In today’s technology filled world, there are three million and one distractions to keep students from the task at hand. Netflix anyone? For most students, creating a distraction-free environment to study is a challenge but imperative. They can’t make the dean’s list with one eye on Snapchat, that’s for sure!
Rest assured, your student can get more done, but it’s not always easy to get there. Thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are a plenty of tools out there that can help make their study time more effective.
Here are 3 of our favorite productivity tools to help limit distractions and stay focused.
#1: Rescue Time
Let’s get the distractions out of the way first because even while technology brings us so many great productivity tools, it also brings us tremendous distractions. RescueTime helps students track their time on their computer and mobile devices and identifies where they’re spending (ahem, often wasting) a lot of time.
Alert them when they’re spending a certain amount of time on an activity
Allow them to block distracting websites during focus time
Keep track of accomplishments throughout the day
Identify how much time is spent on a variety of activities, including email, etc.
A Lite account is available, which is completely free and a premium service is offered for added features.
The Focus Booster app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which is a long-standing productivity technique that uses a timer for focused work periods, usually 25 minutes, followed by a break of 3-5 minutes. After students complete 4 work periods, they get a break of 15-30 minutes. The idea is to stay completely focused on the task during the work period.
There are a lot of apps that can help execute the Pomodoro Technique, but check out Focus Booster. The app is free for up to 20 sessions per month or pay a yearly fee for unlimited sessions and extra features.
The app offers a time sheet and produces a report that allows students to track their productivity and identify ways to become even more productive.
#3: Focus @ Will
Focus@Will uses human neuroscience and music to help students focus, limit distractions, get productive and retain more information. All they need to do is answer a few questions and the software will determine the right music to put their brain in a flow state that makes them super productive.
There is a free 2 week trial, so they can see if it works for them.
These tools aren’t just for students, they’re for anyone looking to be more productive throughout their day! Try them and let us know what you think. And hey, if you’ve got a productivity tool you love, can you post it in the comments below?