As I finished my freshman year, I had some time to reflect on my college experience as a whole and what worked and what didn’t in terms of making my life as a student easier. After my first few weeks in college, I realized that I could use my phone to automate some of the stuff I was going to do manually anyways and boost my productivity. I have tried and found the apps that have proved to be the most useful in keeping my sanity and I hope they prove to be useful for you too.
Without further ado, here’s my top 10 list of apps to help you survive college:
Forest is by far one of my favorite apps for focus and productivity. Not only does it help you resist the temptation to use your phone, but it also helps you do some good in the process. The more time you spend focusing on your tasks, the bigger the tree you get to plant in your forest. As you populate your forest with trees of various kinds and track your progress, the coins you collect can be used to plant a tree in real life!
This neat little app kills two bird with one stone. I use it on a daily basis to track all of my assignments and test dates as it lets you add tasks to your to-do list and lets you check them off as you go. Not only that but it lets you repeat your daily (or weekly) activities so you can remove the uncertainty of forgetting to add a repetitive task the next time.
College has a way of making staying healthy hard if you don’t pay attention. Keeping track of what you eat throughout the day and setting goals are made easy with MyFitnessPal. This app also allows you to track your protein, fruits, and vegetable servings and water intake.
4. Khan Academy
I cannot stress enough how much Khan Academy has saved my life. As a STEM major, I’ve come across difficult topics where the professor’s explanation simply does not suffice. Khan Academy provides the easy to understand insights and tutorials of many topics you could come across in STEM classes, especially those topics that stumps all students.
Studies have shown that memory recall is the best form of studying. Quizlet makes this form of studying as easy as possible with its online flash cards. Most of the time you might be able to find a pre-made set of flash cards to quiz yourself with or to learn by playing one of Quizlet’s memory games.
6. Tiny Scanner
Never lose a syllabus or handout again! Use Tiny Scanner to keep track of everything with your phone or tablet. This app allows you to take a picture of a document and create a PDF with a scanned-looking version of the page. It also allows you to email or save into Evernote, Google Drive, or your Camera Roll.
Keep track of your budget and your spending with Mint. With a clean interface and great graphics, the app allows you to visualize how much money you have for the month and where it’s going. Mint will let you know when you’ve reached the limit you’ve set for a specific category, such as food or entertainment. It’s a great app to use if you’re like me and tend to overspend.
If you haven’t made a LinkedIn account yet, I suggest you get to it! It’s never too early to begin networking, even if it’s your first semester in college. The app makes it easy to keep up with your connections and your profile, which you have to keep tending to every once in a while. It’ll pay off when you begin your job and internship searches later on.
Keeping track of your stuff is made easier with Evernote. It creates a space for all of your notes, handouts, syllabi, and other class tidbits to go in. Making multiple notebooks for each class makes studying for midterms and finals much easier because you have everything in one place. Not only that but all of your stuff is available on any device anywhere (given your username and password of course). Pair this with Tiny Scanner and you’re on the right track.
10. Good Mornings
It’s important to have as good a night’s rest as possible, however college can make that hard with the weird hours you might spend studying at night. This app allows you to keep track of your sleep cycles and lets you know when your optimal wake up time is to make sure you wake up feeling rested.