Essential Apps // College Students

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We live in the age of apps and all things technology. Recently, I have been testing apps and seeing which ones are especially helpful and convenient for college (and high school) students. I’m only recommending apps that I personally have and use regularly, and only ones that I feel are worth looking into. Here are my findings:

Amazon mobile app (student discount)- You probably either know of or already own this app and most likely use it more than you probably should. However, something you may not know is that your subscription price for amazon prime can be significantly discounted as a student. The regular Prime membership has two options: $99 per year or $10.99 per month. The student discount Prime membership options are: $49 per year or $5.49. So helpful! Amazon also has a selection of textbook options including paperback and digital rentals, and textbook purchase options.Price | app is free - membership costs

Easybib (computer and mobile device)- This app saves so much time on your bibliography and citations when doing your finishing touches on that paper you’ve procrastinated. All you have to do is search your book, website, article, your source of some kind within the app and type in some information. Then easybib generates the information to fit MLA or APA format…AND (bonus) you can save all citations in the app, it will categorize them in alphabetical order, and all you have to do is copy and paste the completed bibliography into your paper. Genius.

Price | free

Blackboard (school portal)- Usually colleges have a school portal of some kind to allow students access to their grades and online assignments. Some  portals have their own app, mine is called Blackboard. Check your school website to see what your school uses, and there might be an easier way to access the portal right from your phone!

Price | free

P. Schedule- Don’t want to carry around a bulky schedule in your already-heavy bag? This app is perfect for you. P. Schedule allows you to insert your classes (and dates) for the semester, with reminders of when they are…just in case you have a terrible memory like me. It also allows you to enter your assignments as well as their due dates with reminders. Because of this app, I haven’t forgotten an assignment, and my procrastination habits have significantly decreased. Super helpful…and it’s FREE, check it out!

Price | free

Kindle (computer and mobile device)- Odds are you probably know what kindle is, but I thought I would mention it anyway because I use it on a regular basis. I have a couple of textbook rentals that I downloaded from amazon, the digital version was much cheaper than the physical version, and I was able to download it right from amazon to my kindle app. This is so helpful because I can categorize my books into folders within the app, making it easier to find my textbooks. This app also allows you to sync your books from your computer to your phone and visa versa. Highly recommend this app for anyone who needs a place to store their e-textbooks.

Price | free

Quizlet (for computer and mobile device)- This one has saved my grades for a very long time. Quizlet is a study app (and website), that allows you to enter your study information (typically terms you need to remember) in multiple different ways. Quizlet provides a variety of study games, e-flashcards and practice tests that are made unique to the information you enter into the website. The app is helpful and very convenient because you have your study material everywhere you go and can study whenever you want. Highly recommend you check this one out!

Price | free - can have a paid membership, but it’s not required (I don’t have one)

Word (usually comes free with school - for computer and mobile device)- Microsoft word, excel, powerpoint, outlook, etc. This bundle of apps came with free access through my school. I’m not sure about every school, but I figure it was worth mentioning because I didn’t know until later in the semester that the school provided these. Normally I just use google drive and evernote (I’ll talk about this in a second) for my notes and assignments, but my professors require .doc/.docx files for every digitally-submitted assignment. So… these apps were kind of essential for me to have. I thought it was so great that the school provided them, and I would highly recommend that you check your school’s website and see what they can offer you!

Price | free

Pocket Points- This is a fun one. Sometimes I sit in class and think of all the things that I could be doing instead of being in that class. It’s easy to get distracted especially in college where it’s easier to get away with being on your phone during class. This app gives you a little motivation for that boring class time, at least I think so. Pocket Points gives you points for leaving your phone locked while you’re in class, that you can use as coupons for free food, discounted clothes, and other awesome essentials. All you have to do is enter in your college campus (you’ll only have to do this once), open the app when you get into class, lock your phone, and start earning points. It’s so simple, yet so great.

Price | free

Evernote (for computer and mobile device)- As mentioned previously, I use Evernote to take notes for my classes. I type faster than I write, and this app is so helpful. I use it for work, my blog, school, grocery lists, and pretty much everything. You can access all of your notes from the computer app and the mobile device app, and you can add multiple account for easier access. What’s nice about this app is that you have “Notebooks” for your main categories (school, blog, groceries, recipes, etc.) and then you add “Notes” within those notebooks with more specific topics (blog posts, daily class notes, weekly grocery lists, etc.). This app is very easy to use and super handy in the long run.

Price | free

Sleep Cycle- The name speaks for itself. Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep pattern, shows you if you snore, and has you set your alarm between a 30 minute period. For example, if you set your alarm for 7:00a, Sleep Cycle will wake you up any time between 6:30-7:00a depending on when you are most awake during that time. It also wakes you up with calming music that gradually increases in volume. So it’s still annoying to make you want to turn it off and get up, but not annoying enough to make you want to throw your phone across the room. This app has been very helpful to me and has allowed me to have a better night’s rest and wakes me up at just the right moment in my sleep pattern that I don’t feel super groggy in the morning. At first I was skeptical about this whole 30min concept, but it really does work and I have found my sleeping habits have improved drastically.

Price | free

Venmo- Ahh college…desperate for money. This app allows users to send money to each other where money is owed. It’s easy, it’s safe, and it doesn’t have any transfer fees. This may sound like a not-so-safe app, but all you have to do is connect your bank/card account to your venmo account (to be able to send money and transfer money to your bank/card) and start sending, requesting, and receiving. No one sees your personal information so it’s completely safe. For instance, if I go grocery shopping for my parents, I can request the amount I spent and they can pay me back that way. Or if I have a roommate and you decide to split the cost of a bill or a piece of furniture, all you would have to do is pay them back through Venmo. Personally, I don’t typically carry cash around with me, so venmo is helpful when you need to pay someone back. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it too.

Price | free

SworkIt- I’ve been so busy these days, ever since college started I have fallen from my workout routine. I was doing so well during the summer, that (until I found this app) I felt so awful about not being able to make workout plans or set aside time to take care of myself in this way. When I happened upon SworkIt everything changed! If you’re just looking for a little bit of guidance, but you don’t want to commit to a gym membership (because let's be honest das esspensif) this is what you need. SworkIt gives you 7 (one for every day of the week) fairly easy, free workouts that you can follow every day to just stay active and healthy. These workouts are ones that you can do right from home, no equipment necessary. If you get really into this and want to further your healthy habits, this app also has a (paid) premium feature (which I do not currently have) that allows you full access to every workout within the app from beginner to advanced (including warm up and cool down). The premium membership has two options: $29.99 billed quarterly or $59.99 billed yearly. There are many other apps like this one, but this is the one that stuck with me.

Price | free - can have a paid membership, but it’s not required (I don’t have one)

Spotify (student discount PLUS hulu)- Spotify is the greatest decision I have ever made. Did you know that, first of all, Spotify has a student discount that will cut your bill in half and, second of all, you will also get hulu with this student membership? Yes, it’s true. Spotify has a student discount that will cut your bill from $9.99 per month to $4.99 per month PLUS you’ll get hulu with this student membership. Can’t believe it’s true? See it for yourself: https://goo.gl/aYPVDP.

Price | app is free - membership costs

If you have any favorite apps that I didn’t mention, please comment them...I would love to try them out!

// kenzie

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