Top 5 apps for college students
This is a guest post by my daughter, Liz! As a student navigating the waves of college, I’d like to provide some helpful apps for students who are as glued to their phones as I am. Below please find my list of the Top 5 apps for college students.
I love using this app to record lectures. A colored tab system allows you to easily organize your recordings by class. While recording, a handy little button allows the user to create a timestamp in your notes when an especially important bit comes up and the clock button allows you to create a reminder of quizzes and exams. When attached to the phone camera, it can also include pictures into the notes.While it does take up a fair bit of storage, the audio quality is great.
As the cost of textbooks continue to go up, students are constantly looking for less expensive methods to get the required reading. Partnered with Barnes & Noble, this app allows you to register textbooks with several devices and access them offline. The cost is reduced and you don’t have to both with trying to sell a physical copy back to the school or online. You also have the ability to highlight in various colors, search for keywords, and add tabs for easy reference.
This app helps organize all of you ‘to-do’s by putting them into categories. You can also go through your calendar and add them by day and it will give you reminders of when things are to be done. Perhaps my favorite feature is when you don’t accomplish a task, it doesn’t just disappear. The app then gives you the option of when you’d like to put it off to without letting you forget about it. Why do today what you can do tomorrow?
Okay, hear me out on this one. Weight gain is incredibly common in college, with pop culture having given it the name ‘The Freshman 15.’ Not only does this app track calories and break down the types of nutrients, but allows the user to set personal goals, such as limiting the number of sodas per week or making sure to eat more veggies. It also creates a social component and allows you to compete or share with friends to keep motivated.
This awesome app allows the user to create and edit documents on any device with wifi at anytime. With the hectic life of college, I often work on essays and articles on my phone whenever I can, be it after class ending early from a test or while eating during a break. Not one to carry around a laptop, this app on my phone or tablet allows me to type to my heart’s desire. It also allows me to edit the document with all the normal tools and saves automatically as I type, not forcing me to worry if it saves when I accidentally close the app. I’m also able to leave comments for the other people editing it, making it extremely useful for group projects.
While this is not an app is has been one of the most useful tools I’ve had. By simply entering the name of your college (or even high school) and the staff and their ratings. These ratings are determined by factors such as helpfulness, clarity, and easiness to formulate the overall quality score. Students can then leave detailed comments regarding their experiences, the grades they earned and what course they took. While of course some of these are merely written by angry students, the comment section can provide great insight as to how to do well in the class. For students working a job or volunteering, a class with a large amount of homework can be a quick path to failure. By finding a teacher that compliments your learning and life styles, college can be far more valuable experience for students. My own personal experience allowed me to find a very special math professor. Ever since I can remember, I told myself I was bad at math which caused me to avoid anything with numbers like it were the plague. After scoring into a very low level math class, I decided to at least find an easy teacher that I could pass with. Instead I found an amazing professor that taught me not just math, but confidence in the subject. She never made me feel stupid for asking a question and would provide examples that taught to all learning styles. Now, I actually even enjoy math when a year ago that was a true 4-letter word to me. By simply looking at a highly recommended professor, I found myself with a completely new outlook and no longer look with dread at my math-heavy science major.
You can find the above apps can be find on iTunes or Google Play.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of the Top 5 apps for college students. What are your favorite apps for college students?