As a college student, you’ve probably experienced that overwhelming moment of shock as you realize just how much work you’ve signed on for. After the relatively easy, structured and simple years of high school you’ve entered a world in which you’re expected to manage your own workload, structure your own time, and take real responsibility for your education. Every assignment counts, every test matters, and every missed lecture and overdue essay can affect your final mark.
It can be terrifying, but there are ways to manage the workload to make it a little bit easier. The smart phones most of us carry in our pockets can double as study aids, schedule planners, and notebooks, helping us stay on top of our overwhelming workloads and manage our time a little bit better. Here are just a few of the apps available for Android and iOS phones that can help make college life more manageable.
Nothing could be more terrifying than arriving to class only to realize that an assignment you’d forgotten about is due! iHomework is an iOS app that helps make that terror a thing of the past.
At the heart of it, iHomework is a simple calendar designed to keep track of your schedule and assignments, but the app offers so much more. There are options to add reading lists, record grades, set reminders, note your teachers’ contact information, and even send work to friends who missed class! The app offers everything you need to keep track of your busy schedule, and even syncs with your computer.
Adding citations to assignments is usually a serious pain, but with EasyBib it couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is use your camera to scan the barcode of any books you plan to reference in your work and EasyBib will instantly create a citation in MLA, APA or Chicago style.
Available on iOS and Android, Any.Do is a full-featured to-do list app that goes far beyond any other. Speech recognition allows you to record your schedule through the microphone, and the intuitive design makes it one of the smoothest organizational apps available.
What’s more, Any.Do syncs seamlessly with other phones in a user group, allowing you to plan everything from parties to group assignments with your friends. Simply note down a to-do list and share it with the group, and the list will tick off each task as it’s completed!
Managing your finances as a student can be a tricky business, and it’s not uncommon to reach the end of the semester with nothing but a slice of moldy bread in the kitchen and fluff in your pockets.
Mint is a budget-tracking app that allows you to easily record every purchase to keep tabs on your finances. Not only will the app help you find areas to cut back your spending, but it will also notify you when bills are due to keep you on top of your outgoings.
Finally, something a little more fun! The Spotify app has been ported from the desktop version to iOS, Android, Windows, Symbian and Blackberry phones, and it’s the perfect thing to organize your playlists.
When you need to buckle down to get your work done and want a little soothing music in the background, you can hit play on your ‘study mix’ and listen to some relaxing classical string arrangements, or whatever else works for you!