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Yep, there’s an App for that!
Remember when you were in college and everything was easily accessible via an app on your phone? No? Well, me either. Our kids, however, do live in this world and there are literally apps that provide things like food delivery, tutoring services or finding a parking spot. Below are some I thought were most useful.
UM and College Studying Apps
U Guardian – I am listing this first because we always want to know our kids are safe. It is a free, personal safety service valid to University of Miami students that rapidly provides information about an individual to UM police during an emergency. Students set a safety timer when heading to an unfamiliar location, meeting someone he or she does not know or any other situation in which he or she would like someone to check in. If their timer expires and their guardians see they have not yet arrived, they will be notified, so students need to be sure to deactivate it once they are safe.
UMiami – is the official mobile app for the University of Miami. Keep “The U” close at hand! With UMiami Mobile, you’ll have instant access to the University of Miami news and events, course information, Hurricane sports schedules and scores, cool videos, and much more.
UMiamiMobile is also your go-to guide on campus, helping you map out your best route to class and navigate the Hurry’Cane shuttle schedule. It is free of charge.
Blackboard Mobile Learn -. Students can view class announcements, check grades, participate in discussion boards and receive push notifications of course activity.
Outlook app – lets you access your school email from your phone
Orgsync- this is an app for the website that you fill out pretty much every application for organizations on.
GroupMe – At some point in their college career they will have to participate in a group project which means the fate of their grade depends on working together. While GroupMe can’t force the group slacker, should there be one, to pull their fair share; it can facilitate easier communication. It works like a group chat, but, because you don’t have to meet up anywhere, everyone in the group saves time and money by making plans and discussing problems on their phones.
Easybib – is an online citation generator. At some point, every student will have to write a paper that requires citations and after an all-nighter, remembering how to do that properly can be difficult. This app has a simple plug in the information and they create the document of works cited. It’s that easy, but proofreading is still recommended. PS. If they have the physical copy of the textbook, they can just scan its ISBN and the app will create a citation that way.
LitCharts – is great for English majors. I wish they had this when I was in school. This free app helps understand literature. Find reviews, summaries, themes, and quotes for hundreds of titles without any in-app ads. Think of it as a portable Cliff Notes.
Although I would never have used it, my son, an economics and business major, may find this one useful. RealCalc Scientific Calculator means students don’t have to lug around that fancy scientific calculator because this free app allows them to complete all of your computing right from your mobile device.
And while we’re on the subject of computations, Wolfram/Alpha is actually a fancy search engine that can answer questions, perform computations, conduct analysis, and prepare reports. You can get help with complicated algebra and calculus equations or find chemistry, engineering, or physics formulas. This app is $2.99.
Chegg – Highly recommended. Oftentimes you can rent a book for more than half the price that a bookstore is renting it out. Students can rent, buy and sell their books. They also offer assistance with completing homework and gives access to live tutors, at a cost.
Mathway – This app is great for college math. It guides students step-by-step to get the solution or check your work to see if it matches up to theirs.
Offtime – This app costs $2.99 and is worth it if you’re looking to disconnect and avoid distractions in order to focus on homework, or studying. It blocks websites, apps, text messages, phone calls and other notifications for a set period of time so you don’t get off topic.
OneDrive – A Microsoft app that allows students to get and share documents, photos and other files from your Android device, computer (PC or Mac). Allows you to open and save files in Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
Slader – Provide 4 step-by-step solutions to questions from the most popular textbooks for math, science, Spanish, history, economics and more. Free but they do offer a pro subscription for $1.99.
CamScanner – as its name implies, this allows you to scan docs and save it as .jpeg or PDF. Great if you need to email or fax an important document. You could also then upload it through the UF Mobile and turn in your assignment. Sync with your other devices.
Restaurants & Entertainment
Dine-on-campus app- an app that lets you check all of the times for restaurants and dining halls on campus. You can also see the menu for the dining halls from that app.
Tapingo – lets you order food to then pick up from restaurants on or around campus, letting you skip lines and just pick up food.
Zupp (formerly Party Tutor) – Allows students to explore local specials and deals for nearby restaurants, apartments, bars, and local businesses. My daughter is a big fan of this one.
UberEATS too, so they don’t have to stop studying to go pick up dinner. UberEATS brings the food directly to them
DoorDash -This is the same concept as UberEats. They have an easy app that guides you through your order. They have also launched Project Dash. This initiative helps tackle food waste and hunger in the local communities that they serve.
GrubHub – Simply browse menus, pick what you want, and submit your order. Local suggestions are great and most deliveries are around $3. They run specials if you sign up for their emails, so get that setup.
For music, many students recommend Spotify and Pandora.
And when you need coffee, download Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks to pay for your purchase and earn rewards.
Money, Finances & Getting Around
Venmo – I am mentioning this because I think it is so easy to use, but your students probably have it already. My kids are the ones that introduced me to it. Venmo allows students to pay each other back for anything their friends may have paid for them; their share of the electric bill, half the groceries, that drink at Potbelly’s, half the Uber ride…and so on.
Uber – Come to think of it, your students should have the Uber app (and an account) so they never get stuck walking home late at night alone.
Mint – My son is a big fan of this one. Managing money while in college can be a struggle. Mint is a budgeting app that helps students keep track of their finances, as well as help them understand where they can make some budget cuts of their own.
Health, Wellness & Fitness
Headspace – Maybe this should have been the first one I wrote about. I use this one too because everyone deserves a mental break. For students who want to improve their mental health, not just maintain it, the Headspace app is the perfect place to start. It acts like a personal trainer for meditation, taking just ten minutes a day to guide your brain toward developing meditation muscle-memory. They offer a ten-day trial. If nothing else, the app is a daily reminder that for ten minutes a day, we all should calm down, breathe, dislocate from any stresses and surroundings, and try to focus on how we feeling on a deeper level. (Note: I included parents here too, because, well, the world would be a better place if we all did this.)
MyFitnessPal – Tracks diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric intake and nutrients for the users’ goals. Calorie charts, nutrition facts, exercise and more. For more great tips, read through our other blogs, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at www.haveuheard.com and share with other parents you know. Sponsored by UnderArmour
It’s a wonder we ever made it through school without some of these. There are even more; fitness apps, language translators and so on, but at the risk of overwhelming you (scroll back to Headspace if I have); I tried to keep my list to only my favorites.