Mobile or tablet apps are a way of life. That includes student life.
These days, going to college means a lot more than just registering for classes and turning in assignments. Whether you’re in school now or about to start college for the first time, you’ll want to download the best apps onto your smartphone or tablet to help you stay focused, learn better and keep track of your activities.
With thousands of apps available for all of the major devices ranging from creative games to top-of-the-line planners, finding the right apps for college can be a bit overwhelming. Here are five essential apps that will help you make the most of your college experience.
Going to Class
What happens when you get to class and realize you’ve forgotten a crucial essay? Fortunately, you have Dropbox, and you can quickly email a copy of your paper directly from your phone to your professor’s inbox. Dropbox, developed by Dropbox, Inc., allows you to sync all of your devices together so that you always have the files you’ve uploaded at your disposal. You can download the free version and get 2 gigs of space, or you can upgrade if you need more.
Keeping up with your classes and social events can be frustrating. Available through the Google Play Store, Schedule Planner by Intersog offers an incredible way to manage your daily life with interactive calendars and helpful graphs to chart your progress. The pro version is $3.99, but you can still get lots of helpful features from the free version as well.
Many college kids struggle to keep up with their finances during school just because there’s so much going on. Just like in real life.
Many students have turned to renting online textbooks to help save money while attending classes. Find a company that offers an app to download. The CourseSmart mobile app, for instance is available on iPad, Kindle and Android. Once you download the app you will be able to rent your textbooks much cheaper than buying them along with having access to all your etextbooks in one convenient location.
From holiday bashes to personal achievements, you’ll want to keep track of all of your social endeavors, which are arguably as important as all those pesky math classes you have to take. When you want to set goals and share them with your friends, check out the free Everest app available on iOS. You can enter in dreams and set steps to achieve them, then share these dreams with like-minded souls. From climbing mountains to writing your first novel, Everest helps make these extraordinary tasks both achievable and rewarding.
You’ll probably want some music now and then to soothe your mind and relax as you cram for that midterm essay exam. Available for free on both Apple and Android devices, Songza by Songza Media, Inc. takes listening to music to a whole new level. You can choose by genre and artist as with traditional music apps, but you can also browse by activity and mood. The app will even help you figure out what you want to hear and develop a customized playlist by asking some amusing questions about your preferences.
With so many assignments to keep up with, parties to plan and events to attend, you’ll be glad you had an extra hand when it comes to keeping everything together. As a 21st century college student, you have access to a wide range of helpful technologies, and you’ll perform much better with this arsenal of must-have apps at your disposal.