As I mentioned in my last post, this week is the last week of my third semester at KI. This means that next Monday marks the official start of our master’s thesis! For those of you who plan to write a thesis either this semester or sometime in the future, I want to recommend some free apps that I discovered recently that should help you to streamline your thesis management skills.
- Zotero is the most useful application I’ve encountered for scientific writing so far. This tool is used to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. You can collect sources and citations with the click of a button, and you can format your in-text citations and bibliography using pretty much any citation style. Zotero has already saved me SO much time since I installed it.
- Sunrise Calendar is an amazing and visually appealing electronic calendar that syncs with many applications you may already use, such as Google Calendar, iCalendar, Facebook, Google Tasks, etc. It can be used on almost any device that you can imagine.
- Todoist is an electronic to-do list and task manager. You can set due dates, and if you use it in conjunction with Sunrise Calendar, you can receive notifications about your to-dos even with a free account. Not only can you get Todoist on your phone, computer, or tablet, but it also integrates with your mail client, including Gmail.
- Trello is an app that I just recently discovered. It is kind of like a virtual pinboard to which you can add attachments, due dates that sync with Sunrise Calendar, and checklists. I drew up a board to plan my thesis, which really helps me visualize the process and make a plan for completing it. You can see a sample pinboard for a hypothetical thesis below (click on the image to zoom in):
- RescueTime is a great tool if you want to understand how you use your computer time better and eventually improve your productivity. This application automatically tracks the way you spend time on your computer or phone so that you can keep track of whether you use time productively or not.
Throughout the semester, I’ll have the chance to put these apps to the test. If all else fails, there’s always good old-fashioned coffee to rely on! 😉