Free Apps For College Students
A smartphone at your side can make college life much easier and more fun. Most app lists try to tell college students what they need. Unfortunately, almost none of it is based around education. Usually it is recommending that people join Twitter or download Spotify. Let us face it, that is not going to help and these days, kids already know the social media and music streaming stuff they need to know. Check out these Android apps for college students that might actually help you learn some things.
1. Chegg – Free
Textbooks can be the most expensive and annoying part of college. You are at the mercy of your professor when it comes to how many books you will need, and sometimes they require books that are never used. It sucks. Chegg is a great website for renting and buying books for cheap, but their Android app offers even more. Tap into a library of over 2.5 million guided solutions, 7-day access to rented textbooks, and eTextbooks that can be read on your device.
One of the most helpful tools for reading and writing is a dictionary at your side. Dictionary.com is a great place to look up words, and their Android app is even better. This app offers access to the full English language and Thesaurus for over 2 million definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. It even goes deeper with idioms, phrases, word origins, and audio pronunciation. In addition, you can grow your vocabulary with the Word of the Day.
2. EasyBib – Free
The most tedious and annoying part about writing a term paper is often the bibliography. You have to keep track of all the references you use, and then make sure to use the correct citation format. EasyBib makes this process much easier. You can even use it to scan bar codes from physical books and get the info auto-filled. Just keep track of things as you go, then email the bibliography to yourself when you are ready for it.
3. Easy Voice Recorder – Free
Taking notes during class can be very difficult, especially if your professor is a fast talker. A tried and true method of note taking is to record lectures for later listening. With a smartphone, you have a tape recorded right in your pocket, and you never need a new cassette. We prefer Easy Voice Recorder; however, you can still get other options that work just as well.
4. Evernote – Free
Evernote is a household name when it comes to note-taking apps, and for good reason. This mega popular app is a perfect companion for any college student. It is much more than just an app for taking notes. You can do sketches, organize notes with tags, doodle on images, save webpages, and so much more. Everything you do is synced to your account so it can be accessed everywhere. Never worry about losing a note ever again.
5. Language Apps
Learning a new language can be a very difficult task. If you have any language classes, you should use an app to help you along the way. Last month we made an extensive list of the best Android apps for learning languages. We covered everything from flashcards to direct help from native speakers. Check it out if you are interested in using an app to help with your language classes.
6. RealCalc Scientific Calculator – Free
You probably already own a scientific calculator if you are a halfway serious college student. That is great, but what do you do if you accidentally leave it at home, or you cannot find it? RealCalc can help you do scientific equations right on your Android device. Do not expect your professor to allow your phone during an exam, but in other situations, this can be handy.
7. WolframAlpha - $2.99
We cannot talk about studying apps without mentioning WolframAlpha. This service is chock full of answers to questions you might have. Wolfram describes their service as the modern-day Star Trek computer. Simply type or speak a question and you will be given an answer. "What is the unemployment rate in Chicago? What is $49.99 in euros? What are the tides in Honolulu?” The app gives you answers to everything. Just make sure you fact check.
1. Clockwork Tomato – Free
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that can help your studying techniques. The idea is simple. Break up your studying by taking a 5-minute break every 25 minutes. After four 25-minute sessions, take a 15-minute break. This technique is based on the idea that frequent breaks help mental agility. Clockwork Tomato is an app that keeps track of your Pomodoro and tells you when to break and get back to work.
2. Google Drive/ Docs – Free
This suite of apps is the best and easiest way to keep papers, notes, and anything else safe in the cloud. You can access your files anywhere, easily share them with group partners or professors, and collaborate on projects. Many people think Microsoft Office is a necessity for a college student, but Google Docs is more than capable. Join the 21st century and do your work in the cloud.
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Google Slides
- 3. IFTTT – Free
College student have a million things to do every day. Automating some of those tasks can make your life much simpler. IFTTT (If This Then That) is the best tool for the job. Get an alert when the weather goes bad so you are not stranded across campus with no umbrella. Save email attachments to Google Drive. The limit to what you can do with IFTTT is only your imagination.
4. My Study Life
My Study Life is a planner for students to make your study life easier. It allows you to store your timetable, homework, and exams in the cloud making it available on any device, wherever you are. The days of carrying around a class planner are long gone. Quickly see what your plans are, including assignments, classes, and exams. All of it is color coded and organized neatly so you are never left wondering what to do.
5. Studious – Free
Studious is a similar app to My Study Life. This elegant and minimal app helps you organize your study schedule. You can organize things by class, homework, exams, and timetable. Each day you can see what classes you have, any homework that is due, and if you have an exam on that day. It is a great way to stay on track and be productive. Do not wait for the nasty procrastination take you by surprise. Be prepared for everything.
1. 7 Minute Workout – Free
What can you do to avoid the ‘Freshman 15’. College life can be full of classes and unhealthy food. There is not much time to set aside for working out. 7 Minute Workout is a great app that can help you exercises in less than 10 minutes per day. The workout consists of 12 exercises (30 seconds each) that can be done anywhere. All you need is a chair and a wall. Do not let the Freshman 15 take you by surprise.
2. Car Locator - $3.99
Parking on campus can be a real pain. Not only do you have to pay in most places, but also sometimes you can be forced to park miles away from your class. Remembering where you parked can be as hard as finding a parking spot. Car Locator is a great app for finding your car and keeping track of meter time. It uses a nifty radar feature to let you know if you are headed in the right direction.
3. Dating Apps
A big part of being in college is meeting new people. Hooking up with fellow classmates is probably a more popular activity on most campus’ than going to football games. This makes college the perfect place to use dating apps. Tinder, especially, has become widely used by college-aged people. Be sure to check out our full list of the best dating apps for Android.
4. GrubHub – Free
Depending on where you go to school, the cafeteria food can be anywhere from amazing to downright disgusting. Regardless, sometimes you just want to good old-fashioned delivery. It is late at night, you have been experiencing the "college life,” and a pizza sounds amazing right now. Load up GrubHub on your phone and choose from a wide variety of locations that will deliver food right to your dorm room. It is easy, fast, and painless.
5. Hangouts – Free
If you are attending a college far from home, you may get a little homesick. Do not be embarrassed, it happens to the best of us. You might not be able to afford a trip back home, but you can afford a free video chat. Hangouts is a great way to talk to and see whomever you are missing back home. The hardest part is helping your technologically challenged parents figure out how to use it.
5. Lyft/ Uber
Most students start drinking in college. Once the school year comes around bars get flooded with college students. Many responsible students will call a cab when they are too drunk to drive. That is great, but there is an even easier (and cheaper) way. Lyft and Uber are the perfect apps for a night on the town. Simply use the app on your phone to call a car to pick you up. Friends do not let friends drive drunk.
6. Mint – Free
For many people college is the first time that they learn about managing their own finances. If you are not prepared, you can find yourself in a world of debt. Mint is a great service for keeping track of your spending, creating budgets, and setting alerts. Are you spending too much on ping-pong balls and Solo cups? Mint will let you know. The Android app is great for checking on things while you are on the go. Do you have enough money in your account for that new textbook? Open the app and peek. It is as simple as that.
7. SafeSpot – Free
A college campus is full of thousands of people, all very different and unique. Some of these people can have very bad intentions. SafeSpot is a great app to use if you ever walk through areas that make you feel unsafe. First, create a group of trusted people to be contacted when you are in trouble. Next time you feel unsafe just open the app and hold your finger on the button on the screen. If you should ever pull your finger off the button, your trusted contacts will be sent your location. Help is on the way.
That is your list on the greatest apps for college students! College is an amazing time to make friends, have lots of fun, and of course learn. The free android apps above will make your life easy. Goodluck!!