6 Types of Apps You Need for University
University can often feel pretty overwhelming — why is it that even when you’re only a couple weeks into the semester, it feels like you’re already behind on the reading?
Uni is that time that it can feel like you have a billion things to do and no time to do it. So what tools can you use to help you get organised?
There are numerous apps that you can download to help you get organised — you have access to the whole of the internet in your back pocket! These kinds of apps are the essentials you need that will help you get through your day. Let’s get started!
1. Organisation apps
Before you even get to your classes, you need to make sense of your class schedule, which is more confusing than people expect it to be. Then you have to keep track of all of the assignments you have for each class and when they’re due. That’s why time management apps are amongst the most important apps you need for university.
Class Timetable is a great free app that sets your class schedule out in an easy to read format with a calendar display and a week by week breakdown. The notification feature is great if you’re a forgetful person, and it can sync up to an Apple Watch as well for easy reminders. You can download a version of Class Timetable on iOS and Android.
Flexibits’ Fantastical 2 is a more comprehensive organisational tool, but the free version only lasts 21 days, after which time you’ll have to pay. It does have its advantages though, like a great search feature that lets you find out if you’ve got any homework due or any tests coming up, so you never miss anything.
2. Notetaking apps
Taking notes is a big part of university, but doing it the old fashioned way isn’t that efficient. A page full of scribbled notes that don’t make any sense isn’t very useful to you when you’re trying to revise for an exam, so you should use a mobile app that helps to take notes instead.
Evernote is one of the best apps for Android and iOS that helps you to take better notes and organise them effectively. It has some great templates to help you take faster notes, and you can also scan documents and add them to your notes on your phone.
Google Keep is a great free alternative for taking notes, but it doesn’t have quite as many features as Evernote. However, it does work seamlessly with Google Drive and Google Docs so you can easily add notes to other documents that you’re working on. This is great if you’re out and about and you have a flash of inspiration about something you’re working on.
3. Transcription apps
Sometimes, classes and lectures move too fast and you just can’t keep up with the notes, even if you use notetaking apps. But it’s easier to keep up if you record lectures and then send the recordings to a transcription service to get them transcribed. All of your notes will be there, ready for you to start your revision.
Take Note is a great app that not only offers an in-app voice recorder, but also a feature that allows these recordings to be instantly uploaded to get accurate and reliable transcriptions. You can get both verbatim and detailed notes transcriptions, depending on your needs. A verbatim transcription (sometimes called intelligent verbatim, word-for-word, or clean verbatim) will cut out all filler words, pauses and false starts and just present what’s said. However, a detailed notes transcript may suit your revision needs even better as it removes any irrelevant text, making it easier to read.
4. Discount apps
Students are always looking for ways to save money, and there are many discounts you can take advantage of as a student. There are some great apps you should regularly check for money off restaurants or shops.
UNiDAYS is a great site that compiles a list of all the student discounts that you can get right now. If you download their free app, you can get exclusive deals that don’t appear on the website and it’s easy to activate the discount codes.
Student Beans is another great discount site with their own dedicated app. It’s so simple to search for the brand that you want and see whether there are any discounts available so whenever you buy something online, you can make a saving.
Save The Student is a popular site where students can find lots of great information to help save money. It is almost like a social media site for students, they have a great discount feature on there as well.
5. Study apps
Trying to make sense of revision during exam periods can be tough, but there are some great apps to help you out.
Cram is a great app that helps you to revise by using flashcards. You can search flashcards by subject and find some great condensed versions of the relevant information you need. You can also create your own flashcards and add them, so there is a great community of students helping one another revise.
Quizlet has plenty of flashcard sets, but if you don’t learn well that way, you can find plenty of other tools. You can also get matching games or short tests to see where gaps in your knowledge are.
6. Mindfulness and
Between all of the lectures, studying, money management, and the social aspects of being a student, you don’t get much time to relax. Mindfulness and meditation apps are great for helping you take a break and reduce stress.
Headspace and Calm are both great apps that teach you the basics of meditation. They also offer paid versions that have more specific meditations to help you deal with stress and anxiety or improve your sleep patterns.
If you don’t want to pay a subscription, you should try out Insight Timer. It gives you access to over 30,000 guided meditations and they’re all completely free.
These are the main types of apps you need for university if you want to stay on top of your schedule and get the most out of your experience.