Using your phone during school may not be typically associated with academic success, but these apps are here to change that. Here are four apps that some teachers and students are using to stay focused and succeed.
Have you ever wanted a reward for not being on your phone during class? With the app Pocket Points, you can get rewarded with free food and sales on local and chain businesses for simply not being on your phone. Pocket Points is an app created to keep students off their phone during class hours. It’s available for almost all touch screen phones and has four simple steps. Download the app, make an account, choose your school and turn your phone screen off. Every hour that you’re off your phone, you earn two points which can easily start adding up with the option of gaining 14 points per day.
Unlike the app Pocket Points, Offtime doesn’t force you completely off your electronics, but it does filter what you can and can’t see. With this app, available for phones and computers, you can filter notifications from friends and social media apps that could be distracting while working. This allows you to work distraction free, or just stop you from occasionally glancing at your phone when you’re with family or friends. Offtime also tracks what apps you spend most of your time on and how often you’re on your phone. This app is currently only available for iOS and An- droid users.
If you have a hard time separating yourself from your phone, FlipD is the app for you. It’s a more aggressive approach to going off the grid. Flipd lets you lock your phone for a certain period of time, and once you set the lock time there’s no going back. Even restarting your phone won’t disable the app, so it’s impossible for you to cheat. Another feature that’s helpful is that other users can shut off your phone. This could help during group projects to make sure teammates are focused. FlipD is currently only available for Android users.
Moment isn’t as extreme as other apps, however it’s still very effective. Moment is a new iOS app that allows you to track your device usage and lets you set daily limits of screen time. If having a self timer with an alert isn’t enough, you can also use a setting that “forces” you off the app by sending repetitive alerts telling you that you’ve gone over screen time. These continuous alerts encourage users to turn off their phone and get back to life.