November 30, 2015
Students who study online often have busy lives outside of their educational pursuits, whether they're parents with young children or professionals with full-time jobs (or both). Here are some essential apps to download if you're an online student who needs to find creative ways to maximize time.
Matt Thornton, associate vice president of undergraduate advising at SNHU, recommends that students use the Blackboard Mobile App. "It's perfect for the 'on-the-go' student who needs to be able to respond to their discussion board posts in a timely fashion," he said. Thornton says it's great to use the app in those 15-minute breaks between meetings or if you're at your kids' soccer game and need to quickly respond to other students in your class. You can't use Blackboard Mobile to access all your SNHU classes but it is helpful when you have a discussion deadline and need quick access to make a post. You may also use the app to ask questions and view your peers answers right from your phone.
Kindle or iBooks
Kathy Growney, dean of the Southern New Hampshire University Library, is a big fan of e-reader apps. She loves being able to tote hundreds of books around on her tablet and smartphone with the Kindle and iBooks apps. Not only can you read novels on public transportation to work, you can also access most SNHU textbooks this way, transforming your morning commute into a study session. Many e-reader apps are free, and you don't have to have a Kindle or other specific device to access them - just an Internet connection and a mobile device
Are you taking a foreign language class this term? You may be looking for a little extra help. Growney suggests turning to the Mango Languages App. This impressive tutorial database is available from SNHU's Shapiro Library. Just visit the library website for access or download the app to your smartphone or tablet.
"More than 60 languages are offered with self-paced tutorials built in," Growney said. She mentioned that students who are planning to travel abroad to attend a specific event may find this tool particularly useful as it has lessons based around particular happenings like Carnival of Venice in Italy or Oktoberfest in Germany. You can use your SNHU.edu email address to create an account and it will keep track of what words and phrases you've been working on.
Do you like to read for fun? Goodreads is an app that helps you keep track of books you're reading, have read and want to check out in the future. Dean Growney is likes the app because the it connects you with friends and allows you to share recommendations with other users, similar to the way in which online students connect through student portals. Goodreads also has a feature that studies what books are in your "read" list to develop a new list of books you should look into - kind of like Apple's Genius but for literature instead of music. Students in SNHU's creative writing courses can benefit from using this app to remember what they've read and even research authors for class.
This helpful application gives SNHU students the ability to sign in to the school's social media community. Here you can stay connected with other students, get tips and advice and engage in course-specific learning communities if you are looking for some extra help. "Students can find one another by affinity interests or geographic location, and the advanced find feature allows students to search for others based on skill-sets/expertise, employment, military history and more, " Thornton shared.
Neudesic Pulse allows you instant access to a massive support network right at the tip of your fingers. "Let's say you're looking for someone who works for Fed Ex, speaks Spanish and has a military background. Done! Need to find them in a specific state? No problem!” Thornton said, highlighting how easy it is to find other people with similar backgrounds and interests that live near you. Online students can also join clubs and organizations with the Pulse, providing them with an inclusive space to share knowledge and opportunities with their peers.
SNHU students can learn more at my.SNHU.edu.
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Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.