For many of us, our first-year of vet school could be very challenging and overwhelming. It might take a few weeks to get adjusted to a new learning environment and find out what are the best digital tools to succeed. I would say my IPad was one of my best friends and get the most of it. My first IPad was an old version but still made my vet life a little bit easier. Today, I wanted to share with you four of my favorite apps and how they will help you in your journey in vet school.
Notability is a great application and one that I used the most for taking take notes. You can type, or write notes with your Apple Pencil and then organize them into folders. It also lets you record audio and take notes at the same time which saves a lot of time. Then, you can convert your notes into PDF format and also attach the audio files.
Be Focused is another great application and it will help you to keep yourself on track. It lets you divide your daily tracks by work intervals, take short and long breaks. I like how it showed me charts of my daily tasks so I can see how much I accomplished daily or weekly. You can create several task intervals of 40 minutes for studying or painting. Then, you can take short breaks of 5 minutes without the need of using a timer.
Kindle from Amazon is one of my favorites and it’s a good option for those who don’t like to read paper books like me. You can download veterinary books that you rent or buy, highlight important things, or share quotes by copying, printing, and saving them. I love renting digital books and I recently got one for less almost 20 bucks.
Calm is a good application to practice mindfulness as a vet student and to take control of your stress. It has a lot to offer from mood check-ins, breathing exercises, stretch exercises, music to focus, or sleep stories to fall sleep. I know how hard it is to deal with anxiety and stress in vet school so I highly recommend to always take care of your mental health. No matter how busy is your vet schedule or daily routines.