Our last post extolled the virtues of going low tech and handwriting your class notes, but we want to be clear that we don’t think all technology is bad. There are plenty of apps and websites that can be incredibly helpful for busy law students. Whether you’re trying to stay organized, stay motivated, or study smarter, using technology the right way can help you achieve your goals. Below are just a few of the resources you may want to incorporate into study routine.
- There’s nothing like a good calendar! Make sure you’re making use of a good calendar app so that you can keep all of your personal and professional responsibilities organized in one, easy to access place. Whether its Google Calendar, Outlook, Cal Calendar, Things, Calendar Widget, or any of the other great calendar apps out there, make sure you have a functional, easy to use organizational system to help you stay on track.
- Use an app to help you stick your goals. Diligent, consistent work is essential to succeeding in law school. If you struggle with procrastination or motivation, try using an app that encourages healthy habits and helps you meet your goals, such as Habit list, GoalsonTrack, or Momentum.
- Make the most of your study time with PocketPoints. Pocket Points is an app that rewards you for not using your phone during class and study times. You can use the points you earn to redeem discounts and coupons at local business. Basically, it gives you free stuff for doing something you should be doing anyway!
- Check out some of the new learning websites. When it comes to using supplements or practice problems from the internet, you have to be really careful. While there are some great resources out there, there are also some not so great resources. One reliable resource that you may find helpful is BarBri Amp. BarBri Amp is available to all OCU law students and features multiple choice questions that help you learn and retain the blackletter law. SeRiouS, which uses the power of spaced repetition to help you memorize rules, is another popular resource.
- Back up your documents! If you aren’t already, make sure you’re using a service like Dropbox or Google Drive to back up your notes, outlines and projects.
Technology can definitely help you stay organized and on track, but don’t forget that you’re still responsible for putting in the hard work, preparation, and practice needed to succeed.