Last year, more than 70% of college students had a smartphone, according to the 2013 report by Pearson, an education services company. Furthermore, the report has found that most students use some apps for schoolwork on a regular basis. Which apps, you ask? That’s the matter of personal preferences; here we want to show you our selection of app types that could help any student get better in college.
Note taking apps
Evernote tops our list, but there’s also Google Keep and Microsoft’s One Note. In Evernote, you can take text and audio notes, scribble formulas, store documents and much more. The service is available as native app for most mobile platforms, and there’s also desktop software for Macs and PCs, as well as a web-based app. In comparison, other note taking apps are available on just a few platforms.
These days, many colleges have their own apps that provide students with useful information and tips how to get around the campus. Some of these apps also allow students to check grades and schedules, track campus bus lines and manage their university accounts. Useful tips also come included providing information on where to eat, college traditions and more.
Since group projects are a regular part of college life, students often opt to store and share their files with other folks on the campus. There is a plethora of services enabling this capability, including Google’s GDrive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, DropBox, Box.net and MediaTemple. The most popular service is GDrive as it comes with integrated document, spreadsheet and presentation editing capabilities making it that much easier to collaborate on projects.
Another group of apps makes sure students keep up with their tasks at hand. Students can choose between a multitude of free and paid solutions. Good free to use services for small groups are Asana, Trello, Any.do, Wunderlist and Todoist. BTW: Evernote can also be used for basic task management.
Aside from these major categories there are also other utilities that could help students advance. One of those apps is RescueTime that tells students how much time you’re losing to digital distractions such as Facebook and Twitter.
Another useful tool, RefMe, makes writing research papers less tedious. This free app enables students to scan the bar code on books and journals or copy and paste a URL to get citations in various styles, including Harvard, American Psychological Association and Chicago style.
And that’s all we had to show you this time. You may be using something else and we invite you to share your favorite student app with our readers – the comments form is all yours. 😉
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