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18 Essential Apps You’ll Need For Your First Week of College

18 Essential Apps You’ll Need For Your First Week of College

When it comes to starting college, there is a very good chance that a lot of students will be lost on their first day. From finding classes to making new friends– it can be a very overwhelming experience. These 18 essential apps will help you during your first week of classes.

Social Apps

1. R We Still On Time? 

This can be used for group meetings as well as getting your group of friends together on time. R We Still On Time gives you the status of all your friends, letting you know if they’re going to be prompt or late.

2. Hopspot

Hopspot is a social app that will allow you to connect with your friends in real time. By only allowing you to post about plans, it eliminates the “distractions” of other social media. The best part is that it clears every morning, giving you a clean slate.

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    3. Eventbrite

    All sporting events, local concerts, and cheap off-campus activities, are at the touch of your finger with this app. You can connect your Facebook account to see who among your friends are going to each event and even invite them yourself!

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    4. Pocket Points

    Pocket Points is a new app that gives students rewards for not using their phone during class. All that you have to do is open the app on campus, lock your phone, and start gaining points. Points can then be used at local stores or for other incentives.

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      5. iHomework

      This is essentially a digital assignment book. It allows you to organize all your schoolwork and assignments all in one app. iHomework also has a feature that sends you reminders when you have a test or quiz coming up.

      6. Good Morning Alarm Clock

      Gone are the days of sleeping past your 8am’s– this app is an alarm clock unlike any other. This app helps you keep track of the quality of your sleep, and wakes you up at the least disruptive time in your sleep cycle. It also sends you a notification if you’re sleep deprived.

      7. Study Blue

      An alternative to wasting paper by writing on hundreds of notecards to study, Study Blue allows you to create your own flash cards digitally. The app features a thumbs up and down button to indicate what you’ve memorized. It also lets you know what you need to work on.

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      8. Easybib

      This app helps you site your references easily and efficiently. Simply scan the barcode of the book you used (or enter its info manually), and EasyBib sorts out a bibliography in your choice of MLA, APA, or Chicago-Styled format.

      9. WordFail

      WordFail is useful because it helps you learn how to use the most commonly misused words in English. If you think you’re an English master then you should give this a try. Chances are it will help you out in the college setting, or even when you’re sending out that email for your first new job.

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        10. Stop. Breathe & Think

        Stop. Breathe & Think promises to offer easy meditation in less than 5 minutes. Studies have shown that a relaxed and focused brain increases productivity and performance. If you’re stressed over a deadline or procrastinating, this is the app for you.

        11. Flash Card Hero

        This is a great flashcard app that allows you to import different quizzes from Quizlet. You can also add images or book chapters for enhanced studying. The multiple choice option as well as audio support makes this a must-have for any new college student.

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          12. Saviry

          Saviry helps you find the latest deals on numerous household items, and helps you find the lowest price for the item you’re looking for in your area. It includes clothing sales and discounts on popular tech gadgets.

          13. My Super Market

          Create your grocery list on this app and let it take care of the rest for you. My Supermarket takes the items that you’re looking for, and shows you a list of local grocery stores selling it at the lowest price

          14. You Need A Budget

          This is a quick and easy budgeting app that also has a one month free trial. It’s a different way of thinking about budgeting and saving money. They claim that the average user saves over $200 in their first month.

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            15. Cocktail Flow

            This app describes itself as a ‘definitive cocktail encyclopedia’ that lets you find hundreds of drink recipes. The app also allows you to search recipes by alcohol or beer you already have, and filters out recipes available with those specific ingredients.

            16. Fooducate

            Conquer the ‘Freshman 15’ with Fooducate. This app helps you set a weight loss, fitness, or health goal, to then track your daily food intake and physical activity.

            17. Sworkit

            This app lets you customize workouts that can be done anywhere for any amount of time. You can even connect through Spotify to add music to your workouts.

            18. Cheftap

            Cheftap is essential because you can save and import pretty much any recipe you come across on the internet. The best part is that all the recipes are all in one place and ready for later use.

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              These are 18 essential apps that will help you during your first week of classes– and who knows? You may very well end up using them for the rest of the school year, and the ones to come.

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              Last Updated on July 29, 2020

              19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

              19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

              Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

              There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

              This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

              1. Todoist

                Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                Download: Todoist

                2. 1Password

                  You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                  1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                  You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                  Download: 1Password

                  3. Bear

                    Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                    It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                    Download: Bear

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                    4. Hazel

                      Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                      For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                      Download: noodlesoft

                      5. Alfred

                        Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                        For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                        It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                        Download: Alfred

                        6. TextExpander

                          TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                          For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                          An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                          Download: TextExpander

                          7. Backblaze

                            If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                            Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                            Download: Backblaze

                            8. Keyboard Maestro

                              Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                              Download: Keyboard Maestro

                              9. Snagit

                                There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                10. Bartender

                                  Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                  If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                  Download: Bartender

                                  11. Otter

                                  Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                  Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                  Download: Otter

                                  12. Flux

                                    Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                    Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                    Download: Flux

                                    13. PDFpen

                                    If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                    PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                    Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                    14. OmniFocus

                                      OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                      It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                      A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                      Download: OmniFocus

                                      15. Franz

                                        It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                        Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                        Download: Franz

                                        16. MindNode

                                          If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                          The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                          Download: MindNode

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                                          17. Focus

                                            The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                            This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                            Download: Focus

                                            18. CleanMyMac

                                              Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                              Download: CleanMyMac

                                              19. Grammarly

                                                A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                Download: Grammarly

                                                The Bottom Line

                                                These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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