There’s an app for pretty much everything these days. We’ve put together our Top 10 guide to the mobile apps that’ll make student life easier, cheaper, safer and more fun. Here’s our pick of the best…
1. Wake up!
If you are a repeat offender of hitting that snooze button and then waking up late, Alarmy (IOS, Android, free) is the app for you. It has a range of ways to make sure you’re too awake to press snooze. You might choose to solve a puzzle, shake the phone up and down so many times, or get out of bed to take a picture of something in your room, before the alarm will switch itself off. You’ll be raring to go before you know it and might even have 10 mins spare for breakfast.
2. Be productive
Forest- stay focused (IOS, £1.99) is a fun productivity app – you open it, set a time, and plant a tree. If you check your phone before times up, you kill the tree. Do your work, save the planet – simple!
Alternatively, Offtime (Android, free) is a digital detoxer that blocks your calls, texts and notifications, and even limits your phone usage, so you can keep your focus when a deadline is looming.
3. Planning your time
Organization is a key skill for study success and as well as saving on paper, many planner apps can send alerts straight to your phone or device.
MyStudyLife (IOS, Android, free) helps you create detailed timetables, break down tasks and to-do lists and works offline too – so if you’re in a signal blackspot, you can still access your schedule.
4. Lists, lists and more lists…
If you love a list, check out Wunderlist (IOS, Android, Windows, free) which does what it says on the tin – it makes useful to-do lists to help you remember deadlines, assignments, lectures and more, and you can share your lists with other Wunderlist-users – which is useful for sharing tasks on group/shared project work.
5. Revision and exam prep
GoConqr (IOs, Android, free) turns your course notes into mind maps, flash cards, quizzes and slides. You can even connect and collaborate with friends and classmates from around the world – is revision starting to sound fun yet? If you’re one of those people who thrives under pressure or needs help organising your time, another popular choice is Exam Countdown (IOS, Android, free), which keeps track of when your exams to keep you focused and motivated.
6. Dissertation/essay writing
EasyBib (IOS, Android, free) generates citations for your bibliography quickly via this handy app. Simply scan the book’s barcode for easy referencing and select the style of citation required by your tutor – especially useful for dissertation writing.
Lecture apps allow you to record and listen back to classes, great for helping you make notes on lectures. SoundNote (IOS, £3.96) is popular with iPad users, acting as a notepad and audio recorder. It can track what you type or draw, and record audio at the same time! If you want to capture notes from a whiteboard, Office Lens (IOS, Android, free) allows you to photograph a whiteboard, convert it into a PDF, Word or Powerpoint file and save it for catch-up and revision purposes.
8. Student Safety
The Circle of Six app (IOS, Android, free) was designed specifically to keep students connected with their friends. It’s especially useful for locating lost friends on nights out, via a GPS tracker which will mark your location on friends’ devices. It also has the facility to make an instant call for help at the touch of a button.
9. Time Out
White Noise (IOS, Android, free) is a useful app if you find yourself in a noisy flat-share situation or simply needing some extra quiet time. With over 40 different sounds, designed to block out interruptions and help you fall asleep.
10. Grab a bargain
Student Beans (IOS, Android, free) is basically a digital student card that gives you access to student discounts and deals on shopping, food, cinema, events and lots more, including most major high street brands. You can also search by brand to speed things up, if you’re looking for something in particular.