International students of our partner institutions in Ireland – Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University – can benefit from practical apps that will aid them in their studies, help them communicate effectively and equip them to better adjust to their new home country.
A good number of apps are available to help them in this direction. They can easily capture classroom lectures, revise flashcards, maps or charts, prepare for exams, plan and organise timetables and activities, arrange a bibliography of academic references, call or chat with classmates and lecturers through video or text messages, secure safe living conditions, set wake up reminders and other life hacks like drinking responsibly, engaging in fun fitness activities and eating a healthy, balanced meal.
For help with studies
Study apps that can help them capture classroom lectures, revise flashcards, maps or charts and prepare for exams will be their best friend.
Lecture capture apps allow students to record and listen back to classes without having to spend extra money on expensive recording equipment. This is certainly a welcome alternative to frantically scribbling on notepads while listening to the lecturer and risk the chance of missing out on important details. Students are better able to focus on the subject matter being discussed and play back the lecture in its entirely.
Capturing lectures is now made simpler, faster and cheaper by technology. These apps include SoundNote, Lecture Capture, Office Lens, Notes Plus and Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder for iOS devices.
Revision apps are interconnected learning platforms that allow students to have fun while learning and testing their knowledge, using their course material. Revision apps include StudyBlue, GoConqr and Synap.
StudyBlue uses a student’s course information to create a selection of card sets for related revision. GoConqr, on the other hand, offers resources to create revision charts, mind maps, flash cards, notes and quizzes, as well as the ability to connect and collaborate with friends, classmates or students from around the world. Synap is a revision app that allows students to create their own multiple test questions.
Exam preparation apps incle BenchPrep and Exam Countdown. BenchPrep uses social networking-style functionality which allows users to connect with other test-takers and browse through revision materials with quizzes, notes and more. Students can also track their learning progress using this app. Exam Countdown, meanwhile, keeps track of the days up to the exam schedule.
Other helpful apps that students can look up and download include the following: Oxford English Dictionary, Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus, Dropbox for Mobile, Penultimate, EverNote, Skout and Socrative.
For effective planning and communication
Student planner apps like Timetable, My Class Schedule or Class Timetable are very handy especially in tracking timelines and alerting students of the activities or reminders that they have set.
Bibliography helper apps like EasyBib creates an academic reference for any book from the scanned barcode. It is an extremely useful app for students.
Video conferencing and messaging apps are very useful when students need to connect with their classmates and lecturers especially on areas that need clarification. International students can also maximise their data allowance by using Skype, FaceTime, Fring and Tango to chat with relatives from their home country.
For student safety
Dublin is renowned as a very safe city, especially for international students. But common sense is always useful! Staying connected with friends or classmates especially at night can help to stay safe. Useful apps include Circle of 6, bSafe, Bugle and React Mobile.
Circle of 6 app makes it quick and easy to reach 6 people during an emergency and has become a mobile way for international students to look out for each other.
All our international students can thus stay safe and maintain a good and balanced life while away from their home country.
In a nutshell, students should familiarise themselves with study apps that can help them learn better and faster. They also need to be tech-savvy to prepare for the technologically-driven global job market, and a complete understanding of how these apps work will come in handy even after graduation.