31/08/2014

What's In My Uni Bag + Favourite Study Apps



iPad Mini c/o Argos  | DVF document holder | Customised monogrammed notepad | Jonathan Adler 'A Peek into my Week' pad | Kate Spade paper clips | Muji 0.5 pens | Sharpie highlighter

My student years might officially be over, but since so many of you are going back to university this month, I thought I'd share what was usually lying around my own uni bag - give or take a few Starbucks receipts -, as well as my favourite study apps I used. If there is one thing I learned first in France and Exeter and later, at Central Saint Martins, it is how to make the most of my iPad Mini, which when used with the right apps, can save you a tremendous amount of time. Or procrastinate, but better keep this quiet when you try to convince your parents this is a uni must-have in the middle of Argos.

So without further ado, here are some of my personal favourite study apps, which have saved me more than once during my five years at university : 

Blackboard
If your university uses Blackboard, then this is an app you must download on your iPad! Just like the online version, the Blackboard app lets you check your contact hours, your grades and any feedback your tutors have given you on previous assignments. It is everything you need in one place, so if you were to only download one app, make it this one. 

Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Believe me, you may have an extensive vocabulary now, but you'll be thanking me for this app and its thesaurus when it's 4 am, your essay is due in the morning and you seem to have run out of words to get your point across. 

iTalk
As a fashion journalism student, this recorder was one of the most-used applications on both my iPhone AND my iPad but any student can benefit from it. Just turn in on, press the red button and record any lecture or seminar. You can then transfer them onto your computer and even sort them by module or term, directly on your iPad.



QuickOffice Pro
This may be an obvious one, but every student needs a good way to create and open Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. 

Evernote 
Evernote is an easy way to sync your notes on all your devices - computer, phone, iPad... you name it -, making it extremely useful to any student. You can also share those same notes and images with your Facebook friends, making it the ultimate app to use for group projects.

CliffsNotes
It's the day before your essay is due and you haven't even opened the book you are supposed to write  those 2,500 words on. Don't fret, CliffsNotes is here to help! Just don't use it too often, ok? 

iAnnotate PDF
This PDF reader allows you to highlight key sentences, as well as annotate any important passages, making it a must-have if your tutor likes to post his lecture notes online afterwards.

ReferenceME
Referencing is the bane of many students, me included. Thankfully, ReferenceME makes it oh so easy for you to manage bibliographies and quotations, before importing them into your essay. Just choose which referencing system you need and scan the book's barcode and you're done! 

UniDays
And because university isn't all about essays and lectures, but also about having fun, make sure to download UniDays for extra student discounts and offers in shops, bars and restaurants. 

Most universities have their very own apps these days, so don't forget to check if yours does!

Are you going back to school / college / uni this year? If so, what are your study essentials?

- Elodie x 

17/08/2014

Currently Obsessed With #6


Beach, Please!
Someone takes me to the beach, pronto! I haven't been to the beach once this summer, which is very unlike me. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I'll be going home anytime soon, so no paddle boarding or beach party for me, this year! BOO!


Ping Pong's Summer Menu
I was lucky enough to meet the team behind Ping Pong's wonderful cocktail menu, earlier this month.  My mojito-making skills are still to be worked on, but at least I can always pop to my local branch for some seriously refreshing cocktails and delicious dim sums.
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Sia's Chandelier


I'm a bit late to the party, but Sia's comeback single, Chandelier, is one seriously catchy tune. And have you seen the music video? I mean, it doesn't take a very trained eye to see that little girl's seriously talented - n'est-ce pas, dance moms?

Home Sweet Home
After a few weeks of deliberations, I have decided to stay in London a little bit longer, which means I am now on the lookout for a new place. New place means new decor, right? Well, I sure have been pinning inspiration away. Check out my Home Sweet Home board here

I have also been seriously obsessed with the post-credit scene of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the film yet, but Baby Groot's dance moves are seriously... groovy. Anyone else?

- Elodie x