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4 Great Survival Apps for Successful Students in Any Field

This is a guest post by Angelita Williams. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

If you’re an EMT or paramedic student, you probably know it’s a jungle out there, and you need all the help you can get in staying focused on what you’ve come to school to do study and succeed. Thankfully, we live in the age of smartphone apps, which help make the daily tasks that we need to get done easier and more efficient. Here are four apps specifically designed so that students in any field can have a reasonable shot at success.

1. EverNote

EverNote is the ultimate note-taker, because it does so much more than just take notes. Any bit of information you find that may be useful to you later you can store on your mobile device, organize, and search for later. You can snap a picture of your handwritten notes, and EverNote can recognize handwriting and make that searchable, too. If you’ve ever had trouble taking notes and keeping track of them, EverNote is the ultimate app. What’s more, with its new Sharing Notebooks function, sharing and collaborating on notes with fellow students makes study groups that much more effective.

2. The Habit Factor

Let’s face it as students we can develop some pretty bad habits, especially when it comes to time management. But the only way to change such habits is to notice the patterns that we slip into in the first place. With Habit Factor, an iPhone application, you can keep track of how you spend your days. You can set your goals, whether they’re short or long term, and this app keeps track of your progress in a nifty, easy-to-navigate way. Habit Factor is a must-have app for those who struggle with changing the little things to accomplish the big things.

3. FileMagnet

FileMagnet is a great app for those of us who tend to be forgetful. There’s nothing worse than going to a class, sitting down, and realizing you forgot all your notes, or that you needed something stored on your PC or Mac that you left at home. With FileMagnet, you can grab all your files stored on your computer and have them ready-to-go on your iPhone in a matter of minutes. The best part is you don’t need to plug in to your computer to do so; FileMagnet connects to your laptop or desktop wirelessly. It’s like a magical USB drive.

4. Cram

At one point or another, we are going to be up against a wall, needing to study in the very last minute. Cram saves you a trip to the store to get flashcards and it enables you to create quizzes quickly and efficiently. Downloading Cram to your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can study on-the-go, reviewing material, testing yourself, and tracking your progress. Because Cram is so efficient when it comes to learning and absorbing material, you may even be able to avoid those draining all-nighters.

This guest post was contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses. She welcomes your comments by email

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.