Apps Guide.

Here are some apps which we think may be useful to you during your studies. They are divided into categories, for example apps you can use to organise yourself. These are not necessarily the best apps, just ones that we have found helpful.


Notetaking.

Type notes straight into OneNote on your phone, your tablet or your PC or Mac. Use it in seminars, lectures, the library or just to keep reminders. Colour code your notes into notebooks. Add tabs to Notebooks to file your notes. Everything is saved in the cloud so you can access notes from any of your devices. Make notes off line and they are uploaded automatically next time you are connected.

Type notes straight into EverNote on your phone, your tablet or your PC or Mac. Use it in seminars, lectures, the library or just to keep reminders. Your notes are saved in the cloud so you can access them from any of your devices. Make notes off line and they are uploaded automatically next time you are connected.

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on using Evernote as a research management tool.


Organising.

Trello is great for managing individual and collaborative projects. Add tasks you need to complete to finish a project, and set yourself deadlines. Trello will remind you when the deadline for each task is approaching. Create checklists and group tasks by theme to see at a glance what needs doing. Move these tasks across your Trello board as you complete them. Collaborative Trello projects will notify everyone in the group what tasks they have been assigned, and allows everyone to comment on their progress.

There are lots of ways you can use Trello and it is all stored in the cloud so wherever you are updating your lists you are always working on the latest version.

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on using Trello.


STEM apps.

This calculator can be customised for every level of vision, and the user interface will adjust depending on the size of the screen on the device you are using.    It will read answers, entered numbers and formulas aloud.  Users may record new voices so this sounds more natural.  It has large colourful buttons and optional high contrast.   It is accessible to Voice Over users; as you move your finger over the screen the names of the buttons are read aloud.   It supports entry and display of Braille on supported Bluetooth devices.

Suitable for trigonometric, hyperbolic, logarithmic, permutations, combinations, factorial, powers, roots, percent and bit-wise operations, conversion between hexadecimal and decimal, random numbers.  Full support for fractions (simple and mixed), conversion to and from decimal, fraction reduction, and use of fractions with all operators.

Perform mathematical operations naturally by using your finger or a stylus to write numbers and symbols directly onto the screen.  The app converts it into digital text and calculates the result.  You can use scratch-out gestures to easily delete symbols and numbers, copy and paste and export results to other apps.  Please note: The app does not retain a history, so once you have cleared the equation it is lost.  The only letter it accepts is “x” so can have trouble with some algebraic equations.

Perform complex mathematical operations naturally by using your finger or a stylus to write numbers and symbols directly onto the screen.  The app converts it into digital text and calculates the result.  The result can be shared as an image or as a LaTeX or MathML string for integration in your documents or share to other external computation software like WolframAlpha.  Converting the result to LaTeX or MathML requires an in-app purchase.


Referencing.

Generate citations by scanning book or journal barcodes using your phone’s camera.  If there is no barcode, you can search by Book/Article Title, ISBN, ISSN, DOI or URL.  You may also cite websites by copying and pasting the URL, or use RefMe.com which will sync with the RefMe app.

Format your citations using the 7000 styles available, including APA, MLA, Chicago and Harvard and create your bibliography.

Other features include: adding notes to references, sharing references with others, exporting your references, installing the app to Chrome and Word.


Wellbeing.

  • Emoodji iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.2 and up, FREE.

This app has been developed by the mental health charity Mind.  Student life is filled with challenges that vary from person to person: transitioning away from the support networks of home; coping with academic pressures; and managing the social expectations that come at university. Emoodji hopes to help students manage their mental health and wellbeing through these challenges.

Emoodji encourages students to notice their mood; what affects it and why. It also facilitates users sharing how they’re feeling with others and friends to support each other through difficult periods. Emoodji’s tips and information are filled with ways to improve a student’s wellbeing and suggestions for coping with difficult events, such as techniques for coping with stress.

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