Top 8 Back-To-School Apps

By: Caitlin Slater Email
By: Caitlin Slater Email

Hello, my name is Caitlin Slater and I am an addict.

Don't worry it's just to my iPhone, but if you are anything like me then you need to read this! With school starting in just a few weeks, we have to start preparing once again for those early morning classes and late nights studying. As college students, our phones are extensions of our bodies, so why not let them help us with school? These 8 apps, (all of which are 100% free), are sure to help you manage your academic life.

1. Wifi Finder

The worst thing in the world is when you can't find anywhere to study, or if there's no wifi when you do. I cannot tell you the amount of time I have wasted driving around because Mugwalls was full and the wifi at Starbucks was not working. My life became much simpler once I downloaded Wifi Finder on my phone. Wifi Finder shows free or paid wifi locations on a map and helps you locate a network close to you. This app is a life saver around finals time and a must-have for college students.

2. Evernote

It is such a pain when you have notes scattered on so many different devices that it takes like an hour to get them all together. Sometimes I bring my computer to class, other times a notebook. I am the worst at keeping notes organized. Evernote is an app that syncs your notes across your computer and other devices you use. With the app you can take notes, capture pictures, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and countless other things. All your uploaded information can also be searched by using a keyword, which is a huge time saver. If you want to be more organized this year, this app will help you.

3. Mint

Once I turned 21, my bank account took a turn for the worst. Northgate was starting to get the best of me. That is when I discovered Mint. It is a personalized app that helps you track, budget and manage your money all in one place. You can view all of your accounts, from checking and savings to credit cards and investments. It can create a customized budget based on what you spend your money on and even gives you reminders when it is time to pay your bills, helping you avoid late fees. Worrying about money is a huge stress on college students, but this app can help relieve some of that tension.

4. gFlash + Flashcards & Test

Flashcards have been used as a study tool for years. gFlash gives that old method a bump into the 21st century with their flashcard app. Here you can create and edit your own card sets, create multiple choice questions, & build your own practice test. You can even add images, video and audio for more detailed examinations. Even if you are not in an area with wifi, you can still use the app to study the cards that are already made. This is a great app for studying in between classes, in waiting rooms and right before the big test!

5. Dictionary & Thesaurus

Are book versions of dictionarys even sold anymore? With all the information available on the Internet, looking up words in the dictionary has almost become obsolete. However this dictionary/thesaurus app is very handy for everyday use. It is especially useful when writing a paper, and for expanding your vocabulary. The entire dictionary is on your phone so even you aren't connected to the internet, you can still look up and find words.

6. Wikipanion

Let's be honest, we all look at Wikipedia to help us study or do assignments. Professors hate it, but we love it. It is anything you could want to know about everything, all in one easy-to-read page! With this app, you can do a full text Wikipedia search, save images to your photo library, and see a table of contents about the subject. As a bonus, it is completely advertisement free! This is a very useful app, especially when it comes to history and science.

7. Yelp

So you are tired of eating Sbisa and need some other food? Well Yelp can help you find nearby restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. It lets you modify your search by "hood, distance, price, and what's open now". You can also look at reviews of each establishment and see what people are saying about it. Next time you want to leave campus and get some grub, consult Yelp and discover something you've never tried before!

8. Your school's mobile app!

Most universities and colleges have their own apps that are very useful and provide important information about the school. I personally use my TAMU app to look at bus routes and our campus map all the time. Take a minute to search for your school's app today.

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