Habitica

What does it do?

Gamify your habit tracking and complete quests with friends!

What can I use it for?

Habit tracking and to-do-lists wrapped up in an RPG package with character levelling and visual rewards. Its retro-gaming aesthetic along with its creative way of habit tracker is an attractive alternative to those who are planning to make their habits stick.

Cost? FREE with purchasable cosmetic additions.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Browser login and more information are available here.

Miro

What does it do?

Collaborative web whiteboard platform.

What can I use it for?

Missing messy project group project planning with whiteboards and sticky notes? Miro might just be for you with customisable formats and an option to upload media. It is a flexible tool for project planning or your very own personal vision board.

Visual Learning, Mind Mapping, Organisation, Planning, Group Work

Where can I find it? It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information or Mac and PC download options are available here.

MindView

What does it do?

This mind mapping tool helps you with learning and planning.

What can I use it for?

You can use this mind mapping software as a visual way of learning topics or as a planning tool for written work. Images and links to resources can be added and once you have finalised your plan this can be exported into Word so you have a ready made template to write into.

Cost? It is available for use on all QMUL computers, so free! Or you can purchase a yearly subscription for a personal computer from $20 a month.

Where can I find it? It’s available on all QMUL computers. For further information about purchasing a subscription for your own computer you can take a look here or for information on a 30-day free trial look here.

Coggle

What does it do?

This mind mapping tool allows you to create mind maps and flow charts that you can add text and images to and link videos and websites. Mind maps can be downloaded as PDFs.

What can I use it for?

Use this tool when planning assignments and revising. It helps you to get ideas down and draw links between concepts. The colour coding feature and the ability to add images and videos also provides a great visual overview of the information.

Cost? You can sign up for free and have access to 3 private diagrams and as many public diagrams as you like. Or for $5 a month you can have access to unlimited private diagrams.

Where can I find it? You can sign up with a Google, Microsoft or Apple account here. For further information on the app, you can take a look at the tutorial video here.

Google Calendar

What does it do?

It allows you to keep track of appointments and deadlines.

What can I use it for?

You can use this app to add times, dates and places for appointments and attach images and maps. You can also create revision timetables and set reminders for assessment deadlines.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? For more information on the app or to download from the App Store or Google Play look here.

Scapple

What does it do?

An intuitive mind mapping software which helps with getting an overview on a piece of research and then plan the write up. Works in conjunction with Scrivener.

What can I use it for?

Use it for getting initial research ideas down and organising your thoughts and ideas in one place when planning or writing an essay, dissertation or thesis. Mind mapping is also a great way of getting an overview on any topic which you are trying to learn or to make your revision more visual and interactive.

Cost? a one-off subscription fee of £13 (student/academic price)

Where can I find it? It’s available to download for both Mac and Windows from the Scapple website here.

Scrivener

What does it do?

It’s a writing app designed to aid anyone research, plan and write a substantial written project, from dissertations to novels.

What can I use it for?

You can use it to store large volumes of research and resources to which you can add notes and tags for a quick reference system. Particularly helpful for PhD students or any large written project such as a dissertation. Enables you to organise topics/chapters and to get an overview on particular research topics through use of the “corkboard function”. It’s a way of storing and organising notes all in one place, whilst researching making it easier to write them up afterwards

Cost? A one-off charge of £39.95 (student/academic price)

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the Scrivener website for both Windows and Mac here. For information on the core concepts of the app you can take a look at this Vimeo and there is also a Vimeo for an introduction demo of how it works for Windows.

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/

Habit Minder

What does it do? Aims to help you form healthy habits and keep you accountable through useful tools. It can be beneficial for time management, productivity and increasing general well being.

What can I use it for? Helps you to build positive habits and set and reach your goals. Enables you to track your progress and add a reward system when you meet your targets.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

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://habitminder.com/

Mendeley

What does it do?

It allows you to create a library of sources from online texts and import documents from your computer.  Citations and a bibliography can be inserted into work with a few clicks.  It provides references in a number of formats including Harvard, APA, Vancouver and OSCOLA.

You can also search for scientific research papers and receive personalised recommendations.

There is an added perk of being able to search for jobs in the science, technology and health fields.

What can I use it for?

You can to search for, collect, organise and cite research and build your own personal library for essay writing or learning.

The additional function of PDF annotating means that you can sticky notes and information, so no more printing out piles of journal articles to make notes on!

You can also search for job opportunities and search for funding opportunities for scientific research

Cost?

Free with up to 2GB storage

$4.99-$14.99 per month for additional storage

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play or you can download it directly to your desktop. For further information take a look at their website.