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Mobile Devices for Study & Research: Choose

Tips on using mobile devices for study


Moving subjects online means we can create more engaging resources for you, allow you more flexibility and do a few good things for the environment at the same time. And while we can all agree that these are great things, quite a few students would still like to retain some qualities of paper-based resources, such as the ability to read offline, to highlight and take notes, and to read easily, without sitting at a computer screen all day and getting a sore back.

All of that, and a whole lot more, is possible through mobile devices. This guide is aimed at those who already have an iOS or Android tablet device or smartphone. It aims to help you develop a good workflow that will see you obtaining subject content and readings in a digital and mobile-friendly format, storing them on a device for reading, highlighting and annotating, anywhere and at anytime throughout your study, and using them for later work. Without needing to print them all out.

The first step is to set yourself up with the right applications for your device. You'll need annotation (these let you highlight and make notes on digital documents) and cloud storage applications (so that you can easily move resources from your subject site or library to your tablet).

In this guide...

Find your reading material.

Some may be provided by your lecturer, some you will need to find yourself. This can be done on your mobile device or your computer. 

Tips for collecting your readings onto your mobile device.

Different options are available as well as various apps to assist.

Options for Storing and managing your readings.

Some apps will let you collect and store and manage your readings, some will let you annotate and store and manage your readings, and a small number will even let you collect, annotate and store and manage your readings from the one app.

How to annotate your readings.

Highlighting and making notes on documents help you retain what you're reading and return to important sections you want to refer to later.  Different annotation apps are available.

Mobiles Devices for study & Research

student using a tablet device

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