Briana Whalin, 19, a freshman at the University of Florida studies for her college algebra exam during finals week.
It’s a scenario that college students know all too well. Often the cause of all-nighters in the library and too many espressos consumed, procrastination can plague even the most vigilant student.
You trudge to the library — books and laptop in tow, snacks and drinks aplenty — and settle in for a marathon study session before finals. Suddenly, it’s 2 a.m. and not a single textbook has been cracked. Instead, you find yourself laughing at YouTube videos, planning a non-existent wedding on Pinterest and messaging the cute boy in your biology class on Facebook.
You resort to the comfort of your bed, promising yourself that next semester you won’t fall victim to the ultimate GPA killer: procrastination.
Instead, these five applications and programs can stop procrastination in its tracks, help you study for those finals and finish those research papers.
Self-Control is a free online download that allows users to block any website that they choose to “blacklist” for a certain period of time. It’s like a modern-day parental control for college students who just can’t resist the pull of Facebook or Twitter. The sites will be blocked until the timer runs out and restarting the computer or deleting the app within the time limit won’t undo the application. While Self-Control is only available for Macs, there are also similar alternatives for PC users.
Isolator helps you concentrate. It’s meant to rein in even the most ambitious multi-tasker. Isolator can be customized to cover a computer desktop and all other programs, icons and applications other than the task at hand for a specified period of time, forcing you to finish that term paper that’s been open in Microsoft Word for the past hour rather than watching Gangnam Style for the 500th time.
Not only does staying up all night leave students exhausted, but looking at a computer screen in the dark for long periods of time can lead to serious eye strain. In addition, it’s tempting to take a break to rest your eyes while studying at night. However, that usually leads to frantic mornings when students realized they fell asleep at their desk and never finished studying. F.lux is the solution late-night studiers have been looking for. The application makes computer screens mimic the sunlight, depending on the student’s location and time of day, minimizing bright, glaring screens at night and sore eyes and stress the next morning.
Save stress due to missing essays or class presentations with Dropbox, which allows students to bring documents, pictures, videos and presentations anywhere and on any device. Created by two MIT students who were tired of risking lost documents through email to work on multiple computers, Dropbox saves time and effort, and it allows for collaboration on group projects. Best of all, it’s free and can be used both on Macs and PCs.
Nothing sets the pace for intense, crunch-time studying like the perfect playlist. Pandora allows students to create a radio station with minimal commercials based on their favorite song, artists or genre. For students who need white noise to concentrate, Pandora is the perfect way to increase productivity and stay entertained while doing so.
While it all comes down to the motivation and discipline of the student, these programs can lead to the first step: an opened textbook. Who knows, maybe a few hours later you’ll find you do understand American history after all.
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