You’re not in Kansas anymore — you’re in college. That means you are responsible for keeping track of your life. Your parents aren’t there to nag, remind, coerce or harass you about your homework, grades or paying bills. It may be your dream to be living on your own away from the constant oversight of your parents — free at last. But with freedom comes responsibility.
Given that more than half of all Americans own a smartphone, according to research center Pew Internet, why not use it to your advantage? Most colleges have their own apps now and that should be your first download. After that, here is a list of 10 organization apps for college.
College is the perfect time to begin building your credit. But paying bills on time and staying on top of credit card balances can be a bit overwhelming. Manilla.com is an online bill manager that has automated access to more than 3,500 service providers in the U.S., such as cell phone, cable or satellite, bank, credit card and other companies. Manilla also provides information for other accounts, such as frequent flyer, rewards programs, subscriptions and daily deals. Their 4+ star customer-rated mobile app allows you to manage all your accounts with just one password.
It’s no secret that college students live on a strict budget. Since they will be managing their own finances and budget for expenses, they need some help. Mint.com automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, so you can have an overall picture of your finances. It manages your checking, savings, loans, and investment accounts (if you have any). It also helps you set budgets and create and track your goals, alerting you when you approach your limit.
College students get discounts with their student identification card: grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc. You also use store loyalty cards: Walgreens, CVS, BestBuy, and others. Then there’s car insurance and health insurance cards as well. Why carry all those cards around with you when LemonWallet provides a solution with their free app? Store a digital copy of all your cards and don’t worry if you leave your wallet in the dorm. We all know college students never leave their cellphones!
With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use. Collect information and store it in a single place. From text notes to web pages to files to snapshots, everything is always at your fingertips. Save entire webpages to their web clipper. Share your notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates. Sound complicated? Don’t let its complexity turn you off. Mashable created a beginner’s guide to using the app.
GoogleDrive gives students the tools to get things done. Create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on your own or share and collaborate with others in real time. You can access your documents anytime, making them always available. All your changes are saved automatically in Drive. There isn’t even a save button. Connect with others by chatting right inside Docs, Sheets, and Slides, or leave comments on files and images. Add a + in front of an email address in a comment and Drive will send them an email so they know to follow up.
The leading cross platform student planner, MyHomework, allows students to track their homework, tests, projects and lessons. Reminders notify you when assignments and projects are due. You can keep track of your class schedules as well. The app also allows you to access your classes and assignment on any of your available devices. An added bonus feature is that the app allows you to find your teacher on Teachers.oi, locate your syllabus, and access all class materials right from your phone.
Flashcards are an effective way to memorize information, but making them is a headache. With StudyBlue, use text, pictures and audio to create the perfect stack of (digital) flashcards; or, search the massive database library to borrow someone else’s. Different study modes are also available – quizzing, review sheets, flashcards – letting you learn the way that works for you on-the-go. One of the best features of this app is that you can store & organize your notes, syllabus, practice tests, and flashcards in your digital backpack.
Professors drop the most important bombs when you least expect it (“Have a good spring break, everyone. Oh! One more thing: We’re having an exam worth 60% of your final grade the day you get back. See ya!”). You won’t miss a thing with Notesdeck. This super-fast note-taking app opens to a new note by default, lets you create custom hotkeys and syncs notes from other apps — iCloud, Evernote, Simplenote and Dropbox. You can even search within those other apps from one search bar.
Ever wish you could type faster? Dragon Dictation uses accurate voice recognition software to let you speak and instantly see your words in text. Pretend you’re talking to someone if you’re trying to write a speech. Try this if you’re in a time crunch and really need to churn out an essay; or, if you’re just someone who prefers speaking over writing. The app also offers voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard along with a convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words.
EasyBib allows you to create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book with the EasyBib app. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com’s popular bibliography management service. The app is available for iOs and android devices.
Staying on track and staying organized in college will help you complete your degree on schedule, with a stellar GPA and with a good established credit history. Use these organization apps for college to accomplish those goals.
Suzanne Shaffer counsels parents in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation. Her blog offers timely college tips for parents and provides parents with the resources necessary to help their college-bound teens navigate the college maze. You can also find her on Twitter (@suzanneshaffer) and Facebook (parentcollegecoach).
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