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5 Apps To Help You Make The Most Of Your College Experience

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A big part of being successful in your college career is making sure that you are organized and are managing your time well.  This can be hard to do without a little bit of extra help.  In high school, you have the benefit of being on a set schedule and having someone to look over your shoulder.  Once you start college, managing your time becomes your responsibility, and it’s essential to getting good grades and to having a successful future.  If you have an iPhone or an Android, you have the benefit of adding certain applications to your phone to help you more effectively manage your time.  Below is a list of several popular applications that are used by college students in Southern New Hampshire University’s online college degree program to make their days go by more smoothly.

Dropbox

If you are ever asked or required to work on a group project or some type of collaboration with others in your classes or groups, Dropbox is a great tool to share information.  This is a free file hosting service that offers file synchronization and storage.  This allows you to never have to email files or bring your flash drive to meetings.  It is also an effective way to share information with others without the hassle of email or other saving devices.  Once you place a file in Dropbox, it is accessible on any phone, laptop or computer that has an account.  You can then add others to your folders so they have access to the information also.

Alarm Applications

Getting up on time is very important to making it to your classes on time and getting all of your schoolwork done.  While your phone or device may have a built in alarm, you can also download applications that work better to wake you up.  Once of these is the Wake N’Shake Alarm, which is a great way to make sure you are fully awake before you turn off your alarm.  This alarm has no snooze button, and in order to silence the alarm, you must shake your phone until the red bars disappear.  Once you have done this, you are typically fully awake and ready for the day.  While it might be annoying, it’s also a great way to make sure you don’t snooze the day away.

Quizlet Mobile

This application is useful when you are studying certain information.  It is an interactive flashcard application that helps to make information more memorable.  There is also an online version that offers games and assessments based on the study guide you prepare.  The mobile application is a condensed version of this that you can use anywhere.

GasBuddy

College is not cheap, and making the money stretch to pay all your expenses can be incredibly difficult.  This may be the first time you are required to pay all your bills and manage all your money on your own, and you may need a little help.  This application clocks how much gas you are using to travel to and from work and school.  It also helps you to determine how much money you need to set aside for gas each week or month.  Staying on top of your budget will help you to stay out of debt while you are in college and start your future ahead of the game.

Personal Finance Apps

Another part of managing your money effectively is to keep track of where you are spending your money and how much.  Many personal finance apps are available to allow you to keep track of your spending.  With most apps, you will input your account information and keep track of each debit you do on your credit card.  This gives you an idea of where your money is going and where you need to cut back.  Picking the right personal finance application is mostly a matter of preference; your style of organization will need to be factored in

Keeping up on all the details of your life can seem overwhelming.  Fortunately, apps are being developed every day that work to help you stay organized and on top of everything you have to do.  These are just a few of the popular and useful apps that are available for different devices.  Many applications are free or fairly inexpensive, and are worth the time and effort it takes to get to know how to use them.  Visit Southern New Hampshire University’s website today to start downloading helpful apps for your device.

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Article courtesy of Charlie McCartney of The Marketing Robot. Follow him on Twitter @robthemarketer or read his blog for more information on marketing and small business best practices.

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