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Ten great apps for uni students

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You probably have your phone, tablet or laptop with you at most times, so why not take advantage of the many apps available? You will find apps that will help you with your studies, keep to your student budget or even make the most of your student lifestyle. We follow up our Top five study apps for university students article by listing 10 more apps you should try out this coming semester!

Study and organisation

Fetchnotes: This app is designed for task management, allowing you to keep track of your notes and thoughts by assigning hashtags. For example, you could create an ‘exam’ tag for your study notes or assign a ‘read’ tag to your reminders to complete your set readings. You can share your notes with friends and access them wherever you go — whether it’s by text, email or on your computer. Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free.

Google Drive: If you’re prone to leaving USBs around the place or if you’re your own top email contact, Google Drive is for you. Google Drive lets you store your files online so you can access them at any time and on any device it’s installed on. It also allows you to choose who you share files with, which is perfect for group assignments. The first 15GB of storage is free and you can upgrade your storage for a small fee. Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free.

Notability: Notability allows you to type or handwrite notes, sketch illustrations and annotate documents. The app is linked to Google Drive and Dropbox, so you can easily import and export files. It also allows you to record audio — so you don’t have to worry about missing out on key information while you’re taking notes in lectures! The best part is that your notes are linked to the audio recording, which helps you determine the context of the notes you’ve taken or jump to a specific part of the lecture by clicking on a section of your notes. Availability: iPhone/iPad — $5.99.

SelfControl: If you find social media or certain websites hard to ignore, it’s likely that you end up wasting valuable study time scrolling through your various newsfeeds, responding to messages, reading articles… even doing a few far-from-scientific quizzes. To avoid distractions like this, SelfControl allows you to block websites of your choice for a set amount of time. This means that you can concentrate fully on your studies and avoid sporadically checking social networks or your email. Best of all… once you put these blocks in place, it’s impossible to access these sites until the time limit you’ve previously specified runs out — even if you get desperate and try to restart your computer or delete the application. Availability: Mac — free. You can also use StayFocusd if you use Chrome as your browser.

SimpleMind+ (mind mapping): Mind maps are a great study tool if you’re a visual learner. They allow you to brainstorm ideas for essays and projects, create a broad overview of a subject when studying for exams and help you make connections between different ideas that you may not have thought of before. Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free. You can also create mind maps from your desktop using Examtime’s Mind Mapping tool.

Student life

Free Wi-Fi Finder: If you like to get out of the house to study (or you’re on a tight budget with your phone plan), Free Wi-Fi Finder allows you to scout out nearby hotspots offering free wi-fi access. You can also filter results by location type (such as cafés and libraries), bookmark your favourite locations and look up contact details. Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free.

Lost on Campus: If looking for classrooms is starting to feel like a treasure hunt, the Lost on Campus app is here to help. This app provides detailed maps of institution campuses around Australia, including everything from lecture theatres and classrooms to toilets, coffee shops and vending machines. You can even see other users’ comments on each location so you can quickly scout out who serves the best coffee or where the quietest IT lab is hidden! Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free.

My Weekly Budget: This app is great if you want to keep track of your spending or save up for something special. My Weekly Budget allows you to set a budget target for the week and track your day-to-day spending to make sure you stay within your set budget. You can quickly see how much of your weekly budget you have left and monitor your spending habits to work out where your money is going. Availability: iPhone/iPad — $1.49, Android — $0.99.

The Happiest Hour: This app allows you to search for ‘happy hour’ deals at nearby pubs, bars and restaurants, guaranteeing a cheap night out if you’re on a budget. You can use the map to look for nearby venues and browse through beer, wine, cocktail and food deals. Availability: iPhone/iPad/Android — free.

Uni Calculator: If you’re having a pre-exam freak out, this app provides a quick snapshot of how you’re going in that semester and tells you exactly what marks you need to pass each subject. You can keep track of all your assessments and see your current grades based on the assessments you’ve already completed. Availability: iPhone/iPad — free.

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