Which digital tools do students use to organise themselves and their work? This was one of many questions Durham students answered in the 2018 Student Digital Experience survey. We count down the top ten answers here:
Students reported using various audio recording apps, including Audio Notetaker, for making their own notes as well as recording lectures.
Students particularly liked being able to instantly save their notes to the cloud and the free storage space that Google Drive provides.
Another option for online storage is Office 365, which is available to every undergraduate and taught post-grad for free. This includes 1TB of space on OneDrive and the ability to share files with anyone else at the University.
Students reported that they used Microsoft Excel for specific coursework as well as for more general study purposes.
This free reference manager was popular with students, with one explaining how Mendeley ‘revolutionised how I consume literature, as well as how I write and reference’.
Another frequently mentioned referencing aid was Cite This for Me, which extracts reference information from webpages and produces citations in different formats.
This category included several different digital aids, but garnering the most mentions was Forest, an app that encourages you to stay off your phone for a specified amount of time.
Students mentioned the Evernote app in relation to both note-taking and general organisation.
If you’re interested in note-taking apps, have a look at OneNote: it comes in at number 1 and is free for Durham students!
Students especially mentioned Google Docs as helpful in collaborative work, from presentations to translating texts.
You can also share and co-edit documents in Office 365 without having to create a new account for everyone.
Proving that the newest tools are not always the most popular, Microsoft Word was cited as useful for notetaking and ‘all aspects’.
Microsoft OneNote garnered more mentions than Word and Google Docs combined. Part of the Office 365 suite available to all students and staff members, OneNote was described by one student as ‘amazing’.
Please note that this list is drawn from the student survey and is not necessarily endorsed by Durham University. When using any third-party tool, please read the Terms & Conditions carefully. Durham University is not able to provide support for third-party tools used by students or staff.