Column by Thomas Scearce
College is all about adjustment. Before you know it, eight hours of sleep a night can easily become eight hours a week. With so much to do and so little time, here are some must-have apps to make your four years, or six for pharmacy students, more convenient.
Amazon Student – Free
These days, a single college textbook can burn a hole in your pocket. The Amazon Student app allows for instant price checks on college textbooks and more with a simple scan of a barcode. It also takes advantage of Amazon’s convenient trade-in program which allows you to turn in movies, books and games into Amazon gift cards. Also, when you sign up, you get free two-day shipping with all of Amazon Prime’s benefits.
Mint.com – Free
Tuition, textbooks and food, oh my. College has a way of making your wallet thin, and mint.com can let you budget your money and keep track of where it is all going. Just add your bank, credit, loan and/or retirement accounts, and mint.com will open, review and categorize your transactions to let you know what areas you are splurging in.
Clear – $2.99
It’s 4 a.m. You have been studying for chemistry, reading philosophy and writing a four-page sociology paper, but, oh no, you forgot to go to the gym, talk to your professor and make your daily trip to Walgreens. In college, stuff piles up. There are a plethora of things to accomplish. Clear let’s you make multiple to-do lists with ease. Simply pull down to create, swipe across to mark that item as complete, and pinch to navigate up. It also allows you to customize your lists with themes, and they can be synced across multiple devices. If you’re that student with Post-it notes covering your dorm, this app is for you.
iStudiez Pro – $2.99
The first thing most of us are told to learn once on campus is time management. It’s easier said than done, but iStudiez Pro allows you to enter in your daily schedule and will send you push notifications when an assignment is due. It can also calculate and keep track of your GPA. This app is perfect for first-years who need some help juggling all of their work and staying on top of courses.
Notability – $2.99
If you find yourself blanking on what your professors said in their lectures, then Notability is for you. Notability not only allows typed notes, but hand written ones as well. It has a voice recording feature that makes it perfect for recording lectures or interviews. Notability also features options that allow you to annotate documents. This is perfect for highlighting and taking notes on lab sheets and online articles and will also save you some printing money.
iSource MLA – $4.99
Let’s face it. Writing a bibliography is no easy feat. iSource saves you time by formatting citations for your bibliography as well as in-text citations. It is really easy to use: Simply select the resource you are using, such as an article or encyclopedia, enter the required information and iSource does the rest. It even saves the citations for you for later use.
Scearce is a first-year news-Internet major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org