Apps to Help You Survive School
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I'm sure we can all name a few things that we view as lifelines to surviving physical therapy school. Family, friends, food, classmates, those are all obvious. But what about technology? We've all got smartphones or tablets, and those can really come in handy as study tools and clinical resources.
We've asked current PT and PTA students what smartphone and tablet apps have helped them through school and throughout their clinicals.
Quizlet, Pandora, NPTE app, and essential anatomy
- Jenny T.
Clinometer (Android) or just the compass for iOS for taking range of motion.
- Alan F.
Essential Anatomy. I have it on my iPad and it's been very handy for patient interactions so far.
- Katy J.
Essential Anatomy is making gross anatomy much easier for me.
- Parker P.
I have complete anatomy on my iPad and I enjoy it because I can select multiple things at once, then view them in isolation.
- Heather M.
Notability to take notes and Brainscape for flashcards
- Danielle K.
For some classes that don't require visual aids, I record the audio of the lectures. The weeks leading up to the test, I just put my headphones on when I'm cleaning or working out and, voila, I'm magically studying.
- Rahul R.
I use a platform called BlueJay Engage for my patients' home exercise programs. It's a video format program that you can customize. It also has a messaging service, so patients can contact you when you're not in the office. Keeps the patient experience close.
- Nick S.
30/30, you can set a list of tasks you want to get done (eg, study chapter 1, write intro to essay) and the amount of time you allot for each, and it works as a time management tool. You can add and subtract time for each, but it helps keep me on task and prioritize my schedule.
- Amelia N.
Pandora and Snapchat, because we all need to laugh at times.
- Mark K.
I just picked up PhysioU's app.
- Owen R.
Coach's Eye. We use it in class to help analyze gait. It's also a good visual to show patients.
- Richard K.
Our kinesiology teacher introduced us to Hudl. Great for changing speeds, taking still images, and then drawing angles to measure, when necessary.
- Danielle D.
Complete Anatomy by 3D4Medical
- Nathan S.
School related: iOrtho+ for sure! It breaks down special tests in an easy to study/easy to refresh way.
Life related: Calm. It's perfect for stress breaks or to help you zone out for a quick power nap. Plus, it's got a timer so I can set an allotted amount of "Paige time" and just empty my head while listening to waves crash or rainfall.
- Paige A.
Spotify "peaceful guitar" and jazz playlists are awesome. NPTE PTA for board question review.
- Ky P.
For the free ones, I agree Quizlet, Studystack, and Visible Body Atlas.
- Hayward E.
For the purposes of keeping my own body healthy, Plant Nanny helps me remember to drink enough water, which I'm really bad at.
- Dana W.
Word with friends. Reason: fun and sanity.
- Richard S.
Chess with friends
- Matvey I.
- Elizabeth B.
YouTube comedy skits
- Jennifer M.
- Ben W.
Have an app that helps you survive physical therapy school? Add yours to the comments below.