Homework Hacks: Tips for Easing the Workload
Take some of the hassle out of the school year by working smarter, not harder. These handy homework hacks will help you breeze through the coursework drudgery by using technology at your fingertips.
Take Notes on the Fly
Studying for exams and writing papers are stressful enough without looking for lost notes. Bring a tablet or notebook computer to class for notetaking. The Galaxy Note® Pro 12.2 lets you multitask, so you can easily take notes with the S Pen™ while recording your professor’s lecture with a voice recording app—which will help if you’re having trouble reading your own handwriting. If you prefer using a full keyboard, the Chromebook 2 is small enough to carry anywhere without weighing you down. Whichever device you choose, store your notes in the cloud, using a different folder for each class. This way, you can access your notes wherever you are, no matter which device or computer you are using at home.
Improve Your Grades With the S Pen
Research has shown writing and rewriting notes in longhand is better for your memory than just typing. The science behind this is that the physical act of writing activates your brain’s reticular activating system, or RAS. The RAS filters and prioritizes what you are focusing on at the moment, helping you to process and remember the information more efficiently and with a deeper understanding compared to simply typing or listening. With the Galaxy Note and S Pen, you can access note-taking apps that allow you to handwrite your notes and convert them to text. Store them digitally for easy access when you’re studying.
Step-By-Step: Hacking Perfect Study Notes in 48 Hours
Download a handwriting app like Handrite Lite onto your smartphone or tablet.
Open a new document in the handwriting app. Read your class notes and write down the key facts and ideas you don’t already know by heart with the handwriting app. Use point form and as few words as possible.
Read the study notes several times during the next 24 hours. You can print them if you’d like.
Open a new document in the handwriting app to write a second set of study notes. Write down only essential facts and concepts you still don’t know by heart. You’ll be surprised at how much you have already memorized.
Read these study notes several times before your exam. If you have time, try condensing the notes a third time and save for quick reference.
Print Fast Without Breaking the Bank
The night before an assignment deadline is the worst time to discover your printer has run dry. The Multifunction Printer Xpress gives you laser-sharp quality at speeds of up to 21 pages per minute, with 3,000 pages from a single cartridge. You can quickly print wirelessly from any NFC mobile device, including a Galaxy smartphone or tablet, just by tapping it on the printer. The technology even works with the Galaxy Camera™ 2, which is ideal for printing a snapshot of a presentation or notes from an instructor’s whiteboard. The same printer also scans documents, which you can quickly upload to your computer or mobile device.
Add Some Flash to Your Homework Routine
Put some play back into your study routine by downloading a flashcard app to your Galaxy tablet or smartphone. There are a wide range of flashcard apps available on topics like math, science and foreign languages. You can even brush up on your biology with the Human Anatomy Flash Cards app. Use the app by yourself on the bus, or study with a friend for an interactive study experience.
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