With 40 new bird-based games popping up every-other week, it’s only too easy to assume that mobile devices, and the countless apps that accompany them, are anything more than a distraction from the more important things in life.
Students in traditional and online colleges alike have discovered that apps can help us keep our lives organized or go about our studying with greater enthusiasm. Here, in no particular order, are five of the best apps that can help you with school.
We know you’d never dream of betraying your campus bookstore and buying your textbooks elsewhere, so this one is purely hypothetical. Amazon Student is the perfect companion for people who have just enrolled in a new semester and are beginning the daunting task of tracking down the books they’ll need.
Amazon Student lets you easily search for textbooks to find the best price. If your professor has provided you with the ISBN numbers for your assigned texts, you can use them to hunt down low-cost used copies, or you can visit your campus bookstore and start scanning barcodes.
Reminders is a built-in part of Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhone and iPad. It might be easy to ignore it until you realize how useful it can be. Thanks to Siri, you can add reminders with just the press of your Home button – after that, you can ask Siri to remind you about assignments, classes, meetings, shopping trips, and just about anything else – at a set time in the future, or even when you’re in a particular geographical area.
If you’ve ever attended a traditional college you know that you’re going to be doing a lot of walking across campus to print out your assignments. What that means is that you’re going to be making use of a flash drive to ferry your important documents back and forth.
That is, unless you have DropBox. DropBox is a cloud storage provider that starts you off with 5GB of free online storage; you can install it on each of your computers and mobile devices, and access your DropBox folder from any public computer using the online interface. Kiss that worn-out flash drive goodbye.
Evernote has become a favorite app for students enrolled in online degree programs, where they enjoy uninterrupted access to their computer or tablet. Even among traditional students, provided your professor doesn’t mind your using your computer in class, Evernote can feel like a God-send.
Evernote is a suite of productivity tools all rolled into one highly polished app. You can take notes, clip web articles, and even record voice memos. It’s perfect for piecing together everything you need for a research paper, or just recording the bullet points of a class lecture.
It’s only too easy for college students to lost track of their finances during their years at college. Thanks to Mint.com’s mobile and desktop apps, your checking and savings account balances, along with your credit and debit card information, is just a click (or tap) away.
Better still, Mint lets you categorize your spending to provide you with some valuable budgeting tools. One of the most important things we learn at college is fiscal responsibility: a lesson made a great deal easier by Mint.