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Six mobile apps that enhance college life


Monday, August 25, 2014

Technology is an effective tool to help you adjust to college life. Your tablet or smartphone offer you access to countless apps that can help with many aspects of student life, ranging from studying help to budget monitoring. Consider downloading these programs before you leave for school to ensure a smooth transition.

1. Titto
A fact of college life — textbooks are expensive. And the buyback price on your gently used new textbook is only a fraction of what you paid. You might want to try renting your textbooks. Titto is an app that can save you about 65 percent on the cost of your books, reported NBC News. With Titto, each book rents for $19.99 per month, and can be returned at any time. Before buying your next textbook, download the app and see if it's available in the independent library, as it could save you a significant amount of money.

2. Encore Study Platform
If you find it difficult to create your own study guide, or you simply want to expand upon your studies, Encore Study Platform can help, according to Tech Decisions, a Web site devoted to the business needs of professionals. The app pulls in flashcard study guides from online educational databases for a total of 51 million different tests. The app is free and comes with five pre-loaded quizzes that are general knowledge. You can search for more targeted tests or even create your own. The app also keeps records of your performance so you can refer back to them when necessary.

3. Meekan
When you need scheduling help to balance all of your activities, Meekan can provide the assistance you need, reported NBC News. The app keeps track of your events and helps choose ideal times to schedule other activities. With this technology, you're able to input broad details, like whether you want an appointment to be during the morning or afternoon, and it suggests a time slot accordingly. It also allows collaboration between other app users, so choosing a time for a study group with a number of people is streamlined and documented.

4. Exam Countdown
When balancing several classes and extracurricular activities, it's easy to lose track of scheduled tests and quizzes. The Exam Countdown app allows you to keep all of your test dates in one spot so you're less likely to forget about them, and more likely to be prepared when the time comes, reported Tech Decisions. All you have to do is input the subject and day of your upcoming exam, and the app immediately starts a countdown. It also has a feature that allows you to share study tips with other classmates who have the app.

5. Unsplurge
Money is typically tight for college students who have limited income and little time to work. And the money spent on Friday night socializing means less money saved for the Spring Break trip. According to NBC News, Unsplurge is an app that lets students visualize their savings and set saving goals. Seeing daily progress and being able to share progress with other users can help keep saving a top priority. Students can type in a savings goal of any amount, and the app monitors saving techniques to encourage them to stick to their budget.

6. Study Checker
Another tool to help students with visualization, Study Checker keeps track of the time you spend studying for each of your tests, reported Tech Decisions. While you might think you are spending a lot of time on a subject, sometimes it's not nearly as long as you think. This app can help put things in perspective and give you insight into why you received a certain score.

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