Google Keep

What does it do? Organisation tool, you can add notes, photos and audio to keep. Includes a post it note system.

What can I use it for? Useful for tracking and keeping on top of all tasks, from personal to academic life. You can create lists to tick off when completed as well as adding details about times, dates and places where needed. These can also be shared with others which can help with accountability. There is a tagging and colour coding system to enable distinction between personal and academic tasks and you can archive lists when completed but they are not completely lost in case you need to go back to them. Google Keep can be synced across devices to enable on the go editing.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here:  https://www.google.com/keep/

Otter AI

What does it do?

It records and transcribes audio.

What can I use it for?

You can record conversations and the live transcription function will write up the conversation for you and is also searchable.

Really useful as a fieldwork tool to help with transcribing interviews or supervision meetings. Ideal for use in group work as well as note taking and as a planning tool or a way of creating revision resources.

Cost? Free options with premium/subscription options available depending on your needs.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here.

Grammarly

What does it do?

Checks the accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar as well ad giving your feedback on the tone of your writing.

What can I use it for?

Great for proofreading your work as it will pick up on far more errors than MS Word as it checks context as well as spelling errors. You can use it to proofread essays, emails to lecturers and even social media posts. You can also use it to make sure you have got the right tone in what you have written, giving you confidence when writing to friends, peers and lecturers.

Cost? Free! Premium subscription is also available but the free version is excellent.

Where can I find it? You can sign up/log in via your Google or Apple account and there is a free plug-in for Google Chrome and Microsoft Word so you can access it directly in your Word documents. For further information you can take a look here.

PowerPoint Rehearsal

What does it do?

Allows you to record and time yourself delivering a presentation.

What can I use it for?

If you need to build and improve your presentation skills, this is a great way to practise and feel confident when you then have to deliver to a live audience.

Cost? Free to anyone with an office.com account or Office 360 subscription (available to you as a student by using your University log in credentials).

Where can I find it? It is available in Microsoft PowerPoint. For further information on how to use this function you can take a look here.

Presenter Coach

What does it do?

It enables you to asses your presentation skills, whether your pace is suitable and detects if you are talking for too long on one slide, or simply reading the slide out loud.

What can I use it for?

A great tool to improve your presentation skills and ensure that you are engaging your audience and not just reading the slides aloud. You can also ensure that your timings work for the task in hand. You can practise for class presentations and get immediate feedback all of which will help improve your confidence.

Cost? Free to anyone with an office.com account or Office 360 subscription (available to you as a student by using your University log in credentials).

Where can I find it? It’s available within Microsoft PowerPoint. For further information on how to use this function you can take a look here or watch this video.