The Most Useful Android Apps EVER!

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I use an android phone and one of the things that I do in my free time is to try out random apps! I’ve selected the ones that I am currently using and loving them! sooo here they are:

1- Memorado

Memorado is an app with a lot of brain exercises that help you improve your memory, etc. It has great graphics, a lot of different levels, and the best feature can be the fact that it shows you your results and improvements in graphs and specific statistics. Also you can personalize the games according to your desired achievements.

2-Duolingo

I used to use Duolingo’s website to learn Spanish and it really was helpful. I was happy to find out that the app is as good as the website. I have tried many language-learning websites and I have to say Duolingo is the best. Without devoting a lot of time you can easily learn a new language. The best features are the fact that it provides listening tasks, and also the fact that after a while it makes you go back and redo the old tasks so that you don’t forget anything.

3-CamScanner

With this app you can take a photo of a document and turn it into a PDF file. It has the ability to differ text from images, it has a high scan quality, and it provides editing options. I have to tell you, this kind of app comes really handy in school time. You know.. you miss a class, you need the notes.

4-Coursera

Coursera is a website providing free online courses in any field. I believe their app is much more easier to use than their website. The courses are available in more than 25 subject areas and 12 languages. It is the best way to fill your free time. I personally use it when I’m waiting a friend, on a bus or just bored; instead of getting bored, I learn something.

5-myHomework

I take a lot of courses in one semester and most of the time I lose track of what I’m supposed to write or study for the next day. I easily forget due dates and everything can get really messy! BUT, this app has its way to keep students organized. You can add your class schedules and homeworks. It is the best student planner for those of you who prefer using technology for planning your days.

6-Monefy

Monefy is a financial app that helps you keep track of your expenses. You can add your budget, make categories for your expenses, and add as you spend. It comes really handy when money is tight and you have to save some money.

7-7 Weeks

7 Weeks is the simplest way to keep track of your goals. It helps you develop a habit and reach your goals. It has a little calendar for each one of your habits that you can mark everyday according to your achievements or failures.

8-TimeTune

This is a digital planner in which you can easily plan your day, set different routines and keep track of your tasks in your busy days. It is a really easy to use and organized app for everyone.

9-Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a todo list which can be customized in any desired way. It has categories and categories under categories 😀  plus it is really easy to use and handy. It is just it!

10-Up

Up is a smart fitness coach that helps you keep track of your diet, your workouts, sleep, etc. It actually helps you stay healthy. It is nice to have an app take care of you when you are busy 🙂

Are there any other apps that you like? Write them in the comments and let me know about them. maybe I’ll like them, too 🙂

How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them

organizer-791939_1280Have you ever wanted something so bad and you tried to achieve it but after a couple of days you lost your motivation or maybe after months of trying and not getting what you wanted, you just gave up.

whether it’s losing weight, getting promoted, good grades at school, or anything else, there is a way that you can actually achieve your goals. You need a plan. and for a plan to work, you need to set your goal. I mean, really set it as you want it. Go grab a piece of paper and write your goal down as you read the post. Your goal should have these characteristics:


1-Specific and Measurable

Your goal should be specific. I’m gonna go with the example of losing weight in this case. Don’t just say that you want to lose weight. Write your goal down and describe it in details. use as many details as you can.

“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to lose 5 kilograms and have a body fat percentage of 23.”


2-Attainable and Realistic

You should motivate yourself to accept this challenge and go for it. Challenging yourself is good; but be realistic about it. If you have a lot of free time so you can go to the gym everyday, and you have the option of eating what you want when you want it, you can say that you want to lose 5 kilograms in one month. But most of the times we do not have as much free time as we want or we have to eat whatever our family is having or eat in the cafeterias. DO NOT compare yourself with other people. If they are more successful than you in their goals, it does not certainly mean that they are more motivated or they are trying more. Maybe their life conditions are making it easier for them; maybe they have help. Just be realistic about your goal; otherwise you may lose your motivation. Use your experiences from the past and always remember that everyday will not be perfect.


3-Time!

Set a time for your goal. It should be realistic. But you have to set a time.

So now, instead of “I want to lose weight.”, you can say:

“I want to lose 5 kilograms and reach the body fat percentage of 23 in 2 and a half month.” You have set this goal according to the fact that you can go to the gym 2-3 times a day and you have to eat half of your meals at the cafeteria; and only the other half can be diet food. You have also considered that you have exams coming up so you will probably eat more chocolate than you should because.. you know… stress eating! and also sugar is brain fuel! 😀

The next thing you have to do is to set checkpoints. In one month you should have lost 2 kilograms. So set a checkpoint and see if you are moving according to your schedule.

The new semester will start in 2 months. I will set new goals. Academic goals, health goals, etc.; and I will share them with you guys ^_^ so follow me

My Study Secrets for Getting Straight A’s

coffee-smartphone-desk-penSince the school season is upon us I decided to share my study secrets with you.

These are the little tricks that could really help me improve my GPA. Now, I’m not gonna tell you about color coding or using post-its or using flash cards; because yes they are effective tips but I’m sure you’ve came across those tips like a thousand times. I want you to know that everyone is different and the tips that I’m giving here may or may not be helping you; but, if you’re anything like me, THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE!


1- Make a to-do list. No matter what!

This may be something that you’ve probably heard like a thousand times; but as I said if you are like me, this tip will completely help you.

Last semester, I was trying to improve my GPA, so I took like 9 lessons! All these subjects had either homeworks, papers, lab reports, etc. that needed to be done every week. so basically, I had a quite busy semester. One of the hardest thing was to remember all of the tasks that I needed to take care of. Without a to-do list, I would remember only like 70% of the tasks; and even if I could remember all my assignments, there was always a little task such as calling a friend, or something like that, that I always forgot to do. I had to hand in an average of 5 assignments each week; and the problem was always that even if I did the assignment, I couldn’t remember if I handed it or not; and going through all my papers and notebooks took me hours and there was always places that I forgot to look. soooo I HARDLY recommend using a to-do list. Now, if you keep a journal or a planner, you can simply use that as your to-do list. some may use post-its. But personally I prefer a Google Chrome extension called Momentum. This extension is sooo handy. It has a little to-do list in the bottom right and cause it opens every time I open a new tab, it’s always there and there is like no chance for me to forget my tasks. Also, it is really easy to use and add new tasks to your list.


2- No Coffee!

I used to drink lots and lots of coffee in order to stay awake and study; but later when I tried to get some sleep before my test or my class, my heart would go crazy and I couldn’t breathe; and after a month or two I realized that I was addicted to caffeine and that I’ve had 3 caffeine overdoses without even being aware of what is happening. I’m not saying quit drinking coffee; I’m just saying that there are other ways to stay awake while studying. You really don’t need caffeine.

What I do now instead of drinking coffee, is that I listen to instrumental music while studying. Music is the natural energy booster. Don’t take it for granted! Just find your favorite music that energizes you and just listen to that for a little bit.

The other method is that whenever I feel sleepy while studying, and I know that I’m supposed to stay awake, I just wash my face with really COLD water, open the window, stay in front of it and take 5 deeeeep breaths; I just wait there until my face is dry and I automatically feel energized.


3- You don’t have to write everything down!

If you are like me and you have to write every single fact while taking notes, these tips will seriously help you:

First of all, you MUST attend your classes because when you don’t, you spend HOURS AND HOURS studying.

Secondly, while studying, read your book any kind of source you have with your notebook CLOSED! This helps you to focus on what you’re reading instead of thinking “mmmm… what color should I use next!”; and whenever you come across a very important and new information, you open your notes and write it down instead of writing a bunch of old information that you already know.


4- Your Desk

It’s better for your desk to face a wall instead of a window or the room. This way you are less distracted. You may think that facing a window is better cause it provides light; but while facing a window, even the slightest change in light can distract you and make you think that “oh… the clouds! is it gonna rain?”. A desk lamp can privode light, too.

Also you need to keep your desk as empty as possible. I’m not saying organized, I’m saying EMPTY. because every single object on your desk is a source of distraction.


5- A Clock 

The only thing you need on your desk is a clock. With a clock in front of you, you can manage your time and feel the time while it’s passing. This helps you to focus and waste less time.


6- Social Media

Silence your phone and put it across the room while studying. If you have to study using your computer, I would say try and log out of all your social media accounts, but it’s time consuming and you will always find a way to procrastinate. So, I suggest an app on Chrome, called Strict Workflow. This app enforces a 25min/5min workflow by blocking the websites you do not need (which you can manage), in that 25 minutes.

This is it. I hope you like my study secrets and this will help you have a better semester. Tell me if you want me to share more about my academic life or not. love you all.