8 Back to School Apps for Navigating College

Aug 5, 2013 apps, groupon, mobile, 2 Comments
8 Back to School Apps For Navigating College


Summer is almost over and class is back in session. You’ve bought your books, your school supplies, way too much to decorate your dorm room with and your meal plan is charged and ready for consumption. But did you think about how some back to school apps could make your life as a student easier?

With so much to handle in college, anything to help you stay organized and on track is critical. These back to school apps are your key to navigating college with ease.

Back to School Apps for the Classroom and Studying

The best part about going to college now is that you live in the era of technology. There is something to help you with any task you could dream of.

When it comes to college, attending classes and studying can be enough to make anyone’s head spin. Thankfully, there are some back-to-school apps that will help you excel at both.

Flashcards+ (Free)

Flashcards - Back to School AppsFlashcards+ is an app designed at Harvard University, so clearly it is meant for students — and you don’t need an Ivy League degree to use it. This app gives you access to millions of pre-made flash cards for any topic you can think of and if you don’t find what you’re looking for — you can create your own!

This app is particularly great for those individuals taking language classes, as it has a human quality synthesis voice that can pronounce words in 22 languages (“de nada” — that’s “you’re welcome” in Spanish).

If you’re worried that your cards will always be in the same order — don’t! All you have to do is shake your phone to shuffle your cards and the search function lets you search for anything you might need to study more closely.

MyScript Calculator (Free)

MyScript Calculator is like the best calculator you never knew existed! Seriously, when you see this thing you’re not going to look at your TI-whatever again. Simply use your finger to write out your equation and MyScript calculates it and converts it to text. Not to mention you can actually save past equations for future reference.

MyScript Calculator - Back to School Apps

Super Note: Recorder, Notes, Memos ($2.99)

Super Note - Back to School Apps

Let’s be honest, when it comes to taking notes, you most likely take so many that you forget what notes belong to what topic and if you use loose paper, you’re in trouble.

Super Note is one of the best back-to-school apps that will help you keep all your notes organized and in order. This app has the ability to allow you to color code your notes which is perfect for individuals who want to know which notes belong to which class or lecture.

You can set alerts on your notes, which act as a to-do reminder. For those individuals who are audio learners or just like to record the lecture to make sure they get everything, this app allows you to insert recordings into your notes. You can even take written notes, while recording or listening to a recording.

 

Apps to Keep You Healthy and Happy

In order to perform well in class, you must keep yourself both healthy and happy. This means taking care of your body by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. You must also take care of your mind — making sure you give yourself some time to relax and unwind. These two apps will help you take care of both.

Relax Melodies: White Noise for Sleep, Meditation & Yoga (Free)

Relax Melodies -- Back to School AppsLet’s face it, if you’ve ever spent time in a dorm, you know exactly how loud things can get. Relax Melodies is a great app that will help you drown out unwanted noise — helping you relax or sleep peacefully. There are 46 relaxing sounds from ocean to city ambiance.

There is even white noise if you just want to drown out the background, so that you can study.

WebMD — Trusted Information for Your Health and Wellness (Free)

When you live in a dorm, you will undoubtedly pick up a bug at some point. WebMD is your resource for all things feeling under the weather. WebMD provides you with information on how to treat the common cold or flu. It also has a symptom checker, so you can cross reference your symptoms with commonly associate illnesses.

However, one benefit of college is that most have on campus health centers. If you’re not feeling well make sure to visit yours.

 

Apps for Maintaining Your Social Life

All work and no play makes us all a little boring and crazy. So make time for relaxation and fun. Undoubtedly, socializing with friends is the best way to unwind and let go of some steam from a week of class. The following are two apps that will help you have fun during your time out!

OPENTable - Back-to-School Apps

OpenTable (Free)

There is nothing like going out with a group of friends to grab food before a night out and then having to wait in line for an hour to be seated.

OpenTable is a great App that allows you to book dinner for you and your friends at your favorite restaurants.

If you sign up to be a member, you can earn points to pay for future meals — the best part is it’s free to join.

 

Groupon and Living Social (Both Free)

These two apps are great to help you find fun and cheap entertainment if you don’t know what to do.

Groupon - Back-to-School Apps

Consider looking at the available concerts or events going on in your area and be happy that you don’t have to spend a fortune on them.

They’re also great to help you find deals on local dinning, which means you can test out some restaurants you haven’t been to before.

These back to school apps will help make your time in college much more organized and relaxed. Start using these apps today and you’ll be juggling classes and your social life like a pro. Good luck on your school year! 

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Melissa Van Dover

Melissa Van Dover is obsessed with her suite of Mac products and regularly scours Amazon for the next best book. She enjoys accomplishing her goals and leverages her digital lifestyle to do so.

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2 Comments

  • Kevin

    GoodReader is a great app for college because you can read PDF text books, mark them up, save them to cloud, etc. Professors can use auto sync to electronically dole out papers and can use that same feature to automatically retrieve the marked-up papers.

    • Melissa Van Dover

      Thank you for the recommendation Kevin. GoodReader sounds like a great app for college students. I think the ability to mark up text books could help all of us stay more organized. Also, eBook versions of text books tend to be significantly cheaper which helps everyone save money.

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