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The Ultimate Guide to Student Apps

We live in a digital world where you can achieve academic success from long distance learning courses, professionally connect with people across the globe and socialise online. The student experience has been changed by our digital world, and today’s blog outlines the best apps to enhance your college experience. From finding a date to making new friends, keeping your focus to taking better notes, this Ultimate App Guide for Student Survival outlines the smartphone apps no student should live without!

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NOTE TAKING

Taking notes is an essential part of any college course, and there is no greater note taking app than Evernote. Evernote is the most widely used study app, and for good reason. The app syncs all your college work to an online account so you’re always connected with resources to study.Evernote now has over 100 million total users, which is the equivalent of the population of the UK and Spain COMBINED!

  • Evernote
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free (premium subscription available)

STUDYING

It’s no secret that studying comes hand in hand with being a student… the hint is in the name. BenchPrep is an interactive course library with hundreds of practice questions, flashcards, in-app purchases and almost 600 study lessons. According to a survey students see an average score improvement of 16% on BenchPrep.

  • BenchPrep
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

READING

Any student will tell you that textbooks can be ridiculously expensive. Chegg offers you the option to rent online versions of your books for less. You can search by title, author or ISBN! Easy! A survey carried out on users of Chegg found that 8 in 10 students said using Chegg better prepared them for exams.

  • Chegg
  • Cost: Free, but books cost money
  • Platform: IOS, Android & desktop

 

WRITING

Essay writing is a taxing process, and even just having to type out your words can be time consuming. Dragon Dictation uses accurate voice recognition software to let you speak and instantly see your words in text. Write essays with ease, and update your social networks with speech.There is approximately a 500% gain based on time spent speaking vs. typingso  you’ll get more time to spend on the things you love.

  • Dragon Dictation
  • Platform: iOS
  • Price: Free

 

REFERENCING

Referencing is an exhausting process, and often carried out last once you’ve written a report. EasyBib generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style by scanning a book’s bar code or by entering the title. The app also lets you easily email and export the bibliographies to yourself. A third of undergraduates admit to paraphrasing/copying a few sentences from an internet source without referencing it.

  • EasyBib
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

 

SCHEDULING

Keeping on top of your schedule is essential, and iStudiez keeps track of your class schedule, assignments and grades. The app will even tell you what score you need to get on the next test or assignment to stay on track toward your final desired grade for the class.The Journal of Educational Psychology published a study that concluded that time-management practices influence college achievement.

  • iStudiez
  • Platform: iOS, Mac
  • Price: Lite version is free, pro is £1.99

 

CALCULATIONS

Avoid the headache that comes with complex complications! The Wolfram Alpha reference app uses its supercomputing abilities to quickly generate answers to any and all your research questions.Using Wolfram Alpha, you can upload images and see how dogs see the world or how the colour blind see the world.

  • Wolfram Alpha
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: ‎£1.99

 

AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS

We live in a digital world, and some of us have become reliant on checking our phones frequently. Don’t ever be distracted by your phone again with Studious. Input your class schedule and the app will silence your phone during those hours.The average person does it 110 times a DAY and up to every 6 seconds in the evening!

  • Studious
  • Platform: Android
  • Price: Free (£.99 ad free)

 

MANAGING FINANCES

Managing finances is one of the biggest stressors for students, and 3 in every 4 work part time to fund their college lifestyles.Grub, drinks, books, fees, the facets of college life add up quickly! Mint is a web and mobile app that helps you keep track of your spending.

  • Mint
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

 

FINDING ROMANCE

Whether you’re looking for a fun date or true love Tinder can help the process. Tinder allows users to swipe yea or nay in your area and connect on a mutual yea. While the pure hook-upiness of the app is immediate to anyone, actual traditional dates abound on the site as well.Tinder CEO Sean Rad says more than 15 million match on Tinder every day.

  • Tinder
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

 

MEETING UP

College is a time to be social, make friends and enjoy your life. In fact, having a strong friend network helps you live longer! Those who have a large network of friends outlive those with the fewer friends by 22%. MeetUp allows you to find, meet, and organize with fellow enthusiasts in your area who have a shared interest. Looking for some buddies to go canoeing with? MeetUp can help!

  • MeetUp
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

 

CAREER BUILDING

You’re studying toward a purpose, and that is to enter the professional world. LinkedIn is a way to keep in touch with employers and co-workers at internships, but perhaps more importantly it allows you to meet new people based on similar interests or those who attend your college or university.There are over 39 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic.

  • LinkedIn
  • Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
  • Price: Free

FINDING FOOD

It’s no secret that the college experience is associated with eating take out, and it couldn’t be easier than ever before. Punch in your postcode and the Just Eat app finds a range of takeaways near you. The app allows you to filter takeaways by customer rating and your preferred cuisine and you can pay securely on your card!More than 50% of Just Eat’s orders in the UK now come from a mobile device, and a third of those from an app.

  • Just Eat
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free
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