Adapting to online learning has created a slight learning curve for many of us. There are creative and useful tools at our disposal though and can make this shift a little more bearable. Many of us have found that using apps and programs to connect with our classmates has helped support successful study habits. Most PVCC classes have converted to Cisco’s Webex and host live lectures in replacement of classrooms. Students have also been using Zoom and Google Hangouts for live meetings. If you are looking for different ways to connect with your classmates, check out these free alternatives below for connecting with them or use one to create your very own study group.
- Skype can be used on your phone, Windows, or Mac, and can support up to 50 people on the same audio call. Skype also lets you record, save, and share conversations.
- Facetime is for the iPhone users and can host up to 32 Apple devices at one time for video calls.
- Facebook Messenger is primarily used for sending messages but also has a video chat option.
- Jitsi Meet can be used online, on Androids, on iOS, on React-native and on Electron apps.
- Amazon Chime is free during this pandemic through June.
PVCC has also compiled some popular apps to up your study game by streamlining your classwork in hopes of helping you focus and increase your productivity.
- Evernote is highly rated by college peers with its checklists, links, audio recordings and more. There is a free version, however you can upgrade to Evernote Plus for $35 annually.
- iStudiez is available for both Apple and Windows users. This app does it all from scheduling assignments to checking grades. The mobile version costs a mere $3 while the computer version is a one-time $10 fee.
- Quizlet Go “The flashcards of the future” Access other student’s study sets and diagrams by paying a small investment - $1.67/monthly or $20/annually.
- Chegg Flashcards Easily create flashcards or use sets from the thousands already created.
- StudyBlue is available for both Android and iOS phones. This app allows you to upload your class materials, create flashcards, and take practice quizzes. Best of all, it is free!
These are merely suggestions to help support your successful learning. Never hesitate to reach out to one of your instructors or advisors for additional direction and guidance. They are here for you during this time. We’re in this together!