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[Robert Wheatley | Lifestyle Editor]
When it comes to exams, being unorganised and distracted is going to stress you out even more on top of all your revision. That’s why we’ve put together some tried and tested smartphone apps that aim to aid your productivity. From apps that stop you getting distracted by your phone, to apps that will help you organise your time. We’ve picked the best of the best so that you don’t have to trawl through the app store yourself!
Our first app is Forest by forestapp.cc. It claims to be a “self-motivated and interesting method to help you beat phone addiction” and for students with a phone addiction, it’s probably going to be super useful.
The app works by allowing the user to ‘plant’ a virtual tree, which they must maintain by not using apps like Facebook, Youtube or their phone’s messaging app. Opening them will wither the plant, and then you’ll have to replant a tree. Do this too many times, and your forest will be very dead, and you’ll be the laughing stock of all other forest-owners.
Users can lock their phone and leave the app, but anything else will cause the plant to wither. It’s quite a clever concept, and the way it compels me to work hard to keep the tree alive is interesting; is it because I don’t want to lose? Is it because I care for this little sproutling? Or is it simply because you’re not supposed to make the tree die? Either way, I found myself wanting to use social media and then remembering I couldn’t because virtual mother nature would punish me for my sins.
However, it will only work for apps on the phone. Naturally, going onto YouTube and watching a video on your computer isn’t going to be picked up by the phone. But this isn’t a flaw; it’s a phone app, so it’s only really going to be able to impact your phone, although a version that perhaps that works on the computer as an app would be far more efficient.
Overall, it’s very simple to use, pleasant to look at, and hardly affects the performance or battery of your phone at all. I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re particularly distracted by your phone during revision, but not if you hate trees.
White Noise Free
This app isn’t just white noise among relaxation apps (ba-dum-tss). The app provides a multitude of high-quality looped sounds from nature and beyond, offering different types of noise; white noise, brown noise, etc.
You also have the ability to record your own sounds, download more soundtracks, and combine the soundtracks so that you can listen to the Amazon Jungle with a thunderstorm overlaid, or beach waves crashing with a campfire. The results are excellent, with lovely sound quality and a seamless looping. Listening to the Amazon Jungle was great because I felt like I was there, and not sitting in the LRC hyped up on coffee.
It works as an alarm or timer too, and when combined, lets you fall asleep to these sounds for a specific amount of time, and then wakes you up in the morning with a standard alarm beeping. It’s honestly a decent free app, and with some excellent audio quality and customisation, and if you’re struggling to concentrate and like some soft background noise, it comes highly recommended.
If you want to get going with your revision, it’s good to have a plan. That’s where apps like TimeTune can help. TimeTune helps you create a routine to ensure you’re following through on things you need to get done. Just to note, however, this app is not available on the iTunes store.