Ever since I ordered my iPad, I have been looking up productivity/study/organization tools and apps on YouTube, to see how others are using their iPads.
Digital note-taking has always been an interest of mine and I’ve tried multiple versions from taking notes on a laptop in Word, to using an Echo pen to record my handwriting along with audio from the lecture.
Two of the apps that I am the most excited to explore are GoodNotes 5 and Notion. GoodNotes is a note-taking app that allows for a lot of flexibility, and has some great features like the zoom box and automatically straightening my perpetually crooked lines. I’ve been playing with that for a few weeks now and love it.
Samuel Suresh doesn’t have a ton of YouTube videos, but the ones that he has posted are quite good.
He takes very creative notes. In this video, as he is talking about the diagram of the heart, he mentions a resource called Crash Course. I looked into this, and it is a website run by the Green brothers that offers free educational videos.
I had been toying around with creating a more structured study regime for myself, to motivate me to do something besides work and Netflix/YouTube…
Enter, Notion. Notion is an app that I just learned about yesterday, via StudyCollab on YouTube. It can do a lot of different things, including project management, wikis, file management, calendaring, collaboration…. Alicia has been using it for her university work, which seemed to fit in nicely with my studying interests.
She was kind and linked a copy of the template she uses for her university work in the description of her video.
With these tools, I’ve come up with a plan…
Because I’m a big nerd and also hate the idea of “free time,” I’ve decided that I’m going to study a different subject every day:
- Mondays – Language (Mondays are incomprehensible anyway)
- Tuesdays – Government (since voting happens on Tuesdays…)
- Wednesdays – Anatomy (Hump Day! –> camels –> biology)
- Thursdays – Literature (What better than classics on Throwback Thursdays??)
- Fridays – Research Day (this is where I can do whatever I want)
- Saturdays – Study Skills (I liked the alliteration)
- Sundays – Theology (what else?)
I’ve even made a calendar from today through the end of August, outlining exactly which lessons I’ll be doing on which days.
The only thing left to decide is which language I want to study. I put a poll up on my Instagram, to have people vote for either Italian or Chinese. Right now, the vote is split 50/50. I’ll give it until tomorrow morning, then make a choice.
It looks like Thursdays are not filled in for Literature, but really, that’s because I don’t know how long it will take me to read each book. The course has a bunch of different books they discuss, but I feel that to get the most out of the course, I’ll want to make sure that I read the book first. The first book on the list is Romeo and Juliet, so that should be fairly quick. Each week, if I haven’t finished the book yet, I’ll use that designated time to read more in it. This also has the added benefit of forcing me to read more classics (something I always intend to do).
Do you have any self-improvement plans for the summer? Anything that you are doing during these quarantine days that hadn’t previously been a part of your routine?