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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 February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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