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The 15 Apps Needed for Success in College

Apps Needed for Success in College

To succeed in college requires the same thing that success in many areas of life requires…a team. And yes, one will have roommates and classmates and professors and advisors to help on the journey through college. But no matter what kind of fantastic team one finds themselves surrounded by, there will be the need for a little bit of extra help. When everyone else is busy taking the steps to achieve their own success, where can one turn?

Enter the app. The little programs conveniently downloadable and accessible on an equally convenient computer kept in a person’s pocket, always at the ready and always reliable. These applications are as varied and unique as the people who use them. But what are the apps most commonly used and why are they helpful?

Below are the top 14+ apps for college students. For the sake of organization, they have even been categorized. Check out their description as well as the strengths we believe they add.

Apps For Study

  1. Vocabulary Builder from Magoosh – When a more extensive vocabulary than the one used in middle school is needed, what is more fun than a quiz game? Whether writing for an entrance exam or a graduate-level paper or simply for the sake of growing, learning new words never needs to be a scary proposition.
  2. Dragon Dictation – From their own description, “easily dictate documents of any length, edit, format and share them directly from your iPhone or iPad — whether visiting clients, a job site, or your local coffee shop.’ Imagine having the professor write the notes needed for studying later. The any-size feature offered here is a big win.
  3. Brainscape – Smart Flashcards – For those who enjoy the old school method of flashcards but appreciate not needing to find paper or pen in order to create said cards. Complete with the ability to share across devices and with friends, this app clearly also includes the ability to make friends.
  4. Evernote & Penultimate – It’s the ultimate note-taking app, with the extra fun of remembering that some people prefer to write. Any app-maker that understands its reach to multiple generations and varied tastes deserves to be on a list such as this.
  5. SelfControl – Turn off the social media apps while studying, with a convenient timer. For anyone with the willpower to do this without an app, please don’t judge the rest of us.

Honorable mentions



Apps For College Life

  1. Wunderlist – The college life is an entrance into adulthood, which means keeping track of responsibilities, relationships and everything else requiring attention to detail. A to-do list can help maintain focus on the present while not allowing one to forget what’s looming. The worst part of Wunderlist may be it going away. or Todoist will also work to stay on top of everything. Looking for a smart comparison amongst the many to-do apps? Check out this article –        todoist-vs-wunderlist-vs-any-do/
  2. Feedly – There’s so much great content on the internet that much of it is bound to be missed. By simply plugging in interests and finding blogs and news sites that are of interest, one can now get to their reading on their own schedule, with the added bonus of having it all in one place.
  3. Mathway – So many uses for those who use math every day. Simply click a picture of the problem and a solution will be offered. Even for those who are being proved wrong about needing math, and wish they had paid more attention in class, this app will prove beneficial. But it’s not a tip calculator. If doing that math proves difficult, check out this app.
  4. VenMo – Instead of asking the waiter to split the check six ways, this app can transfer cash to a friend. It doesn’t have to just be a meal. Any purchase, any friends. Even transfer money from VenMo to a bank account. College students may not have a lot of cash, but managing it digitally is key. When managing money in every area of one’s life becomes key, check out Mint.
  5. Alarmy – Sleeping past the alarm will no longer be a problem, as this app gives assignments like taking pictures of different rooms, shaking the phone or even math problems. Don’t blame us as this is both a suggestion and a warning.

Honorable mentions




Apps For Everything Else

  1. MyFitnessPal – Being productive in every other area of life won’t happen if one is out of shape. Here are a collection of apps that will help organize and incentivize staying in shape. Because who doesn’t love competing with oneself? There’s a cost, but if the ability to customize workouts is intriguing, then Sworkit is worth a look.
  2. Resume Star (iPhone) My Resume Builder (Android) – Create a resume from scratch or use a template. Have an updated resume ready to hand out at a moment’s notice.
  3. Scribd – If a love for reading hasn’t been squashed by all the required reading, then this app offers access to books, audiobooks, magazines and more. If the cost to subscribe is problematic, download the Kindle app and get creative with finding free books.
  4. Tiny Scanner – The speed of business is faster than snail mail and fax machines. But documents still need to get delivered and if a copy machine with a scanner is not readily available, then what’s a person to do. Using Tiny Scanner, delivering those important documents is now a cinch. Similarly, TextGrabber will help attain text from pictures and videos.
  5. Weather App – Sure, looking out the window works, but when the need for knowing the weather extends beyond the currently occupied building, having a weather app is a must.

Don’t forget to stay connected. After all, relationships are important. That means social media apps! To keep up with more great information like this, be sure to stay connected with Grace College on every platform.

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