Surviving University With 10 Apps

Yeow Xin Qi curates a list of apps you must have on your phone to improve and refine your experience in university.
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Yeow Xin Qi
Content Contributor, coursesmalaysia.com

The start of university life can be daunting, from worrying about your lack of English proficiency to the fear of not being able to stay organised when classes start. What better way is there to work on your nerves than to find solace in your phone? 

#1. Google Drive

This file storage service allows you to upload documents (eg assignments) in Word, Excel or PowerPoint format. The best thing about this service is it also allows for a collaborative platform where multiple people can work on a document at once! It’s especially ideal for group assignments.

#2. 24me

I know what you’re thinking, and no, this has nothing to do with 23andMe, where you attempt to find your ancestry through your DNA­. 24me puts everything related to your schedule in digital form, including your timetable, calendar, to-do lists, and notes. It also generates reminders and auto-completes tasks and errands without you having to spend that energy manually ticking it off your list!

#3. Grammarly

If you don’t feel confident with your proficiency of the English language, this app is here to save the day! Once you have this installed, Grammarly automatically detects grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors in what you’ve written, therefore making sure that everything you write is clear, concise, and free of mistakes. 

#4. Microsoft OneNote

Worry about not being able to stay organised with the overwhelming amount of notes to jot down? Fear not, OneNote’s got your back! You can organise and divide all your notes based on your classes, and the easy navigation allows you to find your notes just where you left them. It also auto-saves your every move, so you don’t have to worry about losing any progress.

#5. Flashcards+

This app is designed to make studying easier for you. You can create your own flashcards or, when you’re feeling unmotivated, download someone else’s for the subject you need. Once you’ve mastered a card, you can easily remove it from your deck and only focus on the cards you haven’t memorised. It also allows you to add an image to your flashcard for the subject that requires you to memorise one!  

#6. Prezi

Same concept as Microsoft PowerPoint, yet so strikingly different from its counterpart – Prezi allows for a dynamic and interactive presentation, therefore engages your audience in ways that fuels conversations on both sides. It features a ‘zoom-in’ feature that fleshes out into even more information as you click to zoom. With such unique features, your presentation will certainly make a lasting impression on your classmates. 

#7. Microsoft Office Lens 

Office Lens digitises notes from white or blackboards and printed documents; it’s like having a scanner on-the-go. If you want to spare yourself from having to write down everything written on the board in class, just take a picture of the white board with this app, and it will adjust the image accordingly so the texts are legible! 

#8. Splitwise

As the famous saying goes, money and friendship don’t mix! To spare you from breaking up any friendship, Splitwise lets you share bills and make sure everyone gets paid back, and when we say bills, we mean all of it: rent, electric bill, groceries, even group vacation! That way, you can ensure that arguments about money will be kept at a minimum and no friendship will be ruined. 

#9. My Study Life

As a student, it is easy for you to feel overwhelmed over all the things you have to keep track of, from classes to midterms to assignments. Thankfully, an app like My Study Life makes your life easier. It lets you manage your classes, small tasks and assignments due, as well as exams, all right on your device! Talk about a digital planner, eh? 

#10. Tide: Sleep Sounds Focus Timer

Finding it hard for you to calm down your mind after a long day of classes, group discussion, and stress? Try Tide, an app designed specifically to let you experience some peaceful time and space away for just a few minutes. It includes features like incorporating nature sounds into the app, focus timer, and daily inspiring quotes to keep you moving and grooving for the day.