App? What is that?
Did someone forget to add the “le”? My kids make fun of me and say “when I went to school.” Well, when I went to school there was no such thing as apps, smartphones or computers for that matter. Nowadays there is an app for everything.
UNF and College Study Apps
UNF Safety App – This safety app will communicate messages and alerts to the campus community. Students, faculty, staff, and parents can now open the App Store for Apple products and Google Play Store for Android products and download the free-of-charge app.
Quizlet – My kids actually used this in high school too, but the good news is this great study tool is still useful. Quizlet is a free study app that allows the user to take other people’s quizzes or create their own. A user can create multiple choice, matching, true/false, and open-ended questions and use these in various ways, such as flashcards and games. Students can share their “study sets” with others in their class and even encourage a professor to create one.
Brainscape is another, similar, study tool, but this one even has pre-made flashcards on thousands of subjects. Both are free.
Evernote – is a free app that takes note-taking to the next level. Students can brainstorm ideas, make to-do lists, take pictures of pages and sketches, organize everything into a notebook format, and share with others or collaborate as a group. The app even has the ability to search handwritten content, so finding your past notes is easy.
iHomework 2 – If your student is really organized then skip this one, but I know a few that could definitely benefit from it. This free app can keep track of their assignments, deadlines, and tasks, and plan them out over a certain time period so they’re not left cramming at the last minute.
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.
Canvas – Just like the website, students can instantly access their Canvas courses for free without having to lug around a laptop to keep up with your homework. You can see your grades, submit assignments, send and receive messages, view content, and modules, watch videos, take quizzes, and more.
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 requires them to simply plug in the information and it creates 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.
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 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.
Although I would never have used it, my son, an economics and business major, could.
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 their computing right from their 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.
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.
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 – Provides 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.
Health & Wellness
The UNF counseling center has compiled a list of apps that offer meditation, relaxation, and mindfulness to help with the stresses of college.
MindShift – MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.
Tactical Breather – Tactical Breathing Trainer can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, students learn to gain control of heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to the body during stressful situations.
Booster Buddy – Booster Buddy is a free app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Managing personal wellness journeys as you are guided through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.
Restaurants & Entertainment
Party Tutor – My daughter uses this one often. It allows students to explore local specials and deals for nearby restaurants, apartments, bars, and local businesses.
Pocket Points – I love this one. It literally incentivizes students to keep their phones out of sight during class. They just open the app, lock their phone and earn points for the time it is off. Later they can trade the points for discounts at certain restaurants – also a great app if you have a high school student still at home.
UConnection – A food and drink app with exclusive deals, daily specials and more from restaurants and bars.
UberEATS so they don’t have to stop studying to go pick up dinner. UberEATS brings the food directly to them
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, half the Uber ride…and so on.
Uber/Lyft – Two different companies, both do the same thing. A ride whenever and wherever they need so they don’t get stuck at a bar, or at a friend’s house. I tell my kids to always go with a friend.
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.
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.