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.
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.
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.
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!
Study / Productivity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cooking / Fitness
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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