App Spotlight

Studying with Apps

There are many benefits of using online tools to manage study habits. One major advantage is accessibility. Students can have their study materials and schedule with them at all times so that they can use their free time wisely anywhere they go. Studying works well in short, focused bursts over an extended period of time, so having everything at the touch of a button can really maximize the quality and quantity of study time. Another plus of using technology is the advanced features that it can provide to help students visually track their progress and maintain a collection of tasks or study tools.

There are thousands of apps and websites out there to help students manage their study habits. Some are primarily geared toward task management, while others are designed more for assessing knowledge of the content.

When considering a technological trend for studying, pay attention to these important criteria:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Adaptability
  3. Multiple Review Modes
  4. Centralized location

Kid Tested, TO Approved Apps

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A crucial part of doing well in school is knowing what assignments you need to complete on a daily basis, as well as whether you have any tests or projects coming up. However, since teachers can post information in multiple places — the whiteboard in a classroom, an online portal, in emails — it can sometimes be difficult to remember what exactly you have to work on. There are many apps out there that can help you recall the tasks you need to complete, but right now Thinking Organized is really loving Momentum.

Momentum is actually a Chrome extension, and it pops up when you turn on your computer. You can customize it in several ways, but we recommend using the daily focus and to-do list features. The daily focus helps you prioritize what you want to work on; perhaps it’s studying for a big Chemistry test, making an outline for an essay, or emailing a teacher. This top priority will show up on your homepage, kindly prompting you to accomplish this task. For the to-do list, add in your daily assignments so that you have a clear idea of what you need to complete. You can also add in due dates for each task to help you better manage your time.

In a nutshell, Momentum can help you:

  • Organize and prioritize your daily and long-term tasks
  • Track your progress on academic assignments
  • Learn to identify the tasks that need to be attended to first
  • Budget your time as you estimate how long your daily tasks should take to complete

Have you given Momentum a try yet? If so, let us know!

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Our Picks: Three Summer Learning Apps/Games for T(w)eens

Let’s face it—teens love their screen time. But, it doesn’t need to be wasted on Netflix or Fortnite. Check out our top three summer picks for games and apps that will keep your teen interested (while building executive function skills at the same time!).

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Smartwatch 101

By Jennifer Sax

If you are not up-to-date on the latest “smart” technology, a smartwatch is essentially a mini smartphone for your wrist. They are made by a variety of manufacturers and function as a companion to your smartphone. In addition to answering phone calls, reading text messages, tracking steps, and controlling music, there are many features that may help you with your organization, memory, and time management skills. Smartwatches are an excellent tool for individuals with executive dysfunction, so we’ve highlighted a few features that are sure to help strengthen these vitals skills.

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Three Websites for Improving Productivity

Many of the students who work with Thinking Organized struggle to maintain attention to a task. Often times they zone out without realizing it, or they’re uninterested in the material and cannot absorb it. As a result, homework and tasks are incomplete, and the students (and their family) are left in a whirlwind of panic. So how can these students avoid this panic and better concentrate on a task? By checking out the great websites below!

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Summer has arrived, so this month we will be focusing on an educational app that is also tons of fun. If you have never heard of the app Hopscotch, get your iPhone or iPad ready to hit the download button.

While a price tag of $9.99 may seem expensive for purchasing an app, the endless possibilities and educational value offered by this one make it worth it. It won the “Parents’ Choice Gold Award” in addition to the “Children’s Technology Review: Best Educational Technology” distinction and has been featured in many well-known publications (The New York Times, Parents Magazine), so you can rest assured that both parents and kids love this app!

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Tomato Timer: The Tomato Technique for Time Management

Many students (and adults!) struggle with time management and sometimes it can feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to cross everything off of the to-do list. Part of the reason time management can be so tricky is because time is a difficult concept to grasp and it is very open ended. When students get home from school, they leave behind the rigid schedule of the school day and suddenly have hours to fill on their own. It can be very easy to get swept up in gaming, social media, or hanging out with friends after a long day of classes and extracurricular activities.

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Has the sentence, “I barely slept at all last night” become commonplace when talking with your students or children who have ADHD? It is not unusual to hear this coming from many of the students I work with here at Thinking Organized. Fortunately, there are many apps available to help students fall asleep, track their sleep, and wake up. One app, SleepBot, helps do all three!

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When choosing among thousands of time management productivity apps in the app store, try looking for these two important criteria:

  1. Organization Made Easy
  2. Versatility

The basic version of Evernote can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and is available for your phone, tablet and computer.

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When choosing among thousands of time management productivity apps in the app store, try looking for these two important criteria:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Time tracking visual display

30/30 can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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StudyBlue can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store or Android Google Play. You can upgrade to StudyBlue Pro with no ads and advanced study features for $4.00 per month. Both the free and pro versions can make a huge difference in your child’s study habits, and we would recommend sticking with the free version since it’s got all of the useful features for no cost.

For the disorganized student, the StudyBlue app can help initiate and focus the studying process toward mastery of the content while keeping materials organized and available.