Essential Online Tools and Resources for Postgraduate Students

 

Studying for your postgraduate degree can become extremely confusing if you are not organised effectively.

Luckily for you there are some awesome online tools that allow you to focus and keep track of your thoughts, ideas, research , documents, and even your personal life!

Utilizing these fantastic resources will make your postgraduate life a whole lot simpler and will ensure that you are not wasting valuable time searching through piles of paper or unorganised folders on your computer.

Evernote When it comes to note taking, Evernote is the most effective tool available. It excels over other note making programs due to its ability to take information from a vast array of sources including text, audio and image. You can save information from just about anywhere directly into Evernote, and each entry is trackable once you have inputted it onto the system. This means that you can save screenshots, webpages, audio notes, photographs, and text documents at the click of a button and then come back to it as and when needed. It is extremely easy to set up and navigate, and can be used in conjunction with other devices such as your mobile, meaning you can take a photo on your phone and load it into Evernote in an instant.

Mind Meister Mind mapping is a great way of organising your thoughts, ideas, and research, and Mind Meister is one of the best tools for the job. Many top academics swear by the use of constructive brainstorming sessions, which is why you should jump on board and make use of this invaluable tool. The user interface is extremely straight forward and easy to navigate, ensuring that you will be able to focus on the creative process. If you need to collaborate or share your ideas, you can do this by opening a direct link and working on the mind map  simultaneously   with anyone else who wants in.

Diigo Diigo is an online information management tool that can be used to collate, store, bookmark, highlight, and annotate just about anything you come across. There are many online bookmarking programs on the web, but Diigo is a far more powerful tool. It allows you to collaborate ideas and work from numerous different platforms including laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android as well as other online devices. This means that no matter where you are or what device you are using, your research ideas and note taking can be centrally stored. Everyone uses highlighters and sticky notes to annotate text books, and now you can do the same for all of your online research.

Google Drive Formerly known as Google Docs, this awesome tool is incredibly useful for storing your work online. There is nothing more dangerous than keeping only one copy of your important postgraduate documents, so backing them up onto an online server is always best practice. As well as being a safe way to back up your work, it also means that you can access your documents from any computer or online device. This is particularly useful if you conduct work from a number of different locations and devices. Google Drive is a very simple platform to operate and it synchronises effortlessly with numerous other Google apps that you may be using such as Google+.

Basecamp If you are in need of a project management tool Basecamp is the answer. This professional tool that is used by thousands of top businesses, but it is also a remarkable tool for those undertaking postgraduate academic research tasks. The project pages allow users to track all stages of a project from one easy to navigate location, with a simple straightforward operating system. This means that you can collate and store information from a number of different sources, on a variety of subjects, and time manage the whole project with deadlines and side notes. Being well organised during a large project is essential for success, so get on board with Basecamp today!

SlideRocket Creating the perfect presentation is easy with SlideRocket. If you're looking to impress your audience this should be your go-to tool. These days multimedia rich presentations are all the rage, and SlideRocket allows you to create visually engaging presentations that can be accessed anywhere at any time. The days of PowerPoint are gone. This great tool will allow you to make a memorable presentation with the minimum amount of fuss. You can import existing presentations from other programs and improve them using SlideRocket's advanced capabilities. Plus you can also share the presentations through a live online format.

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2 comments

RonaldLouri Dec. 17, 2016, 10:28 a.m.

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

Charlotte King Dec. 19, 2016, 9:23 p.m.

Glad you find our blog useful. We aim to publish a wide selection of articles and we hope you find these equally interesting and helpful.

Kind Regards,

Charlotte

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