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Do you browse through the App Store to see what will help you keep track of your schedule or learn a few study tips? You’re not alone. There are many apps available for your smartphone that will help you through your schooling and life.
There’s just one problem. Which one do you download?
The App Store can be overwhelming. There are multiple versions of one app that does basically the exact same thing. So, which one do you install?
Here is a list of the top 10 back-to-school apps you should download onto your phone.
You may have come across Quora when you Google a question. That is because it is a growing site allows its users to ask questions to people who know what they’re talking about with said topic. Basically, it’s a library for your phone that links you with smart people. This app would come in handy for the upcoming research projects you’re bound to have.
Google Drive is like the mother lode of all storage and shared documents. With one Google account, you can sync your phone, computer, laptop, and tablet all to Google Drive. You can create documents that will automatically save to the Google storage system. Then you can access it on any device. It also allows you to share documents with other people easily. It is a must-have for students.
Unfortunately, there is the issue of theft in some schools. Not only that, how often do you lose something? Maybe a cellphone after a night out at the bar? The last thing you want to do is cough up another grand to replace your device. Prey Anti-Theft Allows you to track a missing or stolen device, even a laptop. It secretly takes pictures if there is a front camera, you can lock the device, or send a message that lets someone know you are tracking the device.
Mylo is a Canadian developed app that was featured on Dragons Den. You link your bank account and any credit cards to the app. Each purchase you make, the app will round up the purchase to the nearest dollar and invest the spare change. You will set up an investment portfolio and get assigned to someone to keep tabs on your portfolio. You can save money and earn a small return with only $1.00 per month fee.
Here is a budgeting app developed by Intuit, also known for the tax software QuickBooks. You connect your bank account and credit cards to help keep track of your spending. You set up a budget, and the app will begin learning your spending habits and assign purchases to your categories. The app grows with you to help you take control of your spending.
University students will soon realize why they need a day planner or agenda of some sorts. The myHomework Student Planner app allows you to schedule all of your upcoming projects, assignments, tests, and anything else you have going on. You can set reminders for when due dates are approaching to help you keep on top of your homework.
If you’re someone that likes lists, this app is for you. Trello is an app that creates boards to help you organize your life. Within those boards, you make lists for anything and everything, make notes about them, set due dates, and reminders. What’s fantastic with this app is if you have a group project, you can link others to your board and assign tasks to them.
How often do you waste time browsing social media and laughing at memes, maybe even a few cat videos? If you are easily distracted, AntiSocial will be your lifesaver. This app tracks how many minutes you spend on social media, how often you unlock your phone in a day, and compares you to other users. You can even blacklist apps to help keep your usage to a minimum.
Download Apple’s 2017 App of the Year, Calm. This app will take you through guided meditation, help you with your mental health, ease stress, and allow you to get a more restful sleep. University can be stressful, so having an app that can keep your stress levels under control is highly valuable.
Last but definitely not least, Second Bind – Sell Textbooks. We developed an app that makes selling your textbooks as easy as possible. Scan your books barcodes, pack and ship your books for free, and earn money. It’s that simple. Plus, when you sell a textbook, we plant a tree. How awesome is that?
Kailey graduated with a degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. Now she lives a double life in Manitoba – writer by day and dance teacher by night. When she’s not at her computer, you’ll find her curled up with a glass of red wine and knitting, or obsessively taking photos of her puppy.🐶🐾
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