This is a guest post by Whitney Adams who is a freelance writer for AndGeeks.com.
Being in college can be a very freeing and rewarding experience, but it can get stressful at times. There are many ways you can reduce your stress while in college and that is by using apps on your phone to help you along the way. There are many different smartphone apps that students have access to these days that can help them be more productive for class and while studying. There are a lot of different apps that are available for students; here are the top 5.
Dropbox is a very helpful app that you can use on almost any mobile device or computer. This app is great for students because it gives you access to all of your documents where ever you may be. Dropbox lets you sync up you files on any device that you have the application and stores it in the cloud. From the application, you can easily save papers and assignments straight to your desktop, or share them with others. To use Dropbox, you have to sign up for an account, which is free, in order to access your files from your devices. When you sign up, you receive 3 GB of free storage. You can upgrade your account later to get more storage if you need to. This is a great app for students and lets them access their documents, even if they leave their laptop at home. It also lets them collaborate with others on group projects without having to send out a bunch of emails. Dropbox lets you shave documents and files with anyone else who has the application. This is a free app and is available for iPhone and Android.
iSource MLA lets you quickly and easily figure out the citation information for bibliographies. This app gives you the option to find citations for references like books, webpages, films, and many more types of resources. While you are in the app you can select what type of resource you need a citation for, and it will have different fields for you to fill out. Once you have completed all of the possible fields, you will have your citation. You can also look at the MLA guidelines to see if your bibliography fits with the MLA format. iSource MLA is $2.99 and is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The developers also have a version for APA formatting.
Having internet access is essential for doing research for papers, but if you aren’t at home, you have to rely on Wi-Fi. Having the Wi-Fi Finder app is very helpful for students. You can quickly and easily find different Wi-Fi hotspots that are either free or paid. This app lets you sort your resorts by location type, like hotels or restaurants, and even internet provider. You can save Wi-Fi hotspots to your favorites so you can easily find your favorite locations. The app can also work offline when you download he offline database that has over 140 countries and 310,000 hotspots. This app is available through iTunes and Google Play. However, there are some cell phone plans that let you turn your phone into a mobile hotspot, such as phones with the T-Mobile broadband services. Phones that have this plan are able to instantly become their one Wi-Fi hotspot, letting you have internet access no matter what.
Textbooks can be very pricey, and even though most schools offer buy backs, it can be difficult to get the full amount back. One thing you can do instead is rent your text books. Chegg has many different text books that you can rent, and now you can do so from your phone. With the Chegg app, you can search for your text books, compare prices, rent your books and even check on the shipping status or due dates. Chegg also lets you use your phones camera to scan the barcode of the textbook you need and it will find it for you. Textbooks can be expensive, so renting them is always a great way to save money. Chegg is free and is currently only available for iPhones.
myHomework helps you get organized. This app lets you set up assignments for specific classes, add them to your calendar, and set reminders. The main screen is easy to navigate and lets you know that you have upcoming or late assignments. When you set a reminder, the app will notify you through push notifications that you have an upcoming assignment. You can also create an account on the myHomework website and then sync your app to the site so you can access your assignments on your computer. This app is great to keep track of when assignments are due, scheduling your tests, and helps you manage your time. The app is available in iTunes and Google Play.