With school starting back in full swing, it may be time to begin looking for some assistance, and what better way to do that than to turn to an item you are never without – your phone. There are so many phone apps out there that can be used for help with money management, scheduling, and group projects. We downloaded some of the most popular apps and narrowed it down to some we find very helpful.
Chegg is most popularly used to buy and rent textbooks at a lower price. Not only can it be used for textbooks, but it also provides a section for online tutoring and textbook solutions. There are online tutors for subjects from accounting to computer science to writing. Chegg also has an app named Flashcards+ in which students can create flashcards online to study assisted with photos. Chegg is a great asset that can pretty much do it all.
Work citations can be a pain and very confusing, but EasyBib is there to make it just that: easy. Just enter in the book, journal, magazine, etc. that is being citied and fill out the rest of the information, and it will create the citation for you, no matter the style the teacher assigns. The most popular styles are APA, Chicago/Turabian, and MLA. Those three are all on the continuous list of writing styles EasyBib provides.
Evernote is an advanced note taking app. Within the app, you can upload photos, change the font and color, record audio, scan documents and sketch. It adds all the flair of writing in a notebook without the messiness and hand cramps. You can also share notes via text, email, and social media accounts.
iStudiez Lite is a calendar and planner all in one. You can sync your phone calendar with the app, along with your Facebook events. Under the “planner” tab, you can add semesters, classes, times, grades, and assignments. It will give notifications of what events you have planned for that day. You can add events from inside the app itself, too, instead of adding them on your phone calendar or through Facebook.
Khan Academy hosts many subjects and topics within the app. There are topics unrelated to college, also. You can also filter topics and search any subject you need a little extra push in. The app holds anything between articles and videos to help students learn. It is also a great app for anyone who simply wants to learn a little bit more in life.
Mint is a great app to manage bills and create budgets. This is a great app for someone who is too busy to remember when bills are due and to keep up with how much money you have left to spend. There is also an option to apply for credit cards that are being offered to you based on your accounts added to the app. Mint may seem like a minimal app, but it is a lifesaver.
Trello is a great app for managing group projects. Trello lets you add lists for projects that you are working on in class. The lists are great for determining which members will be working on which part of the project, what has already been done, and what is to be done. Trello’s only feature is pretty much just making lists, but it is perfect for the organizer who uses lists to plan out the projects.
Venmo is a money transferring app like PayPal or the Cash app. You can quickly transfer money from your bank account to another person’s and have someone transfer money into your account as well. It is a great way to be paid for small tasks or if you need to get someone back for some money you borrowed but can’t make it to a bank.
Wolfram Alpha is similar to Khan Academy, except it holds more for the person who wants to know more general knowledge. It also tells the weather, what flights are overhead, and your current location in case you get lost. The random example option is my personal favorite because it will give you any fact that the app holds. A lot of the topics are pretty random ones rather than filtered by a certain school subject.
If you are new to the town like I am, it can be pretty difficult finding events and places that are popular. Luckily, Florence has its own app. In the app, there are tabs for what to do, where to eat, where to hear live music, where to stay, and annual events in Florence. This app will be very useful for me when I get settled into the city, as it will help plenty of you who are new to the city.
Hopefully, these apps will help you survive the upcoming school year and make it a little bit easier to plan, budget, learn and succeed. I am going to keep these downloaded for the upcoming school year and see how well they work out for me.