Being a student at university is without a doubt one of the best and most fun times of your life, but it can also be one of the hardest and most challenging in terms of achieving the perfect balance between social life and academic life. We have all heard stories from our parents or older friends and family of how they failed to manage all of the different pressures and commitments that were part of their every day lives whilst university students, but thanks to the modern, tech focused age that we now live, today’s students have the advantage of something that past generations didn’t, apps! We all have our favourite apps on our smartphones, from games to music to social media, but did you know that there are also a whole host of apps that can help university students to make their lives as easy and stress free as possible? Here are some of the apps that we think add up to most productive university experience.
1. Google Drive
Do you ever have that crushing fear of, or realization that you have misplace an important USC stick filled with irreplaceable work and notes? With Google Drive, there is no longer any need to experience that fear! With a massive 15GB of space for a free account, you will be able to store all of your important academic documents and access them through any internet connected computer or device. Gone are the days of having to run home to pick up the floppy disk that you left behind!
If you are the kind of student who like to really customise and add to your class notes, then Notability is definitely something you will be interested in. The app allows you to type, handwrite, annotate and even sketch on top of scanned documents, and even better, it links to both Google Drive and Dropbox for ultimate ease of importing and exporting files. Another great feature of the app is that it allows you to record and store an entire lecture, so you don’t have to take as many notes as you have previously, because all the information and wisdom of your teacher is stored in the app!
We don’t like to admit it, but we all know that once we fall in to a social media shaped procrastination hole, we could be gone for 45 minutes or more! If this sounds familiar, then SelfControl can step in to solve the problem. The app allows you to input certain websites that are your go to time wasters and block access to them for a certain amount of time. This will then leave you to be able to study at a much more productive rate until the timer runs out and you can reward yourself with a quick catch up on all the latest selfies and cat videos!
4. Lost On Campus
Being a first year at university is stressful enough without getting lost in your first few nerve wracking weeks, and the Lost On Campus app is here to make sure that you don’t find yourself in a place that you aren’t supposed to be! The app contains detailed campus maps of many different universities around Australia, so detailed in fact that they will even tell you where the nearest toilets are, as well as the nearest vending machines and coffee shops! There is also a cool comments feature where fellow students can voice their opinions and tips for different locations across campus.
5. My Weekly Budget
Being a poor student can be a very chic experience, but that’s only if you do it right! There’s being poor, and then there’s being flat out broke, and the handy My Weekly Budget app can prevent this totally financial disaster from occurring. All you need to do is input some of your financial data and the app will quickly go about calculating the kinds of figures that you need to be sticking to in order to make it through the week/month/year. It’s a great app for keeping track of your money to make sure you’re not overspending.
6. The Happiest Hour
Let’s be honest, if students are good at one thing, it’s making the most of a pub or bar happy hour! The Happiest Hour is here to help you in a big way by pinpointing your location and checking all of the nearby drinking establishments to report back on which ones are the best rated and which ones have the cheapest happy hour! This is the perfect app to act as an accompaniment to My Weekly Budget, as its also helping you to save money but also pointing you towards a good time to unwind and relax from the hard work you’ve been doing throughout the week!