College is tough. At times it will feel impossible to balance demanding classes, time-consuming extracurriculars and other entertaining distractions. Thankfully, the secret to surviving college is already in the palm of your hands. Downloading these free apps to your smartphone will give you an advantage when it comes to staying ahead of schedule, keeping your grades up and making smart moves with your money. If you don't have a smartphone, these apps are a great example to show your parents why you need one before college starts. Stay at the top of your classes (and out of your parent's basement) by installing these essential apps for college students.
Bad excuses and hastily scribbled "doctor's notes" only go so far in college, and staying disorganized for the entirety of your freshman year will hurt more than your GPA. On the bright side, smartphones double as extremely convenient daily organizers.
One of the best free organizer apps available for iPhones and Android devices is Any.do. The app's clean interface and drag-and-drop functionality make it a breeze to keep track of classes, homework, club meetings and job hours.
One of the easiest ways to save money during college is to buy in bulk, everything from socks to frozen taquitos. Purchasing tickets for more expensive outings is cheaper when done in a group as well, and the Groupon app for iOS and Android makes finding these deals a cinch. The app offers regularly updated deals, some up to 70 percent off, on the most popular events and restaurants in 500 major cities. Not only does the free app make it easier for you to find deals with you and your friends, the app's suggestions make it easy to explore a new city on a budget.
The Internet is an amazing thing. Not only does the power of 4G LTE allow you to watch YouTube videos in your college dorm, Internet-capable smartphones also allow you to summon any file from your hard drive anywhere on campus. The Dropbox app lets iPhone and Android device users access their stored files via their smartphone, even if the campus Internet goes down. This perk alone could be a life-saver during midterms, so be sure to afford yourself the luxury of Dropbox access via your smartphone.
Finding hot deals is an important part of not going broke during your time at college, but it would also help to track your spending. No fear, Mint is free and makes budgeting on your iPhone or Android device extremely simple. By collecting and displaying all your bills, expenses and incoming funds in one interface, you get the entire picture of your finances in a single glance. No more wondering if you've got enough money in the bank to cover your trip to the student union - Mint has you covered.
One of the most helpful apps you can download before the start of the semester is the Dictionary.com app. In addition to generating suggestions that help you expand your vocabulary, this robust resource will also make it easy to look up words from your reading assignments with a few swipes of your thumb. The app provides help from Thesaurus.com as well, comes with a pronunciation tool and is free for Android and iOS users.
While a lot of your college career will be dedicated to book reports and keeping up with your lectures, don't let that stop you from getting a start on your personal career. There's plenty of time to squeeze in an internship or two, and if you choose to boost your resume this upcoming semester, you might want to download the LinkedIn app to your Android or iPhone.
The app allows you to create and edit your own profile on one of the most popular professional social networking sites on the web. You can even use the app as a resource to learn more about any of the companies you’d like to intern for next year. Make sure to take a new profile picture for your LinkedIn page, preferably in business attire.
One of the easiest ways to remember what your lecturer says during class is to take notes. Taking dictation the old-fashioned way could hurt your wrist and your scribbles may be impossible to transcribe or organize after class. That's why it makes sense to collect all your notes digitally in one place. Evernote allows you to do all this on your iOS or Android device and more.
The true beauty of Evernote is how the free app takes advantage of cloud storage, making it easy to access and edit your notes from one device to the next. Even better, Evernote lets you drop pictures and draw items directly onto your notes, making the app versatile when taking notes on a wide range of subject matters.
It's worth it to get in touch with your parents at least a few times during your semester, especially if they control your smartphone bill. Thankfully, you can make this task easier with the right smartphone app for your Apple or Android device. Skype, for example, makes it easy to face-chat and message any of the 300 million people who have already downloaded the app. That's another great thing about Skype - your parents probably already know how to use it. You and your family can trade photos over Skype without having to worry about email box size limits as well.
Need a way to make a bunch of flash cards in a hurry or need access to huge archive of generic, pre-made study tools? StudyBlue for iPhone and Android has you covered. The free app puts intuitive, flexible options for making the perfect deck of flashcards right on your smartphone. With your flashcards with you at all times, you'll be more likely to study them while on the bus or train.
You can even share flashcards with your study group, making it easy for multiple classmates to contribute to a single collection of detailed study guides. A big part of surviving freshman year is finding ways to make work and play more efficient - this flashcard app is a way to achieve that balance.
Remember that even though grades and school clubs are important, your time at collegeis about a great time to learn about yourself, make new friends and enjoy new experiences. That's why apps like Meetup are a must for your Apple or Android smartphone. The streamlined social app allows users to browse group activities sorted by interest and location.
If you find a like-minded group filled with fellow college students on Meetup, reach out and join their event. Group interests range from book discussions to hiking trails, so you'll be sure to find an activity that piques your interest. Even if it doesn't work out, you can say you gave it the ol' college try.