College apps

Best Apps to Help You Survive College

College is a time in young people’s lives where their responsibilities start to get bigger. When you were younger, you probably had your mom or dad waking you up in the morning, helping you with your homework, managing your money and telling you where and when you have to be.

You could look at it as a bad or good thing, but when you are in college everything is up to you and all of those things and much more are your responsibilities now.

Remember that saying “there is an app for that”? Well, college is not easy but there is truly an app for that, or in our case apps. The best college apps are the ones that can make students’ lives easier and more enjoyable. Your smartphone can ultimately become the most important school supply.

After all, college apps are here to help you meet your deadlines, stay connected with people and professors, study efficiently and more. Check out the following app list and be on top of your college life!

PDF to Word Converter with OCR

As a college student, you are probably dealing with a lot of PDF documents on a regular basis. That could be all kinds of class materials and textbooks your professors are sending you to study from. The problem can occur while trying to add some notes and comments to your materials or if you just wish to edit the text within them.

It is not an easy task and the only option you have is to retype the document or to convert it to an editable file format. This app does exactly that. It can help you convert PDFs to MS Word files with great accuracy and quality. The app even has a built-in document scanner with automatic border detection so paper documents can be scanned as well.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Mathway

This app enables you to check any basic math problem or complex calculus like trigonometry, statistics, chemistry and more in real-time. If you are struggling with an answer to a math problem, you can easily type it into the app in order to see a suggestion for solving a problem.

Connection to the internet is not required for the app to function properly which means it can be used anywhere, even in the places where cell phone reception is weak or jammed. The app is used by millions of users worldwide and it has solved more than three billion math problems so far.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Dictionary.com: English Words

This one is a no-brainer, whether you are writing a complex paper or you are trying to decipher that confusing Greek law textbook, this app will keep you covered. With over two million definitions, synonyms and antonyms, you will most certainly find what you are looking for.

You can search for words with your voice and the app has an option to show you the word history and its origin. It even works with the strangest words.  Amazing, right? It has Word of the Day section where you can learn a new word each day and expand your vocabulary.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Mint

We all know how hard it is to keep track of your spendings, especially when you are young and just recently started taking care of your own finances. There are plenty of apps that can help you manage your finances, and Mint is one of the best. It is easy to use money management and the financial tracker app.

It brings together all your investments, credit cards, bank accounts, and bills in one centralized place. This way you will be able to see all your spendings and even places where you can save money. You can also set up smart budgets and see saving opportunities based on your spending activities. The app can even give you information about your credit score and net worth.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

iStudiez Pro

This app can be a lifesaver if used properly. It can help students track their college grades, assignments or schedules all from one centralized place.

You are not sure when your Physics homework is due or when your next test is? No problem, you can check everything on your iStudiez app! The only thing you need to do is input dates and information as you go along and the app will do the rest. The best thing is that you can connect the app to other calendars like Google Calendar as well.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Duolingo

If you are struggling with your language courses, there is no better app to help you than Duolingo. It is a really quick and easy way to learn the basics of any language or to keep up with existing lessons. On top of that, the app will provide you with stories that you can read to further improve your skills, a built-in dictionary and a list of learned words and reminders to start practising.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Coursera

This app is for the ones who want to expand their knowledge further or just want to learn something new that is not available at their university. Coursera will grant you access to more than 3.500 courses in more than 11 topics from the best universities like Duke, Stanford, and John Hopkins.

Every course consists of interactive textbooks with video instructions, group discussions, and graded assignments. After each successful course completion, you will be able to purchase a certificate that costs from $29 to $99. You can even get an accredited college or master’s degree on Coursera which starts from $15.000 and goes all the way up to $25.000.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Pocket

You can find many amazing articles on the internet, but you usually don’t have enough time to read them all right away. Yes, you can bookmark them, but it can become really messy finding the right one later if you have more than a few of them bookmarked. So instead of struggling with that, why not use Pocket? By using the app, you can save articles to read offline without any of the annoying ads and popups, and you can even search through your saved articles. It is really a great way to research and learn about new topics.

Price: Free

Available on: iOS and Android

Forest

Whatever you do, Forest is the app that will help you stay focused on the here and now things. The idea is very simple: create a forest full of trees where each tree represents your focused time. You simply plant a seed and for a specific period of time, while the tree is growing, you can’t use your phone. If you by any chance start using your phone the tree will whiter and you will have to do it all over again. Once the tree is fully grown you can put it in your forest and start using your phone again.

Price: iOS ($1.99) and Android (Free)

We could have easily mentioned some other well-known apps like Evernote, Google Drive, and others, but since everyone knows those apps very well, we decided to focus on the lesser-known apps that can be of great value to college students. In case we forgot to mention apps you frequently use, please let us know in the comment section.

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