Tip: Reading List

Imagine if you could continue reading that article you were looking at during breakfast, or do some quick revision on Java – on the tube, without Internet. 

With the reading list feature you can do just that. It’s a really clever option that I found to be useful on a somewhat boring journey to uni. Best of all – there is nothing to set up, not even an iCloud password to enter. 

To get started, open up Safari and begin by opening the site that you want to be able to view offline. Make sure it’s fully loaded. You’ll know it’s fully loaded by the fact the blue bar at the top reaches the end of the URL bar and disappears. 

Tap the share icon, and choose Reading List (it’s the icon with the Steve Jobs glasses). Then wait a few moments for the page to save in the background. You won’t get any visual cues that it’s done, but if you no longer see the spinning wheel at the top of the screen (next to the iPad text), you can assume it’s been saved/added to reading list. 

And that’s it!

To get back to that site, when you’re offline, open Safari and tap the book icon. Choose the glasses icon and you will see all the sites available to you. 

It’s not really going to work for videos and it’s best for sites that have a lot of text rather than images (though it will save images).  Also, the more content on the page, the longer it will take to save. You can check if the page got saved by closing the tab, turning on airplane mode and trying to access the site from your reading list before you make your actual offline journey. 

Give it a try and tell me what you think in the comments!


Tip: “Remind me about this later”

Siri is your built in virtual assistant and it can help you get so many things done, just by asking!

If you’ve never used Siri, you can summon Siri by holding down the home button – and I bet you’ve done that accidentally 10 times 😆

The next time you’re browsing a website, or found a good store near the University of Westminster, and want to be reminded about it later – ask siri to “remind me about this later”.


Siri will save what ever is on the screen as a reminder and remind you to get back to it later on in the day. You’ll see it in the Reminders app, and tapping on the Reminder will take you back to that screen.


Give it a go the next time you want to be reminded about something on your screen 🙂


Tip: Do Not Disturb

When you’re giving a presentation, or in a quiet lecture room, you might wish your iPad didn’t keep annoying you with email or Calendar tones.

The solution is very simple! It’s a feature on the iPad called “Do Not Disturb” and it does exactly that.

You can turn it on via Settings, but the quickest and best way is via Control Centre. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the ‘Moon’ icon.


This will NOT stop notifications coming to your iPad – it will just not light up the screen or play a sound. It only works when your iPad is in sleep mode (locked).

But what if you want to always silence tones and notifications while you’re using the iPad? Maybe you’re doing something that requires full concentration – like understanding Java.

By default, this behaviour is off. To enable it, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and turn SILENCE to ‘Always’. Now you can take lecture notes and not get distracted by Candy Crush notifications. You can get back to your notifications from Notification Centre though.

I showed this to one of my classmates that was turning on Do Not Disturb and he was quite surprised at the fact he wasn’t fully enabling the feature for the times he wanted to use the iPad in peace. He was glad to know about the setting and said he would use it interchangeably between the normal setting and this hidden one.



Tip: Get at something in your inbox before sending an email

If you’ve ever started to type an email on you iPad and then suddenly remember that there is a message in your inbox that you want to take a look at, to get some more information, you can do that using the following tip and you won’t lose sight of your email in progress.

To get started, tap and hold on the top of the new mail message (or email reply) where the email subject sits, then drag it all the way down to the bottom of the iPad screen. As you do this you’ll notice the Mail app Inbox becomes visible


The email has been minimised to the bottom of the screen

While the message has been minimised, you can get at your other emails, copy some text and paste it in to your new email.

When you wish to open and return to the minimized email message, simply tap on the minimized email subject header at the bottom of the Mail app to maximize and re-open the email

This is very useful when you want to email a lecturer and need to quote some text from a previous email!


Tip: Select Text Like A Pro

What do you do if you want to change that random letter in the middle of that work you’re typing on the iPad?

You’d usually tap and hold and then correct it.

If you update your iPad to iOS 9, you can suddenly forget all about that and select and edit text like a pro.

You can  control the cursor on your iPad by simply moving two fingers anywhere on the keyboard to select, edit and move text.

Since I started using this feature, I found it really hard to go back to the old method. My friend caught me using the touch keyboard and has also been using it. He thought that it could only be used to reposition the cursor, but I explained and demonstrated that he can also select text and move it around.

Try it next time you’re typing something.


Tip: Slide Over

The first tip I’m going to share with you is something you won’t be able to live without when you start using it.

If you update to the latest version of iOS on the iPad (Settings > General > Software Update), you’ll be able to use one of the most useful features on iPad.

“Slide over” is a way of using another app, on top of your current one without losing your place. I’ve used this feature countless times in lectures and tutorials to quickly get to my Twitter feed while viewing the lecture slides.


Above: Twitter open on top of Safari

When you’re using an app, such as Safari, simply swipe in from the right edge of the screen to access apps that are compatible with slide over. Not all apps are, but the main ones will be.

You can view the apps that you can use in slide over by sliding it open, then swiping down from the top.

To get out of slide over, just tap the background app. If an app you want to use is not listed, then that means it’s not supported just yet.

Like I mentioned before, this feature is really useful for checking your email or calendar while you’re watching a video or browsing the web. It’s great for taking notes in a lecture where you can have the slides open and Word or Pages on top