ollege isn’t all fun and games (unless you want it to be.) Don’t sweat it, though. Take a look at these 25 apps — they’ll give you a smoother college experience by helping you study smarter, connect with new people and wake up in time for your early lectures.
Your university probably has its own app, too — download it. It will provide you with a more tailored breakdown than a national application.
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BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all the graduate and professional exam study material you can handle. It includes hundreds of practice questions, flashcards, in-app purchases and almost 600 study lessons. Go ahead and pick your poison: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT.
2. iStudiez Pro
You’ve probably heard a lot about Evernote, and yes, you should try it. What have you got to lose … your homework? The app syncs all your stuff — text, audio, photo, video — to an online account, so you’re always connected with resources to study.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by Evernote’s many features, check out this comprehensive beginner’s guide.
Flashcards are an effective way to memorize information, but making them is a headache. With StudyBlue, use text, pictures and audio to create the perfect stack of (digital) flashcards; or, search the massive database to borrow someone else’s.
Did your little brother steal your calculator once you finished AP physics? Use RealCalc for serious computing — it’s a perfect alternative for the calculator-less.
More than 650 chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, hydrology and mechanical formulas are updated in Engineering Pro — so don’t worry about buying multiple formula apps. Save or Favorite the formulas you need most often.
Available for $11.99 for iOS.
EasyBib generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style wherever you are — just scan the book’s bar code or enter the title. The app also lets you easily email and export the bibliographies to yourself. Using this, you have no excuses for putting off that term paper.
Some professors drop the most important bombs when you least expect it (“Have a good spring break, everyone. Oh! One more thing: We’re having an exam worth 60% of your final grade the day you get back. See ya!”).
Don’t miss a thing with Notesdeck. This super-fast note-taking app opens to a new note by default, lets you create custom hotkeys and syncs notes from other apps — iCloud, Evernote, Simplenote and Dropbox. You can even search within those other apps from one search bar.
Available for $2.99 for iOS.
From thermodynamics to baseball, the Wolfram Alpha reference app uses its supercomputing Cloud to quickly generate answers — across thousands of domains — to all your research questions.
With more than two million definitions, synonyms and antonyms, Dictionary.com’s fast and user-friendly mobile app will decode that confusing media law textbook in no time.
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Whether you’re a Spanish lit major or just looking to finish your general education requirements, Babylon provides comprehensive dictionary results and translations for dozens of languages. With pasteboard integration and access to more than 1,500 glossaries in 75 languages, you’ll never struggle to find an accurate definition for your foreign language presentation again.
You have better things to do than copy and paste all day. Make light work of data entry assignments with Jumpcut: copy as much text as you want, one after another, and paste using simple keystrokes.
Available for Macs only.
13. Dragon Dictation
Ever wish you could type faster? Dragon Dictation uses accurate voice recognition software to let you speak and instantly see your words in text. Dictate statuses to your social networks or pretend you’re talking to someone if you’re trying to write a speech — even send statuses straight to your social networks. Try this if you’re in a time crunch and really need to churn out an essay; or, if you’re just someone who prefers speaking over writing.
Available for free for iOS.
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It’s finals week. You have a huge essay to finish … but then there’s Reddit, emitting its bewitching siren call. Every. Damn. Time.
SelfControl lets you set a period of time to block certain websites or mail servers by adding them to a “blacklist.” It’s too bad if you finish your work early — restarting your computer or deleting the application won’t negate the timer.
Available for free for Mac OS X.
Avoid interrupting class and getting on your professor’s bad side with Studious. Once you input your class schedule, Studious will silence your phone during those hours.
16. Circle of 6
Ever feel uncomfortable when it’s dark and you’re in a new part of a city — or even campus? Circle of 6 won the White House’s Apps Against Abuse challenge. It helps you stay safe by connecting you to six trusted contacts, whenever and wherever. Use the pre-programmed “come and get me” message with your GPS location, or easily call national and local emergency hotlines in critical situations. It’s a fast and discreet way to put your safety first.
Addendum: You don’t actually need six people if you want to double up on contacts.
Video interviews are not going away any time soon — so you might as well get a heads up now. Microsoft’s Skype is a reliable way to connect with faraway family and friends via text, voice and — of course — video.
LinkedIn and all its nifty mobile features makes connections a breeze — for better or worse, college is a time of both personal and professional connections.
Don’t be the only person in class who isn’t up-to-date with world events. Use Twitter to keep yourself in the loop in both the academic and social aspects of your life. In today’s contemporary classrooms, you may even be asked to participate in class discussions via Twitter.
There are a lot of things to do in college. Exercising isn’t always one of them; especially when there’s socializing and studying to be had. Sworkit’s greatest asset is its ability to let you choose your exercise time allotment in five-minute increments — starting at, yes, the very low threshold of five minutes. Doable, right?
It also boasts an extensive list of work out routines.
Club fees. Books. Tuition. Food. College adds up — quickly. Mint is a web and mobile app that helps you keep track of your spending. Plus, it’s never too early to start cultivating good credit.
Come on, you lazy bum — you’re paying for these early classes, remember? Nicknamed the “world’s most annoying alarm,” Sleep If U Can gives you two options to silent the alarm: 1) Shake your phone; or 2) Physically go the place shown on your screen (see: the bathroom sink in the video) and take a picture.
Mashable composite, images: Pocket First Aid & CPR
While it’s not the sexiest app to have at your disposable, you never know when it might come in handy. Along with clear and concise CPR instructions, Pocket First Aid and CPR contains 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations.
Attempting the long-distance relationship course? Kudos — that’s no small task. Relationship app Between can help ease the separation anxiety by letting you send messages, voicemails, memos and photos. A private timeline makes it easy to reminisce about the good old days with your significant other(s).
In an environment often congested with bad influences, a heavy dose of genius goes a long way. TED Talks give you instant access to the biggest thought leaders of our time.