14 Suggested Apps To Try For The New School Year

Are you looking for an advantage in the classroom this upcoming semester?  Whether it is to stay productive with workloads, learning content, or to stay organized, using mobile apps is one way to dominate the college learning experience.

Here are 14 apps to try out this semester to help with the many aspects of being a college student:

Productivity and Organization:

Evernote: We start with one of my widely used favorites. You can use Evernote to create “notebooks”, which can be used to stay organized, write notes, capture voice recordings and photos, and create checklists. One suggestion is to create a notebook for each course you are enrolled in and then add content, notes, or ideas within each notebook. Evernote syncs perfectly from your phone to your desktop, laptop, or tablet for easy note sharing and viewing.

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myHomework: This app helps keep you organized specifically with your courses and coursework.

studious: This is another app focused on helping with coursework, project management, and organization.

Blackboard Mobile: For those courses that use Blackboard as their learning management system, download the Blackboard Mobile app to take your learning mobile.  Mobile learning is a great way to stay on top of current communications, content, and projects within your courses. The app is $1.99.

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Learning Aids:

StudyBlue: Digital flashcards that can be viewed on your mobile device, desktop/laptop, or print.

Quizlet: Digital quiz banks to help study on an assortment of topics and content.

Khan-App Pro: Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization that provides free educational videos on various content and topics. Make sure you have access to Khan Academy on your mobile device. You can either bookmark the Khan Academy site within your internet browser or download a Khan Academy-dedicated app like Khan-App Pro. You can use Khan Academy videos to refresh (or get caught up) or review course-related content.

Feedly: Do you want to stay current on the topics within your discipline? If so, then check out Feedly! Feedly is a RSS (rich site summary) organizer, reader, and delivery system. Set up your topics, subscribe to some RSS feeds (most websites will have this function), and enjoy the flooding of information that is now available at your fingertips. Each time an article is published within the sites you have selected, they will be added to your designated folders (see the number of new articles next to the content sources in the picture below). The articles within your RSS feeds can then be saved, bookmarked, or shared via email or social media. This is definitely worth setting up and will make you current in your field of expertise!

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Twitter: Now of course you have heard of Twitter. Who hasn’t? But how can you use the social media site for learning purposes? Did you know that Twitter can be used in the same manner as Feedly to gain content and keep up with current dialogues within your field? A few small suggestions for using Twitter for educational or learning purposes:

  • Follow similar students within your major (even at other schools)
  • Follow professionals in your field to gauge their everyday work life and professional behavior
  • Save hashtags that are specific to your discipline (#sporttech, for example, will pull in any tweet that features sport technology and includes that hashtag)
  • Use the search function to pull in all conversations and content on a particular topic in real-time. This is an easy way to find out a current trend.
  • Network with like professionals. Twitter is also a great place to find job postings in your field.

Tools:

Smart Voice Recording: Every student needs a good voice recorder. This is my suggestion. You can take voice recordings and then store them into Evernote for later retrieval.

Zotero: Think of Zotero as EasyBib taken to the next level. It’s a research tool that syncs up with your web browser for easy documentation. Its “drag and drop” feature on the desktop version allows for simple organization of files and content. The ability to create a bibliography with “two clicks” is also ideal for the researcher limited on time. Check out the desktop software first and then move to the mobile version for retrieval of your research articles on the go.

Cloud Technology: Saving your files to a cloud-based system allows you to easily access your documents wherever there is an internet connection. This is extremely helpful for collaborating in groups, working remotely, or using computers on campus that you do not personally own. Dropbox and Google Drive are two options that allow you to access any of your files on an assortment of devices via an internet connection.

Life:

Wunderlist: Every needs a checklist, right? Wunderlist is a simple and beautiful to-do list app that will keep you on top of things throughout the semester.

myfitnesspal: Don’t forget about your FITNESS! Myfitnesspal’s assortment of apps and partnerships with wearable technology companies make it easier than ever to log and monitor your physical activity. Check out their suite of apps to see which can aid your fitness goals the best.

If you need any help setting up or using these technologies, please contact Professor Zach Binkley in the Sport and Exercise Science Department for more information.

Good luck with the upcoming school year! Hopefully these tools will take your learning to the next level!

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