If there’s one thing college students love, it’s when things are ‘optimized for mobile’ (AKA they can be done from the couch). Did you ever consider that maybe you’d be more productive in class if only your classes were more supportive of the fact that your iPhone is glued to your palm? Truth be told, there are plenty of apps available for iPhone and Android that make being a college student a lot easier – even if you haven’t discovered them yet.
Okay, so you probably already know about Google and its empire of applications that is slowly taking over the world. But here’s the genius thing about Google Docs: you can access it on any device. You can start writing a paper on your laptop then continue it later in the computer lab. You can jot down some notes or edits from your phone then show it to your mom on her tablet. It’s all the functionality of Microsoft Word, but way more convenient – and you can even run it offline. If you don’t have these invaluable Google apps, now is the time (or, you know, next time you’re connected to WiFi).
In the same vein as Google Docs, Google Drive allows you to share documents and spreadsheets while granting others permission to edit. Collaborating on group projects is super easy, and it’s also a great way to get your peer-reviewing homework done on the go.
When you’re studying for exams, there seems to be not enough hours in the day. Unless, of course, you take your studying with you. This app – available for desktop, Android, and iPhone – lets you make flashcards and access them from anywhere. Sure, you can take paper flashcards on the bus, but you’ll inevitably lose a few in the bottom of your bag…if you remember to bring them at all. You can also keep flashcards in ‘stacks’ for different subjects. Easily commit your study material to memory!
No one likes working on group projects, but Trello makes it somewhat less painful. It allows you to create different lists of things that need to be done, and you can assign them to different people. That way, you’ve got your own to-do list, and once you finish your part of a project, you can assign it to the next person who needs to look at it. It allows you to organize by what you need “To-Do,” what you’re “Doing,” and what’s been “Done” for great at-a-glance management.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the “Pomodoro” method, a way of studying in which you work for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break. This technique has been proven to encourage people to get more done without slacking off – knowing that you can take a break and do whatever you want after your 25 minutes is up makes you get more done. It also controls the amount of time you spend “resting your eyes.” The Tomato Timer helps you keep track, and with a few uses, you’ll be surprised at your new-found productive self.