Today, more than 70 percent of students use smartphones, and with the thousands of available apps out there, why not find a few to make life as a student easier? Here’s a list of 10 apps that can help make things a little easier for students, to help with homework, organization, money management, shopping and even better health.
Evernote can help students keep track of everything. With this app, students can take notes for class, and even download app plugins that will allow them to draw arrows and sketches to help them remember visually or clip bits from favorite websites. Evernote allows users to make lists, pin information to a map, and even sync their notes and other information across multiple devices, including phones, tablets, computers, and on the web. Evernote has a free version, or a premium version for $5 a month.
StudyBlue allows students to create flashcards for any subject, or choose from already made flashcards created by other users. There are over 200 million user-generated sets to choose from. StudyBlue also allows users to operate the app in either study mode, or quiz mode, which will even score students on how they are doing. StudyBlue can also sync with Evernote, to make creating flashcards directly from class notes even easier.
RealCalc is a full-featured scientific calculator for Android devices. It handles fractions and unit conversions with configurable digit grouping and decimal points. Algebraic equations? No problem. Trigonometry functions can be calculated in degrees, radians or grads and the app can calculate binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbers if it is enabled in the settings. It also has full built-in help, but to rotate and see both landscape and portrait views, students will need to buy the premium version. This free app could save students a little cash if they are taking classes that require a scientific calculator.
EasyBib makes citing sources easy, with features allowing students to cite sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, AMA, ASA, Harvard, Author-Date, CSE and ACS by simply scanning the book’s bar code or entering the title. Students can also cite websites by entering in the URL. Citations can then be emailed or exported to an easy-to-use format, and previously created citations can be stored in a database where they can be easily accessed for future use. EasyBib is available free for both Android and iPhone.
When you input your class schedule, Studious will automatically change your phone’s ring settings to silent mode during class. This way, students never have to worry about embarrassing themselves or irritating their classmates when their phone rings in class. Studious can also remind students about important dates such as due dates for assignments and exams, and it allows students to save their notes.
Mint is a great app to help students keep track of their personal finances. This free app can help track bank accounts, credit cards and student loans all in one place. It will automatically organize spending into categories like rent, gas, and groceries to shows users where their money is going using easy-to-read graphs. With many students operating on a tight budget, Mint can also help them set spending and savings goals, and create a budget they can stick to. It even allows users to set reminders to pay monthly bills.
Snap2PDF is an inexpensive app that can be downloaded for $1.99 from the iStore. It allows users to use their iPhone to snap a picture of any class handout or whiteboard notes, and save it as a PDF. Users can capture and create multipage documents and also easily share documents with friends. Students with Android can find a similar app called YouCam Snap-Camera Scan to PDF.
7 Minute Workout
Students often have busy schedules and finding time to exercise can be difficult. 7 Minute Workout lets users get a quick, high-intensity workout based on 12 different exercises that require only a chair, a wall and the user’s own body weight. These workouts are based on an article from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, and research done by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. This free app is available on both iPhone and Android.
RedLaser lets users shop smarter by finding the best prices. This app allows students on a tight budget to store all of their rewards cards in one place, compare prices, and even find local stores nearby where items can be purchased. Users can scan an item’s barcode to get the best deal, comparing prices from local stores as well as online sellers. This app will also let users save items on a list to track when and where they will go on sale, letting them get the benefit of the best possible price.
The Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) app has been nicknamed the World’s Most Annoying Alarm App. For students who spent the night before staying up late studying, this app is sure to get sleepy students out of bed for those early morning classes. To turn off the alarm, users must either shake their phone, or physically get out of bed and take a picture of the place shown on the screen, which users will add during the app setup. Alarmy is available for free on Google Play, or $1.99 on iTunes.