BT KATHRYN CARNELL
Let’s face it: you’d rather be texting. Sure, college classes are interesting and all, but did you see the pictures from yesterday’s party on Facebook? Talk about embarrassing. Oh, and don’t forget that household you want to join is posting about their latest fundraiser, so you’d better promote it. All the time. On every social media platform out there.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. You’re part of the majority. In a study conducted by Harris Interactive, it was determined that college students spend an average of 12 hours a day engaged with some kind of media. That’s a lot of studying … that you aren’t doing.
But wait! Spending time on your phone doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Turn procrastination into productivity by downloading and using apps to aid your studies.
Here are five apps every serious college student should have:
Arguably the most useful app on the market. Snap2PDF turns any picture of a document into an actual PDF document.
It’s that simple: snap a photo, download the file, send it to your computer, and store.
Finally taking pictures of everything has a purpose.
Platform: Android, iPhone
2. iStudiez Pro
So you’re getting A’s on your assignments … when you remember to do them, that is. If organization is keeping you from that 4.0 GPA, try this streamlined digital log of your classes on for size.
Featuring push notifications that alert you when an upcoming assignment is due, it’s got all the commodities that have kept paper planners relevant for so long. The downside? You still have to enter your schedule and alerts manually. Your phone can’t read your mind – yet.
Cost: iStudiez: Free. iStudiez Pro: $2.99
Finally a graphing calculator that doesn’t cost as much as the phone with a calculator you’re already using for simple computing. Quick Graph+ utilizes Cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems as well as hyperbolic and inverse functions.
Additionally you’re given access to a “common function library” for no-hassle computing. Quick Graph+ is a universal download for both iPhone and iPad.
If you’re taking math classes, Quick Graph+ is a necessity.
Platform: iPhone, Android
Without a doubt Evernote is one of the best note taking apps available. It supports tags, separate notebooks, iCloud sync and more. You can even take photos of a blackboard or syllabus and tag them accordingly, as if they themselves were documents.
But what really makes Evernote stand out is its syncing capacities: once you’ve entered data into Evernote, you can access it through the Evernote app on your iPhone, iPad or directly on your Mac.
Platform: iOS, iPhone
5. Amazon Student
Perhaps you’d rather eat frozen waffles for dinner than forgo buying an important textbook. Thankfully Amazon Student simplifies the process and saves you money. Just snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you where you can buy it cheaper.
Even better, you can sell back your old, used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards.
(Additionally if you have an iPad, you have access to Apple’s iBooks store. Save your back and the bank.)
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android