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Digital skills

What do other students do?

We asked three Leeds students about the digital tools that they use for study and research, and you can read their responses below.

Why not try out some of the tips mentioned, or ask your friends about their digital practices.

My Digital Life: Sam

Name: Sam

Subject: Social and Political Thought MA

What kind of hardware do you use for your academic work? An old iPad, a desktop computer, and University Library computers.

Got any great apps for study that you'd like to share? EndNote for keeping track of references, and Cold Turkey for productivity management (blocking social media etc. for specific lengths of time).

What do you use online that you hadn't used before coming to uni? Desktop Anywhere gives me access to a lot of programs I don't have at home via the internet, which is very useful.

My Digital Life: Lizzie

Name: Lizzie

Subject: International Health

What kind of hardware do you use for your academic work? I use my desktop computer, my laptop and occasionally my ipad to take notes. I use my laptop to access Desktop Anywhere when I work from home.

Got any great apps for study that you'd like to share? I use Wunderlist to set myself tasks and make to do lists. It's a good app because you can set deadlines and share lists with friends and colleagues.

What do you use online that you hadn't used before coming to uni? I use a lot of online databases such as Medline, Global health and I also use Google Scholar. I save a lot of references to EndNote desktop when working online.

My Digital Life: Valentina

Name: Valentina

Subject: Linguistics

What kind of hardware do you use for your academic work? I used to keep a little netbook that was exclusively dedicated to doing my writing and downloading papers from the Library website. Now I do most of my reading on my iPad, which has solved an enormous storage problem - for years I posted boxes of photocopies to myself every time I moved house...

Got any great apps for study that you'd like to share? I mainly use apps to annotate PDFs, and I rely heavily on cloud storage apps like Dropbox as I always work on multiple devices (and I don't trust any of them). I am still a fan of handwritten notes though so I have never explored note taking apps.

What do you use online that you hadn't used before coming to uni? I think Desktop Anywhere is incredibly useful - besides the m drive, it's great to have access to essential programs (for referencing and statistics, for example) that would otherwise be expensive and take up a lot of space.