I’m a self-confessed digital geek 🤓 and have far too many apps (explains why I have a 128GB iPhone), Google Chrome extensions and around 60 bookmarks, but they allow me to be more efficient when it comes to research, revision and general living. Here are a few of my favourite tools that you may find useful:
If you have any good online apps, why not share them in the comments below!
Grammarly is a free English language spelling and grammar checker where you receive real-time detailed explanations on your spelling and grammar mistakes on the internet. You also can opt-in to receive weekly progress report emails, that provide you with metrics such as: productivity, accuracy and the range of vocabulary you use, compared to other Grammarly users. The tool has most definitely given me more confidence in my writing, especially when writing formal emails to employers during my placement search. (Placement? Tell me more!)
Available on: Chrome, Safari, Firefox.
Weava is a fantastic tool I have recently come across, which I highly recommend all final year students to use. It’s essentially a digital highlighting tool, where you can highlight sentences (handy with research and academic journals) and add comments to enhance your understanding and organise your research in a way that works for you, whether that be by module, topic or even parts of your essay. They even make your research experience less stressful by being able to generate citations from your highlights!
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Exclusive discount for students at Aston University: Get your first month free using their Premium Plan. Use code ASTON-U when you sign up here.
That moment when you get to the checkout page and start crawling all over Google like a rash to find the best possible deal… Well, Pouch does that just for you. As seen on BBC’s Dragons Den (they won backing from all 5 investors), the browser extension automatically finds the best possible deals (coupons, voucher & discount codes) online that actually work. This tool is going to save you both time and money and displays codes for sites we buy too much from: Tesco, Amazon and ASOS.
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This app has helped through some extremely stressful periods (exam season!!). Headspace is a personal meditation guide, where Andy (a mindfulness expert) provides you with small bite-sized meditation sessions and SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns. I cannot stress (because I meditate… ha 😂) to you how beneficial mindfulness is, in terms of reducing stress and perceived stress, anxiety and become more focused on what you do. We all know how tricky it is in today’s world to achieve inner calm and peace. Plus, if you have a Spotify Student subscription, you can get the full-whack for free 🏆.
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Acasa (formerly Splittable) is an online bill splitter, ideal for those living in houses. They will even find you the best possible quote for your utility needs which you can then manage in the mobile app. Inside the app, you are able to pay directly to your providers and visually view who has paid.
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Brighten up your internet experience by installing Momentum. Every time you open a new tab, you are welcomed by a personalised greeting, the time and a beautiful landscape picture. If you suffer from wanderlust, then please download with precaution.
The university has its own app that you can download on your mobiles for both Android and iPhone. Once you hook it up with your MAP, you will be able to view your timetable, book appointments with your tutor/ lecturer, find out how many printing credits you have and get notified about anything important going on.
You can download the myAston app here.
Evernote allows you to take notes pretty much any way you want to. With the simple interface and handy search tool, you can find notes at ease. It’s a slicker version of Microsoft Word but with added features such as making checklists, recording audio/ video, and even write notes by hand onto the screen! You can sync the notes across your devices and you have the ability to share notes with friends.