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Here are some programs and apps that can help you make the most of being a student. Many of these can be used for any type of class, be it in-person, online, or hybrid.


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Accessibility Built-In

Platform(s): Windows, Mac/iOS, Android, ChromeOS

Websites:

Cost: Free, as features are built-in to the associated systems.

Features: For specific features, please visit the websites listed above.

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Any.do

Platform(s): Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web

Website: https://www.any.do/

Cost: Free; Premium subscription ~$75/year

Features:

  • Create task and shopping lists with reminders
  • Calendar allows viewing of events and related lists
  • Lists and calendars sync across a large variety of devices and services

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Apple Notes

Platform(s): iOS

Website: Built in to iOS. App Store Preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notes/id1110145109

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Basic note app that lets you type or handwrite notes (or drawings)
  • Create checklists, scan documents, insert photos, and videos
  • Can organize with folders and sub-folders as needed
  • Searchable and backs up to iCloud
  • Can create notes with Siri

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Audio Notetaker

Platform(s): Windows, Mac; companion app for Android and iOS

Website: https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker#audio-notetaker-demo

Cost: $149 per year; Free for Access Center students

Features:

  • Capture audio, text and slides in a single note-taking workspace.
  • Organise and categorise note sets so you can easily return to them.
  • Turn your notes into a variety of formats to suit your learning style.
  • Improve audio quality and extract only what’s useful.

Sonocent’s “Sprint Start” video: https://youtu.be/HrPA0EFC3mM

Sonocent’s Skills Portal: https://try.sonocent.com/skills-portal/

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CamScanner

Platform(s): iOS, Mac

Website: https://www.camscanner.com/

Cost: Free; Premium subscription: $4.99/month

Features:

  • Use your mobile device to scan documents by taking pictures of them
  • Can convert images to editable text
  • Sync with cloud storage (OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)

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Coffitivity

Platform(s): Web, Mac (offline)

Website: https://coffitivity.com/

Cost: Free; Premium $9/year

Features:

  • Online ambient sound generator to help boost productivity
  • Different options available to choose from (more available with premium)

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Cold Turkey

Platform(s): Windows, Mac

Website: https://getcoldturkey.com/

Cost: Free; Pro $29 CAD (~$20 USD)

Features:

  • Customized blocking for websites, applications, the whole internet, or your entire computer to focus and be more productive
  • Set timers for how long blocking lasts
  • Scheduler allows creation of recurring periods of time for blocking
  • Statistics feature helps track where you spend your time

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Dictate for Office 365

Platform(s): Windows, Web

Website: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/dictate-your-documents-d4fd296e-8f15-4168-afec-1f95b13a6408

Cost: Free with Office 365 (MSU Denver students have access to Office 365 for free)

Features:

  • Speech to text built right into Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote)
  • Functions much like dictation on a smart phone, no training required
  • Requires a microphone to use

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Evernote

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Mac, Web, Windows

Website: https://www.evernote.com

Cost: Free; Premium subscription: $7.99/month, Business subscription $14.99/month

Features:

  • Searchable notetaking editor that syncs across platforms
  • Sort and organize by date, title, or tag
  • Insert PDFs, Images, and other documents
  • Ability to share notebooks with other people

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Glean

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Web (Chrome browser only)

Website: https://glean.co/

Cost: Free for Access Center students

Features:

  • Type text and add lecture slides in a cloud-based note taking workspace.
  • Capture audio from your mic or from video in your web browser.
  • Catagorize your notes as you go to find important points faster
  • Create a printable copy of notes, or copy/paste them easily into a word processor

To get started with Glean:

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Google Keep

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Web

Website: https://www.keep.google.com

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Basic note app that lets you type or handwrite notes (or drawings)
  • Create checklists, scan documents, insert photos, and videos
  • Can organize with labels and colors
  • Searchable and can be accessed on any device
  • Can create notes with Google Assistant
  • Can add collaborators to notes

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My Study Life

Platform(s): iOS, Android, web

Website: https://www.mystudylife.com/

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Academic planner app with reminders that helps track classes, homework, and exams
  • Syncs across connected devices

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Office Lens

Platform(s): Windows, Android, iOS

Website:

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Scanning app that allows you to take pictures of documents with your mobile device to scan them
  • Has simple OCR capabilities to make text editable
  • Can be saved to cloud-based storage (OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)

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OneNote

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Mac, Web, Windows

Website: https://www.onenote.com

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Content can be organized by pages, sections, and whole notebooks
  • Tags and highlights can help identify important info within notes
  • Can type, handwrite, and draw anywhere on page and move it as needed
  • Can insert images, documents, and audio files
  • Saves automatically, and can sync across multiple devices
  • Can share and collaborate

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Otter

Platform(s): Android, iOS, Web

Website: https://www.otter.ai

Cost: Free; Pro subscription: $12.99/month

Features:

  • Records audio and transcribes in real time, automatically identifying different speakers (up to 40 mins per recording and 600 mins per month total on the Free plan)
  • Automatically generates keywords from recording
  • Text is searchable, editable, and can be highlighted
  • Can export recordings to save or share

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Read&Write

Platform(s): Windows, Mac, Google Chrome

Website: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/

Cost: Free for all MSU Denver students

Features:

  • Check It – A proofreading tool that checks for spelling, grammar, homophone, and confusable word errors.
  • Text-to-Speech – Reads text aloud with dual color highlighting and natural-sounding voices. Works in Microsoft Word, PDFs, and on the web.
  • Audio Maker – Converts text into MP3 audio files using the text-to-speech settings.
  • Screenshot Reader – Converts inaccessible text to accessible text through OCR.
  • PDF Reader – A built-in reader that includes the ability to enable Text-to-Speech via Click to Speak.
  • Highlights – Allows users to highlight and color code sections of text on a page, to facilitate summarizing, categorizing, and higher order skills.

Below are video playlists comprised of several short videos demonstrating how to use the different features of Read&Write.

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SoundNote

Platform(s): iOS, Mac

Website: https://www.soundnote.com

Cost: $4.99

Features:

  • Type or handwrite notes (including doodles)
  • Records audio to sync with written notes (tap notes to play audio from that time frame)
  • Ability to share notes and audio via email

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VoiceDream Reader

Platform(s): iOS

Website: https://www.voicedream.com/reader/

Cost: $14.99

Features:

  • Extremely similar to Read&Write
  • Text to speech with synchronized highlighting
  • Can access a wide variety of file formats, including PDF and Word
  • Customize display to make reading easier visually

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