Essential apps for college students
Got a smartphone? Heading back to college? Then you should stock up on the latest free and low-cost apps to make your student life a little easier. With thousands of software applications to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding which ones to download.
• Dropbox: Sure, USB flash drives make carrying your work around easy and convenient, but what if you lose it? Imagine going to submit a term paper before realizing you've left your flash drive at home or in your dorm. Rather than risk an "F" - and the associated anxiety of losing your work - download the Dropbox app. This handy piece of software allows you to create shared folders across all your computers and devices and synchronize your work between them. No matter where you are, your files will never be far away.
• Evernote: Keep forgetting important dates? Need a hand organizing your digital life? Then Evernote might just be the most important app you'll ever download. Evernote offers a range of handy functions, including lists, the ability to record voice notes, annotate web documents and share your notes across all your gadgets. The basic app is free, or there's a pro version with extra features available for $5 per month if you really need some help getting organized.
• Droid Scan: Ever found yourself wishing you could scan an important document when you're on the go? Now you can. Droid Scan functions as a scanner in the palm of your hand, enabling you to create high-resolution scans of just about anything before converting them into a PDF file. Say goodbye to photocopying pages from ancient textbooks in the library!
• Notability: Of course, it's all well and good scanning pages from newspapers, textbooks and other print media, but what happens if you want to make notes on these documents? That's when Notability comes in. This handy app allows you to annotate PDF documents right on your phone. In addition to written notes, you can also create links to web pages and even audio notes - perfect for when you're cramming for that federal taxation test in your accounting classes.
• Studious: No list of college apps would be complete without at least one scheduling and organization tool, and Studious is one of the best. This app provides you with helpful reminders for things like homework due dates, exams and more. Best of all, if you enter your class schedule into the app, it'll automatically silence your device while you're in class.