With summer vacation coming to an end, college students all over the country are getting ready to get back into the scholastic frame of mind. Whether you’re a freshman or kicking off senior year, sometimes you need a little digital assistance to transition back into school-mode. Check out some of our top picks for apps guaranteed to make this your best year yet.
I can personally vouch for the wonderful note-taking ability of Evernote. Aside from having an easy way to manage notebooks and categories, it automatically syncs and updates your app on any device you use.
It’s been proven that writing things by hand helps with memorization, and Notability combines that with the convenience of digitally storing your notes. Combine your own writing with typing, images and anything you need for a successful semester.
The next time you sit down to write a research paper, download Pocket first. The app lets you store websites and links that can be later viewed offline, creating a neat reference folder you can access anywhere.
Group projects are the bane of any college student’s existence. Help guarantee cooperation by using Google Drive: see documents edited by members in real time, and avoid the fear of losing flash drives since everything is stored digitally within the drive itself.
Dropbox should be your best friend for file saving. It seamlessly updates the app from your desktop to your phone, so any assignments or project photos can be quickly found and uploaded (within the huge amount of free storage you get when you sign up).
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I think I owe most of my college success to StudyBlue. The app’s format makes creating and organizing flashcards super easy, and you can search via specific classes to create a collaborative study community.
If you have a jumble of jotted-down notes that need to be organized, skip the hand strain and try out Dragon Dictation: an app that digitally transcribes the notes that you read out loud.
The easiest way to study is when everything (including your schedule) is kept in one place, and that’s where inClass comes into play.
When all else fails, turn to SelfControl. The app lets you select and block different websites to keep you on the right track. Goodbye, social media.
Sell unwanted items to make money, and get great deals on secondhand necessities: have you downloaded the Krrb mobile app yet? It’s a great way to connect with the campus community!
The easiest way to save money is for it to be done for you. Digit automatically moves small amounts (like the price of an iced coffee) into an account for you each week, making it easy to boost your savings without noticing.
Mint creates personalized budget plans with regular updates that can give you complete control over your spending and savings.
If you’re going out, spend your money smartly. The Groupon app gives you automatic access to the best deals in your area.
Want something even easier? Set a daily budget, and after entering purchases, Left To Spend provides a clear way to track what you have left in your digital wallet.
Health & Fitness
Whether you have a short break between classes or downtime before going out at night, you can find time to fit in The 7 Minute Workout. Simply designed and with 72 exercises to switch up your routine, the Freshman Fifteen will be nothing but an urban legend.
Want to make a change but aren’t sure where you should start? SimpleSteps offers a clear path to improving your lifestyle: good habits like drinking more water pave the way to better living, no diet required!
Skip the junk food and take Mom’s cooking to school with you: Cookpad is like a social media sharing site for recipes, where you can follow your favorite cooks, upload recipes and get helpful feedback from the community.
When you have only a few ingredients on hand and aren’t sure what to make, browse Yummly‘s extensive library of customizable recipe searches. You’ll be surprised how far a pack of ramen can go.
To track and improve your overall health and lifestyle, try Fooducate. Check out health ratings for food items before your next grocery run, track your health, and enjoy the support of Fooducate’s health-positive community.
Have any other essential college apps? Let us know in the comments!