In this digital age, it’s rare to be apart from the many few that can’t live without their smartphones. Nowadays, it seems as if everyone and their mother can’t go a day without their iPhone 6s. For students like you, this might be the case especially because of the apps that you need to use on a daily basis. Apps like Facebook, Spotify, and Uber are just some of the many essentials for all users, but did you know that there’s also an entire inventory of apps that you can rely on to help you study? Productivity, organization, time management, and file sharing are just a few of the many areas that these applications can help you in. Here are some of the most helpful of the lot:
1. For when you need a convenient, easily accessible method of testing yourself: Quizlet
Quizlet isn’t just any other flashcard app. It has additional tools of helping you study: functions you can use with flashcards such as learn, spell, test, and match. What’s more, with a quick search, you can access a plethora of cards created by other users, allowing you to forgo the strenuous activity of creating a new set of multiple cards individually. What’s very useful about this is that it’s very common to find a collection of flashcards with just the exact set of information that you need—given, of course, that the subject matter of what you’re looking to study isn’t too specific.
2. For when you need help writing your paper: Dictionary.com Dictionary and Thesaurus
We’ve all been there: those irritating situations where you’re frozen with writer’s block, can’t recall the word you need to use, or keep getting your spelling wrong. Luckily, as long as it has to do with words, the Dictionary.com app has got you covered. Not only will you constantly be able to rely on its comprehensive database, but soon you’ll find that with it’s additional elements like audio pronunciations, spelling help, voice search, and it’s valuable Word of the Day function, this app is one you can’t go without.
3. For when you need to concentrate through your longer study sessions: Forest
Ironically, this is a smartphone app that actually aims to help you stay away from your smartphone; a usually difficult task that is known to suddenly turn impossible when studying. Forest does this by virtually planting a seed and motivating you to help it grow into a tree using the time you spend away from your phone. Your tree grows as long as the app is kept on your screen, but once you leave the app to open a Snapchat or play Candy Crush, your tree dies. This app makes the idea of growing a beautifully dense forest by yourself enough to motivate you through hours of school work.
4. For when you need to wake up on time for your 7am class: Sleep Cycle
Because college students maintain notorious sleep habits, there’s a real need for an app like Sleep Cycle. Before you go to bed, open the app up to set a window of time (say 6:00-6:30AM) within which you prefer to be woken up. Then, by analyzing your sleep through your phone’s microphone or accelerometer, it’ll find out when you’re in your lightest sleep state—that is, the time when you’ll wake easiest. After just one use, it’s effect is undeniable: you’ll be pulled out of sleep with no trouble, no grogginess. With this app, you can say goodbye to not only waking up on the wrong side of the bed, but also to all those tardy marks on your attendance.
5. For when you need to create a document, contribute to a group work, or access a file all while on the go: Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets
This collection of Google apps is a staple in every student’s smartphone. As each app gives you the power to access, create, delete, edit, manage, share, or submit school files from the convenience of your phone, you’ll soon find that you won’t need to worry about majority of your accessibility problems. Perfect for times such as when you can’t access your computer but you urgently need to turn in an assignment a couple of minutes before the deadline, or when you’re away from home but your group mates need your help working on your group presentation, or even when you just can’t be bothered to lug your heavy laptop to class anymore. For such small, compact software, the amount of convenience that these apps will provide you is incredibly great measure.