Digital study tools

Deakin students have access to many online study tools and programs. Here is a list of essential links, as well as a selection of some of our favourite free online tools.

Deakin's digital study tools

  • If you are new to Deakin, make sure you review the Digital Tools section of UniStart, which provides an overview of the tools most used by Deakin students (DeakinSync, unit sites, Turnitin, Skype for Business).
  • Use the Deakin assignment planner to prepare a schedule for your next assignment.
  • Deakin students can access a range of free software via the Deakin software library. Includes Microsoft office applications, media tools, accessibility software, and much more.
  • Students also have free access to Lynda.com, which has thousands of video tutorials covering the latest software, as well as creative and business skills. Develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and much more. Sign in with your Deakin username and password.
  • Have a question about your Deakin password, WiFi or printing? Ask IT Help


More free tools

Planning

Plan, organise and share your ideas with online mind maps, study planners and flash cards.

  • GoConqr
    Build mind maps or create flashcards, quizzes, a study planner and notes. Set up a study group for collaborative assignments. Free.
  • Mindomo
    Create, view and share mind maps. A limit of 3 mind maps in free version. Available on all platforms.
  • Padlet
    Create notes on a topic and post them to a "wall", then invite others to collaborate. Notes can be pictures, documents, links, video or text. Great for group planning. Works on all platforms. Free.

Revising

Create your own study resources for exam preparation.

  • ExamTime
    Build mind maps, or create flashcards, quizzes, a study planner and notes. Set up a study group for collaborative assignments. Free.
  • StudyBlue
    Create flashcards, quizzes and notes, or explore what other users have made. iOS and Android apps available. Free.
  • Quizlet
    Create flashcards and quizzes.  iOS and Android apps available. Free.

Find out more about exam preparation.

Note taking

Organise your documents, web readings and notes in the cloud.

  • Microsoft OneNote
    Archive notes, PDFs and other files, including images, audio and webpages. Sync across all your devices. Tag your items for easy searching and access. Easy-to-use colour tabs and quick styles for formatting. OneNote works best with Windows and Microsoft products. Free for Mac and Windows. Download as part of MS Office 2013 via the Deakin software library.
  • Evernote
    Archive notes, PDFs and other files including images, audio and webpages. Sync across all your devices. Tag your items for easy searching and access. Evernote has more sharing options than MS OneNote. Free and paid versions. Also available as iOS/Android app.
  • Foxit Reader
    View, create, annotate and organise your PDFs. Free. Windows only.
  • Deakin students have free access to Office 365, one of the Deakin Anywhere applications. Work on documents across all devices. Students have access 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive.

Find out more about note taking.

Referencing

You should always refer to your unit guide and the Deakin referencing guide for correct referencing details. Here are some time saving tools to help you generate a citation for your next assignment.

  • Cite this for me
    Search for your source and generate a citation in your preferred style. Free.
  • Microsoft Word
    You can use Microsoft Word to create in-text citations, footnotes and reference lists or bibliographies. Search 'Help' in your version of MS Word for more details.

For HDR students
See this library resource on reference management tools recommended for research students. Also check out this library guide using EndNote.

Collaborating

Deakin has made collaboration with your classmates even easier. Work with your study group, share ideas and complete group assignments online using these collaborative tools. Free to all Deakin students - see the software library for further details.

  • Office Online allows you to work in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on any device.
  • OneDrive provides cloud-based document storage. Share documents and media files. Work on the same document simultaneously.
  • DeakinSync Communities is social media platform with private and public student groups.
  • Outlook web app allows you to easily access your mail and calendar on any platform.
  • Skype for Business is a videoconferencing tool that allows you to present, screen share and collaborate on documents. Simply create a Skype for Business meeting via your Outlook calendar.

Visit UniStart to find out more about these tools.

Presenting

Need an alternative to PowerPoint? Explore these free presentation tools.

  • Prezi
    This online tool creates interactive non-linear presentations. Include images, videos and mind maps. Free version available. Present from any browser and syncs across all devices.
  • Haiku Deck
    Choose from a library of themes or import your own images to create simple, visual presentations and share online. Free. Create via any browser or use iPad app.
  • Jing
    Use this free screen capture tool to record and narrate over any program on your desktop. Share with others via a generated URL. Free. Apple and Windows versions available.

Find out more about giving oral presentations.

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