Top ten apps for students
Keeping on top of studying is hard enough, without everything else that student life demands you to organise. Here are ten apps that will be sure to help you keep a tab on of all aspects of your life, alongside your studies.
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Health and fitness
Those late night kebab runs can add up easily: this app is great for recording what you’re eating. It has an extensive database of food, including everything from supermarket brands to restaurants, so it’s easy to keep on top of your calories. There’s also an option to add how much exercise you’re doing – even if it’s just ten minutes of hoovering.
Top feature: Scanning the barcode of shop-bought food and instantly inputting the content.
Let down: Multiple entries for lots of different kinds of food can make it confusing to know which version you’re eating.
The students say: “The barcode scanner is super useful,” says Rob Cafferata, a psychology student. “And you can save recipes and use them again, so you don’t have to re-input data.”
All Recipes are great for the student who leaves Sunday night cooking until after the shops have shut. Choose what type of dish you want, search via the ingredients you have in your cupboards (or whatever you fancy eating) and the time you’re prepared to slave over a stove, and it will filter out results and recipes for you.
Top feature: Easy to put in a filter for dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, low fat or no dairy.
Let down: The “dinner spinner” sometimes comes up with odd suggestions. I’ve never cooked a fruit-based appetiser in a slow cooker before, but the app suggests you give it a go.
Public transport can be the bane of a student’s life, especially when the thought of waiting in the cold for the bus for your nine o clock lecture isn’t helping you recover from last night’s antics.
This app will help you track public transport around the UK, and can help you plan the quickest and least-crowded route possible. It also gives you an estimated time of arrival to save guess work. It uses a combination of real-time data from transport companies and public updates to give you a journey that’s as stress-free as possible, using maps, pictures and graphics.
Top feature: The ability to set alerts for updates on your most frequently used routes.
Let down: Being unable to accurately report the number of people waiting – only up to nine. Usually in London and other busy cities there are a few more than that waiting at a station.
Why pay full price when you don’t have to? Voucher Codes syncs all the discounts and gives you the latest exclusive deals from thousands of popular high street retailers. This app will save you money in so many of your regular shops, restaurants and businesses that you’ll get into the habit of checking it before you even leave the house.
Top feature: The online codes guarantee will promise you a free meal at Pizza Express if your code doesn’t work, and there are loads of student-only offers, making a meal out much more affordable.
Let down: Some terms and conditions differ by location, date and branch.
The students say: “Voucher codes is a brilliant app,” says Amar Dhokia, a PhD student at the University of Warwick. “It’s perfect for eating out with friends – you literally open the app, hit ‘get voucher’ and a code appears that you give to your waitress. It’s so easy.”
This app is useful for entering your expenses and checking your budget, showing how much you have left to spend. You can easily split your money into incomes and outgoings. And with the ability to repeat expenses and incomings, it’s far less time-consuming than you might first think.
Top feature: The images and graphs showing your budget and how much you have left.
Let down: You have to upgrade if you want all the features.
Evernote is the ultimate organisation tool that syncs all your data on all of your devices. From to-do lists to lecture notes, it’s a great app for organising your entire life in folders that you can access on your phone, tablet and laptop, even without an internet connection. It works across file formats too, so you can save notes in text, image, audio and web links to look at later.
Top feature: It’s easy to find anything you save through a search tool that scours all of your content.
Let down: You have to input a tag for everything you save. A reminder to buy shampoo doesn’t always require a tag.
The students say: “Evernote is very convenient,” says second-year philosophy and literature student, Andy King. “It makes note-taking in lectures more efficient and I can access the notes across all my devices.”
Feedly is the easiest way to stay on top of all your news in one application. It’s a customisable app and website which allows you to pick and choose what you want to read via subject and organise it accordingly. It works by linking up with RSS feeds from the web and inputting them into a magazine layout which you can get on all your devices.
Top feature: Easy to flick through and read a preview without being redirected to another website.
Let down: It’s only available with websites with RSS feeds, so doesn’t work with every single website.
The students say: “I use Feedly daily,” says broadcast journalism student James Galley from City University. “I love the functionality, It’s like a custom magazine that you have on your phone.”
Manage and view all the latest updates from the most popular social media outlets in one app. Hootsuite allows you to easily swipe between your FourSquare and your WordPress feed without switching applications, and you can filter the content for personal accounts and pages too.
Top feature: Hootsuite allows you to schedule updates for when you can’t get to your phone.
Let down: It doesn’t feature all the different social networks out there, just the most popular such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Forget bundles of notebooks, cards and posters, Examtime is the digital spot for all your revision notes. Its main features are mind-maps, flashcards, quizzes and notes, which you can use to input the things you want to try to remember.
It also lets you make your own revision timetable and allows access to practice papers. As it’s online, you can access it anywhere with a connection and can easily share it with your friends for group studying or projects.