I love my technology. I love sharing it even more. Today I wanted to pass on the best pieces of my technological arsenal for nursing school: the myHomework web-app and Dropbox.
Now I do realize that everyone is different. We have our own systems and modus operandi, so I won’t say that these are for everyone. Personally I use them, they keep me sane. You may not realize you are in need of them, so here’s my story.
Way back in the dinosaur ages, I was in college in Louisiana. We didn’t have email addresses, we didn’t turn in papers electronically to check for plagiarism and we did our research leafing through actual books. In the same vein, I wrote to-do lists for homework, papers, assignments, readings and projects. Actually wrote them, with a pencil. Problem was that I had to continually rewrite them as I completed things. My name is Adrienne, and I killed some trees. Sorry. On the positive side, I was always reminded of what I needed to accomplish.
I started out this semester – I won’t tell you how many years later – the same way. But then the written to-do list got lost multiple times, was in the wrong binder that was not at school with me even more times and just… felt… wrong, palpably, as I went about my cell-phone wifi connected day.
So, I found an app for that. It’s called myHomework and there is an iPod *and* Android version. It’s accessible online from their web-app and on your smartphone. Oddly enough I primarily use the web-app. I find that interface faster to put in assignments and I work really hard to put readings in all at once, at least a week in advance. When you’ve completed something, I can check it off and gleefully see the reward of the strike-through on the words of that item, bypassing the obsessive compulsive urge I have to rewrite an entire list because I finished one of twenty items.
So remember, SMART goals and try myHomework.
Also, college is powerpoints and papers these days. Lecture notes are sure not what they used to be. Neither is research. I have pdfs piling up already! Thank goodness for Dropbox because it makes my life much easier to manage.
Dropbox is a software that you install on your main computer/laptop at home. The Dropfox folder then becomes part of your computer’s file system. All my school work is saved into the Dropbox folder.
So, that’s not too exciting. But this is! I can access all my files from school by signing into the Dropbox website. I can access all my files on my ipod Touch. And best of all, they are kept synced for me. Changes I made to one file at school or files I added at school are synced up to my account once I am home without me having to think at all!
Your storage space is limited but there are ways to increase your limit without having to pay. But I think that the amount of space you get free is pretty generous. I have personal files in there plus my school stuff and am not at 50%. Worst comes to worst later, when my account gets full, I’ll only leave my work for the current semester.
Now you know all my bestest secrets. Here’s wishing everyone an organized and successful semester!
p.s. Dropbox is great, but back it up.