Colleges have begun reopening after a long summer break all around the world. For us Nepalese, online learning is still the norm and it might be a while before we get on campus. Regardless of how and where you are studying, there are some apps that will help you thrive as a student.
On this list, we will provide 8 of those apps that every student must keep on their phones. These apps cover a range of areas of college student life. Each has its own functionality and will cover a specific area of your college life. This isn’t a ranking list. You should get all 10 of these apps for the optimum experience.
1. Office Lens
Subject area: Revision, studying
Office lens is an extension of the Microsoft Office suite of products. It is completely free to use and is great for scanning lecture notes or even stuff that is written on the blackboard. It will save you the trouble of noting everything down again and again in college. You can always pop it up later and use it for revision later on when you need it. The app captures borders automatically and refines images for clarity too.
- Scan notes, whiteboards, and every other stuff
- Turn scanned images into pdf and save
- Syncs across all office platforms for ease of access
- Scanned images are refined automatically for clarity
Subject area: Task management, scheduling
Exam Countdown is useful to help yourself stay on track for upcoming tests and exams. We all know that college is chaotic, to say the least. This app will help you stay top of all of the numerous exam dates that are bound you bother you for four years. The timer is also really useful and keeps you from procrastinating (at the cost of a little anxiety of course!)
- Schedule exam schedules and organize them neatly
- Reminds you of your exam and test dates
- Countdown timer to keep you on track.
Subject Area: Revision, Study Planning, Free books
GoConqr is a very famous all-in-one app for college students. It offers a wide array of services and is a great app even when used independently. It covers a lot of subject areas. It will help you plan, it will help you study plus it has its very own library full of books and resources that you can put together yourself. It is also free to use but has some premium services associated with it.
- Curate course resources
- Create flowcharts and mind maps for easy learning
- Create quizzes
- Browse learning resources (free books) through the library
- Study planner
- Take notes, make quizzes and flashcards for revising
Subject Area: Task management, Scheduling
While Exam Countdown will plan your exam schedule, this app will plan your overall class schedules. Why do you need two apps, you may ask. Well each shines in their own aspect. You don’t need a timer for college class schedule, but you need a neatly organized design. This app will do just that.
- Create class schedule and neatly organize them
- Sync with calendars and work through all your schedules
- Seamless design and easy to use.
Subject Area: Bibliography, citation
All students struggle with bibliography. Its just so much work and seems so unnecessary. Well, it definitely isn’t unnecessary but it is a lot of work. SO why not have an app do the work for you? EasyBiB is free for the most part, though some features will be limited, and is an amazing way to cite all the necessary parts of your college assignments. You won’t have to worry about plagiarism either because it comes with a plagiarism checker too.
- Check for plagiarism
- Easy cite articles and create a bibliography
- Automatic grammar check
Subject Area: Studying, revision
This one is especially for the math geeks out there. But most of us have math courses in college anyway so this can be a helpful app for practically anyone. Instead of typing it out in a traditional calculator, the job is made much easier in this app because you can actually write out equations like you would do on pen and paper. The app will recognize your handwriting and solve problems for you. Pretty neat, right?
- Solve math equations and problems
- Draw equations by hand in phone or tablet
- Solve integrals and differentials instantly
Subject Area: Socializing, video conference
Well, this app isn’t uncommon anymore due to the pandemic and you all probably already have it. It’s kind of a necessity right now. But even when you have on campus classes, it’s a good idea to keep it. Zoom is a great way to talk and socialize even under normal conditions. IT is very feature packed and hassle-free too. Its free for the most part so why not!
- Call a large number of people and chat with video.
- Breakout rooms make discussions and debate possible
- Record sessions and later use
Subject area: Vocabulary, writing
This is a thesaurus and dictionary app that will come in handy when you run out of words to use. Although most people just use google now, having a separate dictionary app will streamline your vocab nicely and help you learn better. If you have trouble translating some words, then this app will help you too. You will also have to option to search by a voice which is particularly convenient.
- Very simple layout
- Look over pretty much every word in the English language
- Keyword and voice searches
- Translate words to different languages
Subject area: Mental health
Students are constantly stressed, especially in college since the coursework is so much. You need to stay mentally healthy to succeed properly in your life. Thus this free meditation app will come in handy. Insight timer is a famous mediation app with over 11,000 meditations from teachers all around the world. You can choose between guided or unguided meditation and the app in general offers a lot of flexibility.
- Meditate for a better mental health
- User-friendly design
- Lots of flexibility
- A community of users you can socialize with within the app
10. Wise Drinking
Subject Area: Socialising, Responsibility
College days are wild for most people. We live through endless parties, go to clubs every weekend and drink a lot. At least most people do. Amidst all the adrenaline, you can lose track of responsibility and the amount of alcohol you are consuming. TO avoid doing something you might regret, download this app and constantly track how much you are drinking compared to how much you should drink.
- Calculate Blood Alcohol Consumption
- Keep track of how much you are drinking through charts
- Suggestions for how much to drink
- In-house map to keep track of yourself
All of these apps together will help you study, plan, revise, schedule, scan, calculate and so much more. As a college student these tools will come in handy almost everyday and help you stay on top of your courses and exams. Happy learning!