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.

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.

Visual Timer – Countdown (Android only)

What does it do?

This timer app gives users a visual representation of time passing. It allows you to set a timer to complete tasks with a visual and numerical countdown to help keep you focused and develop an understanding of the passage of time.

What can I use it for?

You can set a timer for one-off tasks or pre-programme a timer for activities you do regularly.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available to download on Android phones only from Google Play 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.

Focus at Will

What does it do? Offers music that is aimed to help you focus better through timed intervals. It creates a personal concentration playlist, can reduce distraction and increase productivity.

What can I use it for? You can build a personal playlist of music which helps you with productivity and it enables you to track what works to help build this up. The music is lyric free and is designed to change at certain intervals to keep you focussed.

Cost? Free trial (1 week), subscriptions start at $30 per year.

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.focusatwill.com/

ClaroRead

What does it do?

Reads text out loud and enables you to change the screen background colour to reduce screen glare.

What can I use it for?

Can be used to help process written information by listening as well as reading on screen, also useful for proofreading. Changing the background colour may make it easier on the eyes to read large volumes of text.

Cost? Installed on all QMUL computers, so free to use on campus! Premium version available to download onto a personal laptop.

Where can I find it? It’s available on all QMUL computers. For further information about purchasing a subscription for your own laptop you can take a look here or watch the video above.

NaturalReader

What does it do?

It reads text on your screen out loud.

What can I use it for?

It is a great tool for proofreading essays and written work as it is always easier to hear if something doesn’t sound quite right or if there is a typo. If you prefer listening to podcasts or audio books you may find using this to read journal articles or other text a much more efficient way of reading.

Cost? Free! Premium subscription available.

Where can I find it? It’s available as a Web App so you can log in to your account from anywhere to use it. For further information on the app you can take a look here.

Quizlet

What does it do?

It allows you to make flashcards for learning and revision purposes and search/edit existing sets created by other users.

What can I use it for?

Flashcards are a great way to improve and test information recall for learning and revision. You can auto-generate a range of activities from the set of flashcards you have created to test yourself e.g. a multiple choice test, so you can match it to the style of exam suitable for your course.

Cost? Basic account free or £19.99 per year for Quizlet Plus which allows you to customise flashcards further.

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://quizlet.com/