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Maximize Your Time By Using Your Phone to Study for Finals

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Studying for finals can be a time-consuming task that typically requires a lot of attention and discipline on your part. Keep reading to learn how you can get the most out of your time by using your phone to study for finals.

Prepping for Finals

As a high school or college student, finals are a real part of life for which you should be properly prepared. This preparation includes studying, of course, which can be a tedious task for many of us. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be if you're armed with the right tools.

You may not immediately think of your phone as one of those tools, and might even consider it a distraction, but did you know that you could actually use it to your advantage while studying for finals? Read on for some advice on how you can maximize your time by using your phone as a study tool.

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Study Your Notes Everywhere

Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to lug around notebooks and/or folders full of notes? As most mobile phones nowadays have note-taking capabilities, you probably don't have to. Consider jotting down important, exam-specific notes in your phone so that you have them with you wherever you go. Whenever you have a few free minutes in your busy schedule, such as during a work break or bus ride, you can easily take out your phone and study your notes for finals. By incorporating these small study blocks into your everyday schedule, you can maximize your time and be more prepared come exam day.

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Use Apps to Your Advantage

When it comes to prepping for finals, it can be hard to know which study methods work best. Luckily, there are several mobile apps that can eliminate the guesswork and help you save time as you study for finals from your phone. Whether you want to review with lesson-specific flashcards or strengthen your knowledge of certain subjects, there's probably an app for it. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

  • Pocket - Have you ever found something online and wished you could've saved it for future reference? With the Pocket mobile app, you can easily store articles, videos, images, and more in one convenient location on your phone, where they'll be easily accessible when it comes time to study for finals.


  • Quizlet - With Quizlet, which is available for free on both Apple and Android platforms, you can create your own customized flashcards and interactive diagrams that can help you study for finals from your phone. When you download Quizlet, you'll also have access to a library of pre-existing flashcard sets that other people have created.


  • Study.com - Does a certain final exam have your head spinning? Could you use a little extra instruction to help you ''get it''? Be sure to check out Study.com, which offers its subscribers a mobile app that allows them to learn on the go. With Study.com's vast collection of engaging online courses (and flashcard sets) in nearly every subject known to man, you'll be able to access the information you need for your finals in no time.

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Set Important Reminders

Studying for finals can be hectic, so why not use your phone as your own personal assistant to help you stay on task and get the most out of your time? You can take advantage of your phone's alarm and calendar functions to set reminders for important exam dates and times (and to remind you to study!). Or, you can use a handy app such as My Study Life to create checklists, organize study schedules, and more.

student laying down listening to podcast while studying for finals

Access Helpful Resources

You can also use your phone to access many internet-based resources that can help you study for finals. When you come across an unclear concept, hop on your phone to see if there are any related podcasts, e-books, or audio books that may clarify things for you. By having these types of resources at your fingertips, you'll be able to maximize the efficiency of your study sessions.

Avoid Opening Other Apps

While using your phone to study for finals, always remember that it can be a big distraction if you allow it to be. Try to avoid opening other apps while you're studying so that you're well prepared when finals arrive. Other strategies can include reviewing course materials in a new environment or prepping with a study buddy. As you study for finals, make sure to eat right and get enough rest.

Are you a student looking to expand your knowledge in certain subjects and possibly earn college credit by doing so? Check out Study.com's student membership plans, which give you access to thousands of engaging video lessons in every subject.

By Erin Riskey
May 2018
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