Apps, Tips, & Tricks

For Learning in a Digital Environment

With the move to online learning, many students— and teachers— are looking for tools and advice for digital learning. This is Part 1 of the Apps, Tips, & Tricks series, which hopes to provide you solutions.

If you have any specific queries, or have found helpful apps you’d like to share, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Scan to PDF Applications: 

Several teachers are requiring students to digitally submit homework or worksheets, and prefer a pdf file to a jpg, or the default iPhone photo/file type, HEIF.

Manually converting these files can be a pain, but these two apps simplify the process. Simply open the app, scan your work, and it will automatically convert your document into a pdf.

Evernote Scannable

  • Free
  • Part of the Evernote Suite
  • Auto-Scan Feature

Scanbot – Scanner App

  •  Free
  • Easier to access past files
  • Auto-Scan Feature

Time Management:

Time Management is the key to independent study.
Much like in college, a significantly greater portion of our time is now spent working outside of class. Although there are no hard and fast rules, there are some basic guidelines you can follow to make the most of your time.

1. Get Yourself a Planner
Whether digital or physical, having one, collective place to write down assignments is important.
It allows you to see an overview of your day, week, etc. and plan ahead. Crossing things off a Homework To Do List is also much more satisfying than glancing at the Schoology Calendar.
(More on Planners in Part 2 of Apps, Tips, & Tricks)

2. Break Down Long-Term Goals
To stay on top of bigger projects (research papers, English essays, presentations, etc.) the best approach is to break the project down into smaller tasks. Make a list, then pull up a calendar and see how many days you have to complete the project. Try to evenly spread out the tasks, and create your own mini due dates.
( Tip: Put these in your planner!)

3. Block out your Day
Being able to estimate how long an assignment or project will take you is a valuable skill. Try timing how long it takes to complete something, write it down, and block in time to complete a similar assignment. This will give you a better idea of your own efficiency, and allow you to schedule out your day.
(Scheduling a specific task or assignment for Study Hall or Activities also makes you more likely to complete the task— rather than mess around.)