectures from home without ever worrying about going over your data limit.
  1. To stay organized and on time, load your class schedule and your assignment deadlines into a calendar application on your smartphone. Many of these apps, such as Jorte (Android, free), include task lists, reminders and colour coding to distinguish between classes and assignments.
  1. Take good notes and keep them organized. Type them on a laptop or tablet or use a digital pen to capture both handwritten and digital copies of your notes — like with the Samsung Note 8.0 LTE tablet‘s S Pen. Capture an audio or video recording of the lecture with your smartphone or tablet and review it later to catch anything you might have missed.
  1. Instead of making flashcards all night, try some of the great applications that turn your digital study materials into a quiz to help you prepare for exams. We like Evernote Peek (iPad, free). You can even study with your Moto X by using its Touchless Controls to quiz you on test questions by asking the device questions, such as “OK Google Now, what year did Newfoundland join Confederation?”
  1. Stay away from campus junk food, energy drinks and all-night study sessions. Eight hours of sleep and a good diet will keep your mind focused – and the “freshman 15” at bay. Gadgets like the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband track how many steps you take, the number of calories you burn and your sleep quality to help you stay healthy and avoid burning out.

What are your back to school survival tips?

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