Technology is here to stay, so we might as well accept it and use it to our advantage. So here is a list of apps that I find very useful and that I’d recommend to my fellow college students.
1. ASU Mobile
This is an obvious one if you attend Angelo State University. Regularly updated, it’s very handy. With ASU Mobile, you can access campus maps, student email, a directory of faculty and departments, and you can even pay your bill through the app (no more waiting in line at Student Accounts).
Another one that you should already have, but I guarantee someone out there won’t, is Blackboard. You can use the app to check grades, updates and announcements from your professors. You can also submit assignments through Blackboard, depending on your professor’s preference.
If you’re anything like me, you loathe math with every shred of your being, but unfortunately we all have to take math at some point.
This app sure does help. Mathway is a calculator app that you use through your phone camera. It sees the math problem and solves it, not only giving you the answer but, more importantly, showing you the steps to solve it. Remember, this app is best for helping you out with a hard problem once in a while. Don’t rely on it for your math homework every time or you’ll learn nothing and most likely won’t pass the exams.
4. Easy Bib
Now on the other side of the spectrum, if you like math, there’s a good chance you’re not too fond of English. This one’s for you. Easy Bib is an app that automatically generates bibliographies and citations for your papers or whatever you may need them for. It takes something gross and tedious and makes it a lot easier.
College is a time when we are forced to learn how to balance multiple things at once. That can be difficult to do without forgetting something now and again. Well, there’s an app for that.
Studious is a planner for your homework, quizzes, exams, projects, papers or anything you’d like it to help you remember. It will remind you when you get close to the due date of the given assignment at hand. Just enter your class, class time, professor, assignments, etc., and it will not only remember, but also remind you.
Now here’s one that we should keep between me and you. Scratch that, just don’t tell the Bookstore I told you.
Chegg is an app for renting and buying textbooks and e-books. Obviously, there are lots of choices on where to get your books, and the ASU Bookstore is a good option. But in my experience, Chegg can potentially save you some money. And you avoid having to wait in line as well.
Do you ever have trouble staying organized and getting things done? Well, this app is for you. You can easily make check lists, to-do lists, or any kind of list your organization-craving heart desires.
Any.do also has alarms to remind you when things need to get done. And it even has a built in snooze button because, let’s be honest, you need some procrastination now and then.
8. Google Drive
Now what kind of apps blog post would this be if we didn’t mention Google at least once? Well, here you go. Google Drive is a storage app that you can access on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. No matter what kind of device you use, you can never have too much storage, so check out this app out.
This one is somewhat self-explanatory. The simple fact is, we have to define words sometimes, and who wants to use an actual dictionary? Not me.
I just realized this might be the only app that has “.com” in the name, even though it’s available as an app. Interesting. Also, if you take the time to look at my picture above, you just learned a new word. You’re welcome.
On this app you can find both short and in-depth summaries of most of the books you have to read for English classes. The app also has study guides, notes and even quizzes you can use to further learn the material.
This app came in handy for me throughout high school. Those days, I would get to class and realize that we had a reading of some kind due. Without panicking, I would be off in this app trying to learn as much as I could about a book without actually reading it. Thanks, Cliff. (I would still recommend reading assigned material for a higher grade, however.)
Some people study best using flash cards. If that’s the case for you, then take a look at this app. Quizlet allows you to master your classes by making, sharing, saving, and doing pretty much anything else you might want to do with flashcards.
12. Sleep If U Can
Last but not least, here’s one that I had not heard of until I did research for this blog. Sleep If U Can is an app that basically serves as an alarm for the mornings, except here’s the catch, you can’t just turn it off in a normal fashion. You pre-set it to have you do something like shake your phone or get up and take a picture of your bathroom sink, and if it’s not a picture of your sink, it won’t turn off. Pretty cool, right?
Download this app and it’ll get you up in the mornings. You may not always be bright and chipper, but you’ll be up, nonetheless.
We have so much more access to technology than any other generation has had, so let’s not let it go to waste. And if you have other apps that you’ve found helpful as a student, please share them below in the comments.