Here are five more applications to help you work smarter, not harder, at college.
Let’s face it, college can be pretty hard to keep up with. There are assignments and co-curricular to keep track of; meetings, classes and deadlines can become a tornado of chaos if left unchecked. Being a student is challenging, but it does not have to be stressful.
Previously, we have compiled a list of essential IOS apps to help you organize and enjoy your college life. To our beloved Android readers, of course, we have you in mind as well! We have picked for you an assortment of full-fledged apps to make your upcoming semester easier and manageable:
1. School Planner (Android)
The average college student has a hundred things to keep track of at any given time. Fret no more, School Planner is here to your rescue—by helping you organize your timetables, to-do lists, due dates, attendance and more.
This app is a one-stop solution for most organizational needs. Students can manually enter tasks, events, co-curricular activities, etc., and sort them by priority. You can also save your instructors’ contact information and keep track of your grades and daily attendance for each subject/course. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about losing your data should anything happen to your phone—everything is backed up on Google Drive, and you can sync your data across devices.
Besides being versatile, your all-round digital secretary is also aesthetically pleasing to look at and use. It comes with the option to color code each subject to make one’s timetable easy to read at a glance.
2. Monefy (IOS and Android)
Living on your own incomes with the tedious task of managing your own finances. Budgeting apps can help you efficiently manage your money by keeping track of your income and expenses. Monefy offers the user a clean, easy-to-use interface with visual icons for various categories, like groceries, transportation, entertainment, eating out, toiletries, pets etc.
You simply record how much you spend for each category or item, and the app will present your monthly spending and income in a pie chart. With this feature, you can visualize your spending patterns and adjust your budget for each category accordingly. This app offers multi-currency and multi-accounts support, and you can sync all data to your Google Drive or Dropbox account. Best still, there are no ads within the app!
3. Google Play Books (IOS and Android)
Physical books may be the norm, but they can also be heavy and expensive. With Google Play Books, you can carry an entire library in your pocket.
Besides buying and downloading e-books available on the app, you can also upload PDF and EPUB (a e-book file format) files there with a few clicks. For IOS users, you have to first open the PDF in the Files folder and click “Open with Play Books app”. For Android users, you can directly upload documents in the app. All the e-books and files can be grouped and placed onto different shelves.
There are many ways for you to annotate files and books on the app. Besides highlighting and note-taking, it also comes with a translator and a dictionary, or you can also search for words or sentences on the web. All the annotations for individual books can be stored in Google Drive folders, making it easier to make notes and prepare for assignments and exams.
4. Canva (Web, IOS and Android)
College can present a whirlwind of presentations, posters, portfolios etc., and it can be a pretty daunting prospect if you don’t have the time or skill to contend with PowerPoint and Photoshop. This is why you need a simpler and less time-consuming solution. Introducing Canva, a free online tool to create and design digital content.
Whether you are working on group projects, brainstorming maps, flyers and presentations or creating a resume, weekly/monthly planner, to-do list or daily schedule, Canva provides you with a big collection of templates to whip up a presentable graphic easy on a time crunch. You can use the templates directly or add some personal touches by incorporating design elements that you like. You can also edit photos and videos in the app as well.
Better still, you can share the designs with your fellow groupmates so that you can all edit the file together on the app. The software has both a mobile and online version that can be synced across devices.
5. CliffsNotes (Web, IOS and Android)
Ever lamented procrastinating on your readings and starting your preparation for an important test or assignment too late? We’ve all been there. CliffsNotes has hundreds of literature summaries curated by professors and teachers containing plot points, characters descriptions, themes etc. along with free study guides for various other subjects, like accounting, sociology, algebra and biology.
There you have it! Before the next semester kicks in, start playing around with these apps to help you stay organized throughout your college life!
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