Smart phone can be a huge advantage to your college education if you use them correctly. Most students just use their smart phones as a distraction from their studying or a way to connect socially. In reality, many apps have been designed so that your smart phone can become a tool instead of a distraction. These apps can help you organize thoughts and ideas and get you on the right track when it comes to school. All of these apps are free or very cheap. Here are just a few you can download:
1) Dictionary.com app: This is an obvious one. We all have that moment where we’re reading something for class and come across a word that we don’t know the meaning of. With this app you don’t need to waste time with a dictionary or looking up words on a laptop. Just type it into your phone!
2) Super Note: This app is more for an ipad, but if you’re the type that likes to take notes electronically during class, this is a great app to help you. It can also be used for just brainstorming ideas and collecting your thoughts.
3) gFlash: This is an app that allows you to create flashcards on your phone. It’s a free app that also allows you to share these flashcards when your done. The quiz mode is great for when you don’t have your study materials for a test and you want to get a quick review in. All you have to do is pull out your phone and you can study anywhere.
4) Amazon Student: This is also a free app that allows you to have Amazon in your back pocket. This app can help you easily compare prices of textbooks. It has a cool feature that scans the barcode of any book you want to buy or sell back. This can make the beginning of each semester much easier.
5) Dropbox mobile: I’ve heard GREAT things about this app. We have a ton of documents as college students. This app keeps them all in one, accessible place. It can be a huge hassle having to e-mail documents from computer to computer or use a flash drive. This allows you to easily access photos and documents so you can place them in whatever you need to.
6) iFormulas: This is a free app for iphones that allows you to have an organized way to store all the formulas you need to know. This comes in especially handy for your science and math related majors.
7) EasyBib: As college students, we are always citing our sources for papers and projects. This is probably the most tedious part of the job. This awesome free app allows you to scan a bar code of a book and then generates an appropriate citation you can copy and paste.
8) Any.do: This is one of the best apps out there for planning. it organizes all your events and assignments and doesn’t make it a chore to input them into the app. The notifications aren’t too invasive either.
9) Camscanner: Ever had to scan a document to send to your teacher but didn’t want to travel all the way to the library scanner or find one somewhere else? This free app allows you to take a picture of your document, and with amazing quality, scans the document and makes it easy to send where you need it to go and share with others.
10) Feed.ly: College students are often so busy that they don’t have time to keep up with current affairs in the world. This app allows you to personalize what news sources you would like to receive news from and brings it all to one convenient place. It takes the hassle out of getting your news from local news stations or a website. Stay up-to-date just by pulling out your phone!
These apps will help you turn your phone into a device for productivity. Your phone can easily get you off track, but hopefully next time you pull out your smart phone it will be for a purpose instead of just to waste time!