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10 apps for students to set themselves up for a successful new school year

This year really can be the best one yet, I believe in you!

Back in grade school, nothing got me more pumped to start the school year than procuring new school supplies. A new journal, a pack of electric pencils, a box of crayons, all shone with the possibility of a better year. These days however, my school supplies have gotten a little more complex than pencils and I’ve got a series of apps that are crucial to me surviving the school year.  They help me stay organized and on top of my mental health.

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If you’re looking to equip your own school survival kit for the new year, here are some apps you may find useful. Let’s make this school year the best year so far:

1.  Trello

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Via Itunes.com [Image description: Trello app logo, two white rectangles against a blue background.]
I have just started using Trello and am obsessed. As a chronic list-maker, Trello is a real lifesaver. With Trello, you can make as many lists as you want and organize them using different labels and boards. Perfect for clearing all that mental noise so you can get down to it.

2. Pocket Schedule

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Via Itunes.com [Image description: Pocket Schedule app logo, a graduation cap against a blue and green backdrop.]
So you’re jumping into a new school year and you find yourself worried about organizing your schedule. Where do you have to be for each of your classes? And when? Pocket Schedule can help with all of this and also with keeping track of all those new assignments. It’s just fabulous.

3. Evernote

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If you’re looking to take notes on anything from a sociology lecture to your Foucault readings, Evernote could be the app for you! Use this to organize notes, brainstorm project ideas, and even link to-do lists, syncing everything between your devices. 

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4. StudyBlue

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StudyBlue is full of different study tools but their most effective one is their flashcards. Make your own flashcards or use their pre-made study guides and study wherever & whenever, be it while waiting outside a professor’s office or in the metro on the way to class.

5. EasyBib

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If you’re looking to save some time and effort in making a bibliography, EasyBib is the way to go. Not only does EasyBib help you create a bibliography, it also checks your paper for plagiarism and grammar errors.

6. Dragon Dictation

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Many a night I have cracked the thesis for a research paper only by talking out loud to myself, and I wish in those moments that I had Dragon Dictation. This app is ideal for speaking your thoughts into that could be later turned into print.

7. Plant Nanny

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If there’s something most of us, particularly harried students, could do more of, it’s drinking more water. This app motivates you to drink water by having plants to water as you hydrate yourself. Keep your mind hydrated & sharp with the help of a cute little plant friend.

8. Mint

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The trope of the broke college student is no joke. If you’re looking to manage those finances on top of balancing everything else, you might want to try Mint. With this app, you can budget, track your spending, manage your bills, and learn your credit score.

9. Calm

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Taking care of your mental health can feel like a full-time job at any stage of life, but a lot of people’s first experiences with anxiety and depression occur while they are in school. The Calm app can help you meditate and practice mindfulness even for just 5 minutes a day.

10. University curated apps

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Via Itunes.com [Image description: CARLS app logo, the profile of a penguin wearing a knight’s helmet.]
More and more schools are coming up with their own apps to help you navigate school, so check to see if your own school has anything like this. With these apps, you can typically keep track of building hours, events on campus, and where to snag some free food (my personal priority).

Maybe this will be my best school year so far, or maybe it’ll be just as disappointing as the last. But we all can do our best right now, in the beginning, to try and set ourselves up for success with a few of these apps. Study hard, and take care of yourself!

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Iman Jafri

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