College life is filled with troubles big and small. Keeping track of all things you want to learn and do while staying safe can be difficult, especially if you are away from home for the first time in your life. Weve already published our lists of apps for everyday studies and revision. And today we want to share a list of useful apps to help you make your college experience better and safer.
Control Your Expenses
If you are a fan of the tried-and-true envelope budgeting method, Goodbudget (Android, iOS, Web) will save you the trouble of dealing with actual envelopes and wads of cash. The cross-platform app uses the same principle by dividing your income into 10 regular envelopes and 10 more envelopes for big savings. If you manage to save some money, you can either transfer it to the same envelope for the next month or use it for something else. The free version allows you to sync your expenses across two devices and browse the one-year transaction history. To get an unlimited number of envelopes, synchronization option for 5 devices and a 5-year expenses history, upgrade to a premium for $6/month or $50/year.
Keeping track of all your bills, credit cards, and savings can be tiresome unless you use a cool mobile app like Mint (Android, iOS, Web). This is an all-in-one solution to regulate your spendings, track and pay the bills on time, create a budget you will want to stick to, calculate and understand your credit score. The cross-platform app allows you to easily get access to your financial information from any device, and multi-factor authentication keeps your data safe. You can use the app for free.
Get Rid Of Distractions
Its hard to concentrate on your studies when your phone is chirping with a notification every other minute. You can either turn your phone off or use Offtime (Android,iOS) to control the distractions in a smart way. This app can block your incoming calls and text messages (with a few exceptions of your choice). You can also ban yourself from using browsers, messengers, social networks and gaming apps. Nothing will distract you from your studies. And after you work is done, you can analyze the activity log to increase productivity. The app is free, but you can upgrade to a premium to create several profiles for different activities, schedule your offtime and synchronize the app with your calendar.
If you want to increase your mindfulness and control distractions, try meditation. Headspace (Android, iOS) can guide you through a meditation session, even if you are a complete novice. All you need to do is download the app, choose the session and follow the instructions of Andy Puddicombe, a former monk and the co-founder of Headspace. A guided meditation will take just a few minutes a day, but it will have a huge positive effect on your anxiety levels and overall peace of mind. The basic sessions are free, but there is also a subscription plan if you want to learn to meditate like a pro before the finals.
Create New Habits
There are a million things you need to remember when going between classes, and Todoist (Android, iOS, Web) can help you organize your tasks quickly and efficiently. This minimalist cross-platform app allows you to create regular tasks, add notifications, priorities, tags, and projects to organize the to-do list. The tasks are available both online and offline and synchronized across different devices. You can also share the tasks with friends and classmates and track your productivity through the karma feature. The basic version of the app is free, while the premium will cost you $28.99 per year.
If you need some extra incentive to keep organized, try Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager (iOS, Android). Its not just another to-do list, but a true Habit RPG. You can add your daily tasks, habits and to-do list and create your personal avatar. Every time you check off another task, you get points and rewards. Spend them on new skills, armor, and pets. There are quests to share with friends and gold to spend on rewards for your productivity. Habitica is a fun way to accomplish a lot every day. The app is free, but there are premium subscription plans, starting at $4.99 per month.
Organize Your Interests
There is so much going on in the world, and you want to stay on top of the latest news, but have no time to follow every blog and podcast you are interested in. Let Feedly (Android, iOS, Web) do the work for you. It is considered to be one of the best RSS aggregators, its free and easy to use. Create an account, choose the topics of interest, websites, and blogs you wish to follow and wait for a notification when something interesting comes up. You can browse the publications when you have a free minute.
When you research for a paper or simply surf the Internet, you might stumble upon interesting articles, engaging videos and other cool content you have no time to explore at the moment. Use Pocket (Android, iOS, Web) to save all interesting pages for later. This cross-platform app is easy to use and has in-browser extensions for an even smoother reading experience. Organize your personal library using tags and listen to articles using a text-to-speech feature. Get personalized recommendations from the people you follow or Pocket. The content will be available on all your devices and offline if you splurge for a premium.
And if you are a little old-fashioned and prefer your reading to be on paper, check out our list of apps to find cheap textbooks, sell them and create perfectly formatted citations for your papers.
The college experience can get a bit overwhelming and dangerous, so its important to stay close to your trusted friends. Circle of 6 (Android, iOS) allows you to add up to six contacts to your circle. These are the people you can reach out to in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation. It takes just two taps to send them a text message with an alert and your exact GPS coordinates. The free app can also connect you to the 24/7 hotline services and provide health and safety information. There are customized versions of the app for some of the US universities, like UCLA, University of Houston, Williams College, etc. Check the app store to find out, whether your college is on this list.
If you want more safety features, bSafe (Android, iOS) is your best choice. The app allows you to create a security network of guardians (your family and friends), who will be contacted when you are in trouble. The Alarm feature sends your coordinates to the guardian and starts recording video and audio with time stamps. This video is sent to the guardian and also stored on bSafe servers and can be recovered, even if the phone was broken or stolen. The Follow Me feature allows your guardian to watch your route with live GPS tracking. The Timer Alarm will notify your guardian if you fail to check in within a certain timeframe. You can use the Fake Call feature to call your own cell to get out of unpleasant or dangerous situations.
Try these apps out, if you havent already. They are bound to make your life easier! And let us know if we have missed any of your favorite everyday apps, well make sure to include them in our next mobile app list.