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The Best Apps for USF Students

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The Best Apps for USF Students

I always feel old when I say, ‘back in my day’, but the truth is that back in my day, we lived in a world without cell phones, tablets, and computers.  To get information at school, you had to visit the information boards, get printed schedules, and visit office after office just to get school business done.  Today, our kids have everything at their fingertips. Information is instant, convenient, and plentiful. Apps provide no need to walk miles around campus to set up tutoring appointments, pay bills, or even to eat.  There are a lot of useful apps that USF students use, and here are a few of them:

USF and College Studying Apps

MyUSF – This is the first app a new student will download because it provides access to courses, schedules, instructors, accounts, maps, events, and so much more.  It also gives access to CANVAS, GEMS, FAST, and OASIS. This app is all things USF!

MoBull Messenger – This security app notifies students of emergency updates via text.  You must opt-in through NetID Account Services. Students can also sign up for features like Eyewitness, Guardian, and Smart 911.

BullTracker – This app gives real-time information about campus bus locations and arrival predictions.

USF Maps App – These maps provide many travel resources from parking, bicycle sharing lots, and BullRunner routes.

FindMyClass – Just select the USF Tampa campus, plug in the building for your class, and a map will give you directions to the building and an estimated time of arrival.

Parkmobile – This allows you to pay for timed parking spaces through your cell phone.

Social Bicycles – This is part of the Share-A-Bull Bikes program.  With a pass purchase, you can unlock a bike, use it, and return it to any bike rack on campus within the operational area.

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 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.
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 – Provide4s 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 MYUSF app and turn in your assignment. Sync with your other devices.

apps.usf.edu Application Gateway – This provides over 40 software applications for personal use.  Log in with a USF NetID and they can be accessed from any computer anywhere.

Handshake – This is an online career management system that students can use to find jobs, research companies, view events, and interact with a Career Consultant.

Career Fair Plus – This app allows you to see all career fair events, see the lists of employers and jobs.

 

Restaurants & Entertainment

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 and local and online businesses (Office Depot). There is even Double Point Tuesday. (which is great since my daughter has three classes on Tuesdays.)

UConnection – A food and drink app with exclusive deals, daily specials and more from restaurants and bars

UberEATS too, 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.

EatStreet – online and mobile food ordering and delivery service provider

 

Money, Finances & Getting Around

USF Maps App – These maps provide many travel resources from parking, bicycle sharing lots, and BullRunner routes.

FindMyClass – Just select the USF Tampa campus, plug in the building for your class, and a map will give you directions to the building and an estimated time of arrival.

Parkmobile – This allows you to pay for timed parking spaces through your cell phone.

Social Bicycles – This is part of the Share-A-Bull Bikes program.  With a pass purchase, you can unlock a bike, use it, and return it to any bike rack on campus within the operational area.

Venmo – Your student probably already has it, but this app allows people to split bills, pay their share of things like groceries, meals, uber rides, etc.  It’s also a great way for parents to “pay” their kids when they need extra money.

Uber – This is another app they may already have and creates no excuse for putting themselves in an unsafe situation. Lyft is an alternative to using Uber.

Mint – My daughter 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 – Download and sign up for this popular fitness app. Search ‘Aramark on Campus’ and all menu items will be there.  A great way to stay healthy and stay on track.

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