11 essential apps for students
Technology plays a huge role in student learning these days. Not only can you find most learning resources online, there are also loads of handy apps you can use to assist you in your learning.
Daan works at INTO Queen’s University Belfast, and is also studying Business and Languages in the Netherlands. He shares his recommendations for the best apps every savvy student should have on their smart phone.
Not being a native English speaker can cause communication problems from time to time. However, Google came up with the best solution. Google Translate allows you to translate almost every language into English. There’s also a speech translation function which lets you listen to the pronunciation of the word or sentence you’re trying to translate.
Referencing all of the resources you’ve used when writing an essay is tedious and long winded. EasyBib makes light work of it. Just fill in the title of the book or scan the barcode and the app will reference it it for you. Very convenient and timesaving!
Are you tired of using a USB stick or memory card? Google Drive is an online cloud where you can store and view files from anywhere in the world. With a Google account you can store up to 15GB of files for free; a great way to store essays and pictures of your study abroad adventure.
Drop box is very similar to Google drive, and is really convenient for when you’re working in groups and needing to share files. You get 2GB of storage for free, or can pay to get unlimited storage if you need to.
All of the big banks have their own online app, allowing you to manage your student finances on the go. Banking apps are very convenient if you’re out and need to transfer money between accounts or to friends – and they can help you budget your student loan so that it lasts!
Search your app store to see if your bank has an app.
There are plenty of running apps such as Sworkit, Moves and Runkeeper to keep you fit. However, the Zombies, Run app is perfect for anyone who doesn’t like running. This app depicts a zombie apocalypse in which you must run from the infected zombies. It might be a little terrifying, but it ensures you to have a super-intense work out.
Do you find that there is often less money left in your account than you anticipated? The My Finances app helps you to keep track of all your incomings and outgoings. You can categorise your spending and saving to make sure you’re never surprised by your own bank account again.
This app is for professionals looking for jobs, and companies looking for employees. You can use it as a platform to show all your academic and career achievements. Much like an online CV/ résumé, this app is a must have for students looking for a job or internship.
Are you always late for class? With the Timetable app you’ll never be late again. Just fill in your timetable in the app, and it synchronises with all your devices. Forgot to put your phone on silent mode before entering class? Don’t worry, the app will do it for you. You can even add your homework to the app.
Group work is an essential part of studying. When you have to work on a group project, meeting in person at university isn’t always ideal. Skype has a function that allows you to have a conversation with multiple people at the same time, making group work a lot easier.
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary app allows you to look up any English word and its meaning. It is free to download, but for a little extra money you get the ad-free version. Now that’s what you call a pocket dictionary!
Which apps can’t you live without? Let us know in the comments section below.
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