Ace Your Online Courses with These 10 Killer Resources

Posted by Joann Doan on Feb 29, 2016 2:28:59 PM


"What is more precious than gold but cannot be bought, earned, or saved?"

Answer.... Time.

What's possibly more important than time? Time management.

It's true. Time management is one of the universal keys to success. I see you... you're rolling my eyes at me. I know! I know! You hear it all the time, but it's TRUE!     

Because really - how are you supposed to get anything done (and ace your online courses) if you don't manage your time? 

In the moment, you might think - "Oh, it's alright", but when you look back at the end of the semester with your 89.98% and have to settle for a "B" ... you're going to regret not finishing that one assignment! (Which may have actually happened to me before)   

And no, you can't blame your professor for not rounding up!    

But you don't have to go it alone. Managing your own time can be difficult.  So, I want to share with you some of my FAVORITE ONLINE RESOURCES and apps that can help you manage your time and help you focus on finishing those assignments.

And as a bonus – ALL these apps are FREE (with the exception of the Pro or premium versions of the apps)

Top 10 Time Management Apps   

1.) SelfControl


Am I the only one that has Facebook open while doing my homework?   


Good to know! This app is helpful for people like us.   

With SelfControl you block any distracting websites – FacebookTumblr, YouTube, etc. – for however long you set it too (1 hour? Maybe 2?).   

Once you click "start" those websites will be blacklisted and you cannot access them until the time is up!   

This app is for Macs Only.    



2.) Cold Turkey   Cold-Turkey-App

Don't you worry PC users, I have something for you too.   

With Cold Turkey, you can block distracting websites while you work. It is the same concept as SelfControl - set the time and websites that you want to block for however long you'd like.  

A unique function is that it has the option to "group" certain websites in to certain groups so you can easily choose what groups to block instead of having to input it in one by one. 

This app is for PCs only.    



3.) Smart Break   


I don't know about you, but I have trouble managing my breaks.    

I either go too long without a break or take too many breaks.    

Smart break analyzes the amount of work that you do and automatically locks your screen to force you to take a break. It then analyzes your inactivity level and then unlocks the screen for you to start your work again.    

It's a great way for you to manage the time you spent on your work and breaks. Now you can get your assignments done AND make sure you are getting that well deserved break   



4.) Tomato Timer    


Tomato Timer? Sounds weird right?

The concept is actually quite popular and is modeled after the  Pomodoro technique 

It's the perfect tool for those who can't sit in one place for long hours!  

The timer runs in 25 minute intervals. Within those 25 minutes you do your assignments and after those 25 minutes are up your 5 minute break starts (the max you can set your break is 10 minute). When your break is over the cycle repeats again until you are done with your assignments!   

This app is available for both Macs and PCs.    


5.) RescueTime Lite   


Do you ever feel like there's not enough hours in a day?    

We wake up at early in the morning for class and sleep late because of our studies, BUT what about in between?!?   

You might not realize it, but you may be spending a lot more time on social media then you realize   

RescueTime reports to you what applications and websites you've spent time on so you can better manage our time. When you see how shocking those reports are (I had to deactivate my Facebook for a couple months, because my results were THAT compelling) you can set goals to spend less time on those websites.    

BOOM! Now there's no need for you to feel like there's not enough time 

This app is available for Android, iOS, PC, and Windows.     


6.) Any Do   


I personally LOVE this app! Any Do helps me get a visual idea of how my day is going to be laid out and what tasks I need to get done for the rest of the day.    

You can set reminders, manage your schedule, and create to-do lists.    

Make sure you get things done and that you have set out enough time to complete them.    

This app can be especially helpful for those students taking online courses. It's easy to forget that online learning is as important as traditional classes since you do not have to attend a physical class. This App can help you schedule and make time for your online courses. 

Another thing that I like about this app is that you can sync it to your phone and to your computer.    

This app is available for iOS and Android.      



7.) Finish   


Do you have trouble managing your tasks by it's deadline?    

Studying last minute for an exam is the worst thing you can do to your grades.  

I've never done it before, but for all of you guys pulling all nighters to study for exams... I don't know how you do it!    

Finish is especially great for all you procrastinators out there.  

You set you exam date into the app and Finish will send you plush notifications to remind you to study. The notifications will send out according to level of importance and it will keep reminding you and reminding you until you start studying.   

Yay!! Now you can finally get a decent nights sleep and you don't have to pull all nighters to study any more!  

This app is for iOS only.    


8.) iStudiez LiteiStudiez-App

We have so much to balance as students – work, class, extracurricular activities, friends, family, etc.    

IStudiez is a great tool for you to make sure you can keep everything on track.  

Balance your To-do list, view your calendar, organize your planner, and calculate your grades. 

What I really like about this app is that I can calculate my grades. That helps me plan out how much time I need to set aside to study for each class. It's nice that it has a lot of features so I do not need to go into another app to schedule time to study.   

This version of the app is for iOS only – however iStudiez PRO is available for Windows and PC, but it's not free   



9.) MyLifeOrganized    


MyLifeOrganized is similar to iStudiez, only it is missing the future to calculate your grades.    

It does have two very unique futures. It is the "Task outliner" and the "Goal planning" feature.    

Shout out to all your Futuristic people out there!    

I love planning ahead and I love thinking about the future – I already have my goals and outline set for as far as 2020...I know it's crazy, but it keeps me going!     

It's a great to be able to see your what goals you set and to create an outline to execute those tasks. When you visually see it you are more likely to stick with it. The reminder and scheduling features on here will make sure that you can manage your tasks and do them on time. 

Available for both iOS and Android.    



10.) 30/30


Your professor probably told you to expect 4-6 hours of homework per week from their class. Do you really spend that much time on their assignments? Do you spend longer? 

30/30 will allow you to schedule and set specific times for you to complete tasks.    

This will help make sure you can get things done and see how long it REALLY takes for you to complete your work! This way you can accurately manage your time and plan out your schedule. 

This app is for IOS only.    



Hopefully you guys liked the apps that I shared. Use these apps along with my 9 Online Learning Tips to Ace your classes - online or not!   

Have you guys used any other helpful time management apps? What about music apps? <---Want some?

I also know of a couple of posts that have several different cool music apps for you to utilize.

Comment down below and let me know about your experiences with apps.      

Best of luck and until next time!        




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