I'm taking a brief break from studying to write. I've been studying really effectively recently, I'd say I only "waste" 3-5 hours a day (1 day = 12hrs). I am so incredibly thankful I get access to amazing technology throughout my education. I've heard of schools that prohibit or restrict technology, and to that I ask pressingly: How the fuck?
I am 100% paperless. I have 5 sheets of emergency paper and I never use them. I write all my notes, tests and assignments using some sort of device. All my school's media and study material is available online - no textbooks or paper hand outs. Here is a list of my wonderful devices:
MacBook Pro (13") for writing assignments, sometimes notes, and accessing school's website/handing things in.
iPad Pro (12.9") + Apple Pencil for writing notes using the app notability, and also accessing school website
iPhone XS for setting reminders, using study time tracker apps (like flora) and misc activities
Now the apps I use for school:
- Quizlet: awesome for memorizing terms and diagrams
- Khan Academy: Don't use all that much but watching the videos is a good way to remain productive while eating
- Google Calendar: I keep ALL my shit on here, my due dates, test dates, any other dates, tasks, reminders, marks and anything else about my life that I need to organize
- Flora: a nice study app that keeps me motivated
- Notability: Where I hand write all my notes and tests
- Pages: Where I write my assignments and typed notes
And there's some other ones like google drive, photos, chrome, outlook etc. but those are pretty basic.
I can't imagine how some school don't use tech. You literally can't learn at my school if you don't have a phone, and if you don't have a laptop you have to sign one out from the community laptops in the LC (LC = basically a library but computers replace the books). Also, all the incoming grade 9's get iPads that they can have and take anywhere for the whole year (my year didn't get this, I bought my own iPad) I believe the way my school works is a better future for education, because it's good for the environment and effective for students.