Apps that can make your life easier as a student
It is safe to say that the majority of students around the globe own a mobile device. That being said, most of them tend to integrate their devices with their everyday lives and manage parts of it with them. There are apps to help them stay organized, keep a schedule, manage their budget and even suggest activities for them to try. Take a look at these 7 apps that benefit students on many levels.
Useful apps students will love:
Pocket is one of those apps that you might haven’t heard of but once you try it you will use it all the time. What Pocket does is simple, it saves everything you want from the web to your device for you to read later even without a connection. Simply press the share button on the website and add it to Pocket. Everything that is saved is automatically synced across your devices, meaning if you save something you found while commuting to the university you can read it later on your laptop or tablet as well. There is also a chrome extension for you to save articles with one simple click.
However, the list could seem endless for someone who saves a lot of stuff everyday but luckily the developers have a solution to that problem. You can add tags to your saved items and search by tag in order to find what you are looking for faster. Pocket is free but you can purchase a premium monthly/yearly subscription to remove adds. The premium subscription also allows you keep a permanent copy of your saved items even if the original is removed from the web and make Pocket automatically suggest tags for your saved items.
Deciding which note app to go for can be a tricky choice. Firstly, Evernote, is a note taking app that has all the tools one could possibly need. You can make handwritten notes, add attachments and reminders to them, record a note or even take a photo with your camera and save it as a note. Apart from the multiple ways of taking notes, there is an option for you to create notebooks and divide your notes there based on their content, similar to tags. Evernote is the one place where you can store your recipes, classroom material, to-do lists, and pretty much anything else and forget about it until you search for it again. Evernote is free but you can pay a small subscription fee to use your account for more than two devices.
On the other hand, Keep feels like a note taking app where you take short-term notes and quickly need to get back to them. Google crafted this app with a beautiful material design, and the viewing options for your notes are a treat for the eye. Similar to Evernote, you can use every note taking action apart from inserting attachments. Furthermore, you can pin notes in order for them to stay at the top of your screen and view them first when you open the app and add labels to categorize your notes. Finally, coloring your notes is an option, and if you a person that uses a specific color for a certain topic you can link the colors with the material inside the note. Pretty handy.
Nowadays having a cloud storage application is a must for every student. Keeping your files synced across your devices everywhere you go is pretty much essential as a student, since you never know when you have a bright idea to add to your assignment. My personal choice is Dropbox. It has a clean design and it is really simple to use once you get the hang of cloud storage. A rather cool option is that you can share your Dropbox folders with other people so they can view and edit your files, which can be helpful for group projects. Additionally, there is an option to autosave pictures you take with your camera, in case you need to delete them to save space on your device storage.
If you are a student, you probably typed your email in multiple websites that bombard you with promotions, deals and exclusive offers. Sounds familiar? Fear not, Inbox is here for you. The way that Inbox differs from other email applications is that it bundles your emails according to their content. For example, if you make a purchase from PlayStore the email goes directly to the Purchases tab or if you make flight reservations the email is in the Trips tab. It is pretty handy if you get loads of emails and you need to find an important email really fast.
Furthermore, you can Snooze your emails and get a notification for them later or even mark them as Done, so they are removed from your inbox. Additionally, you can view Google Reminders on Inbox so that is another benefit if you are using more Google apps and services like their Calendar. However, the only downside of this app is that Google only allows you to link Gmail accounts.
Trello is one of those apps that are focused on making your student life easier. Basically, it serves as a big board for your work, where you store the whole project and then you are able to work any part of it you want. Inside your boards there are lists. You can divide those lists according to your preferences and inside them you can add cards for each part of your list. The power of Trello comes is the amount of options you have inside your cards.
Firstly, you can add more people to help you with your work, which is great for group projects and working remotely. Secondly, you can add colored labels on your cards to help you easily distinguish the cards you need. Also, you can add attachments and a checklist to allow you to check on your progress on your completed items. In addition, a very convenient option is that you can select a due date for your cards and check how much time you have left until the deadline you created. Finally, there is an option to add Power-Ups to your boards. Using Power-Ups is connecting other apps with Trello and working in collaboration with them. There are multiple well-known apps that you can connect like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Slack, Twitter and many more.
Going to university sometimes means going far away from home. This is why a video calling app is always essential and Skype will work great. The way it works is really simple, which is why it’s also a great fit for parents who are not experienced with apps. You simply login with your account and select the contact you want to call or message and then get in contact with them. There are options for messaging, video calling or simply calling without using the camera. You can also use Skype can for group meetings or one-on-one meetings with your tutors. Many universities and employers also use Skype for online interviews.This has proven to be very convenient for both the employer and the prospective employee. Finally, you can have Skype on all your devices and be only one click away from calling your loved ones.
What other apps do you use as students? Please don’t hesitate to recommend your favorite picks here for our readers. Also, make sure you share this fun and informational read with your friends and fellow students!