University life can take a lot of getting used to as college students enter the world of higher education. College life already comes with a lot of stress and distractions, so every bit of help in figuring things out is welcomed by students.
Here is a list of five fantastic applications for Android-based smartphones and tablets that no college student should be without.
If you are not the most organized person in the world, CoursePro can help you manage your college life. Students can use this app to keep track of everything, from courses, classwork and grades to social events and exam dates – CoursePro will make sure that you never miss out on something important. It is very easy to use and very user-friendly in general. One of the best features is that you can keep up with homework assignments using a very simple and stripped-down to-do list function. You can also customize your grading scheme and have the application keep track of how well you are doing in your classes based on test and quiz grades.
As all students know, textbooks are not cheap. Thankfully, this app will help you find the best priced textbooks. The app searches not only online bookstores, but physical ones in your area as well in order to get you the best deals on textbooks possible. The best part is that you can rent out or buy the buys directly through the app. Whether you are looking for new or used books, this app can help. The app can also help you sell your old books as well once you no longer need them. You can use the phone to scan the barcode found on your book in order to get estimated prices that you can charge for them.
When your eyes are tired or you are worrying about falling asleep studying, audiobooks can definitely help you out and give your eyes a rest without letting your brain go to sleep as well. Audible is the best digital audiobook app available, and the Android version is just as good as any other. You can purchase audio books directly through the app, all you have to do is registered at Audible’s site and then sync your account with your smartphone or tablet app. The features are off the charts – Audible has a sleep-timer, great chapter navigation tools, bookmarks, and it also gives you the ability to jot down and save your notes while listening to your audiobooks.
Dropbox is a must for any student that is constantly on the go and doesn’t really want to carry his or her laptop around all day. Many students probably already know Dropbox and already use it to have access to the same files on several computers. Perhaps, it’s a perfect tool for a student who does a lot of work on a lab computer but wants to have access to these files in the dorm as well. The mobile app makes things even more convenient. As long as you have your phone, you will never be without your files again. With the Android app, you will have access to all of your files right on your smartphone or tablet, which means that you can not only see them, but print them out and send them via email as well. Dropbox gives you 2GB for free to, so you’ll never have to worry about space, but if you do need some more space, get your friends to sign up and earn more free space as a reward.
If you are looking for one ultimate application for note-taking and reminders, Evernote is the one. Not only can you write down notes, you can take pictures, record audio and video, and save all of that in your handheld, digital notebook. Best of all, the app automatically synchronizes to the web and your personal computer, so you’ll never have to worry about losing anything, even if your phone dies.
David Lazar is a blogger at CometDocs.com. With a background in journalism, he enjoys writing about and following a variety of topics, including careers, education, technology and new media.