Back to Class: 7 Apps For University & College Life

September 9, 2016 Mark Glucki

Amazing apps for students.

Campuses are humming again, as students have flooded back to another fall semester. With new courses, degrees, working groups and dorm rooms, it can be a hectic year ahead. But armed with smartphones, tablets and laptops, university and college students are a click away from getting help to stay on top of it all.

Here are seven apps that will help students stick to the books, stay organized, healthy and have a great year.

Keep Organized: Any.do

Any.do app

The Any.do app has helped me stay on top of tasks and to-do lists better than any other, and the secret is its simplicity. Enter in a task for today, tomorrow, upcoming or in the distant "someday," and group it according to your courses or any categories you wish. 

Any.do will keep all your tasks perfectly in sync across all your devices so whether you look at your smartphone or your home computer, your list will be exactly the same. And since PC Magazine, TechCrunch and The Verge have all rated it a top app, you know it's gotten the seal of approval.

Download for free on Apple or Android, and check out their Chrome extension.

Keep Productive: Evernote

Yes, yes, you've probably seen countless lists featuring Evernote. But it's for a good reason. This app is simply incredible. That is, if you use it to its full potential.

Take notes on the app or in your handwritten notebook, snap pics of those notes and then be able to search through them — even if you're looking for that thought you scribbled down on the side of your page. You can also save documents, plan projects and capture audio files.

Then access all of your Evernote info across all devices, so if you're in class or studying at a friend's place, you'll have your notes with you.

Download for free on Apple and Android.

Keep Studying: Flashcards+ by Chegg 

Flashcards+ by Chegg

Flashcards+ lets you "memorize like a pro" with their predesigned flashcards. Or design your own to study exactly what you need to remember for your next test or exam. Add text and images, or download other students' flashcard sets via cram.com.

Chegg is renowned for their online textbook sales, although shipping may currently be limited to the United States. 

Download for free on Apple and Android.

Keep Fuelled: Skip the Dishes

Skip the Dishes app

Manitoba-based Skip the Dishes is "a better way to get your food." With local restaurants that deliver right to your dorm, house or campus meeting room, you'll be able to get your favourite dish from anywhere.

Skip the Dishes lets you order directly from the app for now or later on, letting you prepare for after class when you know your cravings will kick in. Then track your order in real-time, so you can countdown the minutes until your pizza, pasta, Thai or Chinese food arrives.

Download for free on Apple or Android.

     Related: How restaurant delivery apps are changing our thinking about food          

Keep in Shape: Bodyweight Training: You Are Your Own Gym

Bodyweight Training: You Are Your Own Gym, is a long name for such a straightforward app. Personal trainer, Mark Lauren, guides you through workouts that are guaranteed to get your sweat on, even for the highest level of athlete. I challenge you to make it through a workout without being completely winded by the end.

Follow a pre-designed program or build your own exercise routine, then follow along with the 200+ videos that demonstrate exactly how to do each exercise. Mark guides you through the routine and tells you exactly when to take a rest break, then when to jump back into your routine.

The beauty is you can get a great workout in a small space, like your dorm room or home basement, with zero equipment required. There is a small charge for this app, but compared to gym memberships this is a relatively small fee.

Download on Apple ($4.99) and Android ($7.19).

Keep Rested: Sleep Cycle Power Nap

Sleep Cycle Power Nap app

Who doesn't love a good nap? Whether at home or getting a quick snooze in a library desk cubicle between classes, sometimes you just need a little extra shuteye. 

Enter the Sleep Cycle Power Nap. This app is designed to give your body the perfect amount of napping time so you wake up and feel rested. Set the mode to Power Nap, Recover Nap or 1 Sleep Cycle, and then press Start.

You can fall asleep with ease, knowing that the app will wake you up at the perfect time. Power Nap monitors your body movement using your device's accelerometer, and wakes you up when you are in the light sleep stage, so you'll never wake up groggy. Unfortunately, this app is only available on Apple, but it has a sister app called Sleep Cycle Alarm clock available on Android ($1.39), to help you get a great full night's sleep.

Download on Apple ($2.79).

Keep Awake: Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

Yes, we're highlighting two apps related to sleep, because once you're asleep it's hard to wake up.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is touted as the "World's Most Annoying Alarm App," as you'll be forced to get out of bed and take a picture of something like your bathroom sink in order for the alarm to shut off. Once you're up, just don't crawl back in bed. 

Download on Apple ($2.79) and Android (Free).

What apps help with your campus life? Tell us in the comments section below.

About the Author

Mark Glucki

Mark has grown digital blog communities to connect Canadian business and tech pros by focusing on creating relatable content that everyone can enjoy. He developed a North American best practice on creating great experiences on social networks and spends as much time thinking of the end reader as he does writing content. Mark is also a commercial photographer focusing on product and location images. His work can be seen at Wonderlab Photo.

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