App and website recommendations for online learning

During this new and unprecedented time everyone is trying to figure out how to effectively learn online. There are several apps and websites that can help with that! Here are some of the types of apps that I would recommend to help you out with school. 

1. A password vault that can help you keep track of all of the passwords you need to use. A good one to use that is supported on Windows, Mac, Linux, and many mobile systems is called Last Pass. Last Pass allows you to save and automatically fill in your passwords across any and all devices you have for free. 

2. A browser extension that will allow you to block certain distracting websites and apps, such as social media or streaming services, during school. One that works on both Safari and Chrome web browsers is WasteNoTime. WasteNoTime allows you not only to block distracting websites, but also to specify when and how long you want to let yourself use these websites. 

3. Any kind of mental health check-in app that can help you center yourself and learn to use coping skills. Keeping up with your mental health is especially important right now during quarantine. Mental health apps are a good way to help remind you to take care of yourself. A couple helpful ones that are available on both Android and iOS operating systems are Headspace, Moodpath, and What’s Up? Headspace is an app that will guide you through some simple meditation exercises to ground you in the here and now. Moodpath and What’s Up? are both apps that use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, methods to teach you how to cope when you are feeling anxious, depressed, angry, or stressed. 

4. An app called Habitica that turns accomplishing your goals into a game. This app, which is available for iOS and Android operating systems, allows you to input goals that then turn into monsters to battle. It also allows you to join guilds with other players and complete quests.