Compared to having a job and juggling other responsibilities, college is not necessarily the most stressful time in a person’s life. With that being said, there is no harm in making your collegiate life a little easier. Let your phone do the work for you with these essential apps and save more time for toga parties…and studying.
IFTTT (If This Then That), iOS – A formula app that even a failing calc student can understand. The premise is simple. You designate that if an event occurs, the app completes a command of your choosing. To illustrate, let’s assume you are waiting for Professor Smith to email you your paper grade. Simply create the formula that “If Professor Smith emails me, Then send me a text message.” The possibilities are endless, and a bit addictive.
Find My Phone (or Find my iPhone), Android and iOS – “Nothing is certain in college but poster sales and lost phones” – anonymous founding father. Luckily, there is the Find My Phone app. Avoid that tenuous “I’m just curious if I have phone insurance” conversation with this great app. It creates a GPS tracking system that allows you to locate your lost phone by logging on to your account from any computer. A map will show you where the phone is hiding and you have options to have the phone beep, send a message to the phone, and lock it if necessary.
Any.do, Android and iOS – Whether you are horribly unorganized or simply enjoy making lists, this app is clean, easy, and useful. This is a to-do list creator on steroids. Create alarms, alerts, and sync all your tasks on the cloud. Further, the minimalist design creates the impression all those unfinished tasks are not overwhelming.
Chegg, Android and iOS – Buying textbooks is generally a low point for college students. On top of dizzying tuition costs, your professors require you to purchase textbooks at inflated prices. Further, these textbooks are rendered useless the minute the semester is over. Fight the system and check out Chegg. It offers a wide variety of textbooks to rent, saving you serious cash. Even better, Chegg offers several e-textbooks, so you can save room in your backpack for snacks and anything else to get you through a day of class.
Easybib, Android and iOS – If you do not already know, citations tack on significant time to any all-night paper writing. Sometimes, a little shortcut is immensely helpful. Simply scan the barcode of the book you are citing, and this app will provide the citation in proper MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
Wake N Shake Alarm Clock, iOS – One reality of college is accidentally sleeping through very important events like classes, meetings, and exams. Let your alarm clock help by annoying the heck out of you. This app acts as an alarm with a twist. There is no snooze and no easy “off” button. If you want the incessant beeping to stop, you have to shake the phone. You will be so mad at your alarm by the time it shuts off that you will not even realize that you are on time.
About the author: Mike is a contributing writer for Noodle. He graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a B.A. in political science and received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010. Upon graduating law school, he clerked in the Superior Court of New Jersey and currently is an associate at a boutique law firm in New Jersey.
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