Technology can be a student’s best friend and it is no different for nursing students. The right technology can make studying and keeping track of materials much easier. If you are in nursing school, here are 5 must-haves that will change your life for the better.
With so many assignment due dates, clinical assignments, and other things to keep track of, it can be easy to forget something important. As such, a list manager is a necessity. Services such as Remember the Milk and Wunderlist can help you easily keep track of your important lists and you can even access them on your mobile device.
Back Up Storage
Whether you choose a virtual drive or an external drive, it is important to back up your important documents in case you have a computer failure. If you want to use a virtual drive, iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox are all good choices. Alternatively, you can purchase an external hard drive to back up your entire computer system regularly. While this may not seem necessary, a computer crash will make you glad you took this step.
Web Clipping Tool
Web clippers are browser tools that allow you to save entire web pages that you need to view or reference later. There are plenty of services available, so you can find one that perfectly fits your needs. Web clipping tools are especially useful when you are doing research for a project, exam, or paper. Some of the more popular web clipping options are Evernote, SpringPad, Pocket, and Instaper. What makes them even better is that you can also view your saved pages on a mobile device.
There will likely be many sites that you will want to visit regularly. You will need an easy way to collect and organize these bookmarks so you can find what you need quickly and easily. Delicious, PortaPortal, Google Bookmarks, Diigo, and Xmarks are all good choices that allow you to keep your favorite sites organized in one easy location. Most of them also allow you to share and collaborate your bookmarking efforts with others.
Note Taking Software
As a nursing student, you will take many, many notes. While you can take notes in MS word and other word processing programs, you can make your notes even better by using an app that will let you sync notes among all your devices and share with others in your classes. Springpad, Evernote, and other apps will let you review your notes from anywhere and can make your studying much more efficient.
School is serious business. Nursing students have to remember a great deal of information. These technology must-haves will make it easier for you to keep track of important material and to save time and effort.