7 Useful Mobile Apps for New College Students

1. iTunes U

This free app is a link to iTunes’ library of university resources including lectures, videos, and books.  Some university professors will podcast their lectures so if you’re sick or can’t make it to class on any particular day, you can still download the lecture and not fall behind.  It’s also a helpful app to get external sources of information on a variety of subjects.  The best part is, they’re all reliable sources because they come from universities!

2. Chegg

Chegg is a textbook rental company that students can use to find the cheapest prices for books.   Having the mobile app handy means you can snag the best deals the quickest or just input your books and save them for later.  Chegg lets your compare prices right on your phone without opening more browser windows and you can rent or order the books directly from your phone.

3.  Flashcards+

Ever have the hassle of losing your flashcards after you write them?  Or maybe you have so many flash cards that holding them in a stack just doesn’t seem plausible.  Flashcards+ lets you make flashcards on your phone and saves them all in one place.  You can make multiple decks for different classes and the app has functions that are extremely useful such as: hiding the cards once you’ve mastered the material on that card, shake to shuffle, and search functions to look for specific cards.  Flashcards+ also works in conjunction with Quizlet.com so if someone has already created flashcards for the subject you’re studying, you can look through their flashcards as well.

4.  myHomework

This is a great tool for tracking homework, class schedules, and tests.  You can color code your assignments based on priority.  For a price, you can also sync your schedules online so that you can access them from a computer anywhere else.  The interface is pretty nice to look at and it’s a self-explanatory app that is easily functional and helpful for students in college.

5. Wikipanion

Wikipedia may not be the best source for writing your papers but it does give you a good jumping off point or can give you quick information about any topic.  Wikipanion takes the articles from Wikiepdia and puts them at your fingertips with this mobile app.  Whether you want to find out something for fun or need to look up a philosopher your professor is talking about, Wikipanion is the app that will give you that information.

6. Rate My Professors

Choosing classes is one of the worst parts of preparing for a semester, but even worse is when the class sounds interesting but the professor disappoints you.  Rate My Professor is an app that lets you search for your professor and see what your peers have to say about him.  Though all the reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s interesting to read what former students have to say.  Perhaps it might be better to wait till the next semester to take that class if all your peers are telling you the professor is absolutely horrid.

7. iSource MLA

This mobile app helps you write the correct citation for any source you’re using.  By filling the fields that the app provides, the app then helps you formulate the correct citation so you don’t have to worry about formatting it yourself.  You can then save the entries and email them to yourself to insert in your paper later.

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Clara Ma

Clara Ma

Clara is a third year student attending the University of California, Berkeley currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Media Studies. Her school activities include being a captain on the Cal Dance Team, being a Campus Ambassador, as well as being part of THRIVE Dance Company. She enjoys living vicariously through others on the Internet, keeping up with pop culture on Tumblr, and watching a copious number of television shows (namely Sherlock and How I Met Your Mother).