Even with a plethora of electronics such as e-readers, netbooks, and smartphones to get you through college, students could always use a little more help staying organized and on top of things. Whether you need reminding to study for that big exam or you want to upload your notes with a click of a button, here are eight apps to keep you on track this semester.
For busy students who need a little help remembering important things like project deadlines, test dates and to pay bills, reQall helps by recording what needs to get done and sends reminders. Students can organize assignments by class and arrange items by location (so if you need a library book, reQall will alert you when you’re near the library). The app is free, but the pro version will set you back $2.99.
“A student might say, ‘I need to pay my tuition on September 1’--reQall would transcribe what they said to text, automatically create a reminder and alert them via a phone notification, email or text message on September 1,” says Deb Miller, vice president of reQall.
Instead of relying on a scanner or a copy machine, Android users can scan full-page documents, images, white boards and receipts directly into their phone. DroidScan is able to recognize business cards and standard paper sizes so that your scans are the right shape and size. You can send your scans to your email, text messages and to the web for quick uploading.
For iPhone, BlackBerry and Android users who want to stay on top of their notes, web pages, pictures and voice memos for free, the Evernote app is perfect. You can access your stuff anywhere, anytime and you can sync the app with your computer, sharing info between your PC and your smartphone.
Gearing up for a big exam but feel like you aren’t absorbing the subject matter by reading the textbook or your class notes? With Cram, available for BlackBerrys and iPhones for $3.99, students can use flashcards and multiple choice tests to learn the material. You can get your test score sent directly to your phone and track your test history to see your progress.
If you’re looking to get some work done outside of your dorm but need a Wi-Fi connection, this free iPhone app finds the nearest signal. Access points are filtered by location, and users will get contact info and directions to the hotspot. If you have an internet provider preference, you can see what locations are serviced by that particular provider.
For students driving home this semester, this $9.99 a month app for iPhones, Blackberrys, Androids, and GPS devices keeps them apprised of road conditions including traffic, speed traps, red light cameras, school zones and dangerous intersections.
“One of the immediate benefits to the driver is if you pay attention, you’re not going to break any traffic laws,” says Joe Scott, founder and CEO of PhantomALERT. “The beauty of PhantomALERT is that it always tells you to slow down and pay attention. It makes you a safer and more alert driver.”
Have a hankering for something other than dining hall food? With this free app for iPhones, students can use the app’s GPS to find restaurants nearby and allows you to filter your choices by location, type of food, and price. You can also compare restaurant reviews with your friends and see restaurant ratings from newspapers, bloggers, and foodies like you.
For students who want to see exactly where their money goes each month, the PocketMoney app for iPhone users lays it all out. Tracking multiple accounts (checking, credit cards, savings), keeping up with your budget, and looking at your personal expense reports (complete with pie charts) has never been easier. The app, which costs for $4.99, protects personal info with a PIN and has the option of emailing new transactions to a third party (like your parents) to keep them in the loop.
Let’s face it: it can be hard for college students to stay on top of their courses, extracurricular activities and finances. Luckily, we found seven apps that help students stay on track—both academically and financially.