The last few weekends of August and the first few weeks of September are filled with a whirlwind of college activity. Students are moving in, setting up their rooms, making new friends, battling homesickness, starting classes and acclimating to a looser schedule and different learning style than they’ve experienced for the first 12 years of their formal education. Luckily, there are a slew of apps to help with almost every aspect of a student’s new life at university. Check out these apps highlighted by CNet:
If you don’t know what it is, it’s a cloud-based note-taking app that automatically syncs from device to another. Transcribe your English notes on your laptop, and they’ll show up on your smartphone whenever you need them.
The app allows you to save websites, news articles, or online research documents for offline reading later on. This is perfect for that long subway ride when there’s no Internet connection. It’s even more useful if you have a tablet with no Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
For Android users, why not wake up in style? Doubletwist offers a more attractive alarm clock than the typical stock version. The two versions — an analog clock and retro flip clock — can be tied to your favorite tunes, giving you a wake-up call of your choosing.
Google+ Hangouts in Mobile
Google+ Hangouts in Mobile, available on iOS or Android, is a great way for college students living away from their family to keep in touch via video chat. The app allows you to chat with up to nine people at once with your mobile device.
The app gives you access to tons of free educational resources, including whole courses taught by instructors at major universities.
Read more about these apps at CNet >>>
Those are some great apps. I especially like the idea of using Google+ Hangouts in Mobile for group work, or to ask a friend who lives a few buildings (or rooms – don’t judge) over a quick question about an assignment. Pocket is also useful for getting some work done in those awkward between class down times where you’re sometimes stuck sitting in the hallway outside your next class with no Wi-Fi.
While Roger’s list is great I wanted to add a few of my own.
GrubHub Food Delivery
When you’re looking for a late night snack delivery, GrubHub is clutch. Find a place that’s open and order right from the app.
Any sort of weather app
I went to school in Ithaca, NY – being able to tell the difference between ski jacket cold and hoodie cold is important when it’s snowing seven of the nine school year months.
College kids are poor. Take advantage of deals whenever possible.
Your bank’s app
Closely related to the poor comment above, be sure you have your bank’s app downloaded to keep a careful eye on your funds. (You want to be able to pay for that late night pizza after all.)
Obviously those are just a few apps that will be useful during the new school year. With some digging I’m sure students will find a ton more apps that will become indispensable. Good luck everyone!