Five websites that all students should be taking advantage of

June 14, 2017
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It’s time that you know the big secrets of a uni student’s success – i.e. finding easier ways to do simple tasks so you only have to do the bare minimum. These are five websites and apps that uni students can’t live without and trust me, they will make your life so much easier. And no, I’m not talking about the Maccas app (although that is pretty good so you should probably download that too).

SelfControl

SelfControl is a free Mac app and website that allows you to avoid getting distracted when you’re online. You can put a block on your own social media or another website you deem distracting and set a time period. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites, even If you restart the computer or delete the application.

It might sound pretty scary, but think about it. How many times in the day are we constantly checking Facebook or accidentally binge watching a whole season on Netflix when we’re supposed to be studying? If you lack the self-control to restrain yourself from the call of memes, then it might be time for drastic measures.

UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS is pretty much a website where you can get coupons, discounts and free shit because you’re a student. It’s all about buying the things you love without going shit broke. This can be tech stuff, outfits, food or student essentials. Have a look on their website and they’ll have it all. It’s free to join and you can save a lot a month (Especially if you’re addicted to spending your paycheck on food like me). Get on it!

Mint

Want to find out how much money is going to those early morning coffees? Mint allows you to track your spending and gives you the breakdown of how much money you’re spending and how you can control it. You can easily create budgets and they will offer suggestions based on your transactions.

This site is perfect for students who need to save for a trip and need a little help. You can also track and pay your bills and get notifications when a payment is due and make transfers on the spot.

Quizlet

Quizlet is an online learning tool that allows you to create flashcards, study guides, games and tests to help you learn in the most effective way. And the best part is it’s FREE! You create a study set, tell the website your deadline for learning the material and Quizlet will make an adaptive plan to chart your process, help you stay motivated and keep you on track with helpful study reminders.

This website is perfect for students who lack the motivation (pretty sure that’s all of us lol) and need a little extra nudge here and there.

Slack

Ever been in a group assignment and you’re the only one doing any work? Of course you have. Slack is a website where you can collab with the members of your group and actually get shit done. You can organise a channel for your group project where everyone has a transparent view of what’s going on.

You can brainstorm and pitch ideas in an organised and creative way. You can send direct messages, group call each other, drag and drop files and it’s just way simpler to have everything you need in one place. Of course, you actually have to get the slackers to sign up first. Good luck with that!

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon. 

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