College is rough; it’s expensive, stressful, and for the first time, you have to call to make your own doctor’s appointments. Luckily for you, I’ve put together a list of apps and websites that will have you saving money, increasing productivity, and even avoiding that freshman 15 (although let’s be real, the freshman 15 can happen anytime).
Here are five must-have apps and websites every college student needs to stay on track:
Textbooks can cost a lot of money. Of course, you already knew that. Which is why the creators of iFlipd want to change the way you think about them with a pay-as-you-go concept. Here’s how it works:
● It’s simple; you sign up, scroll through the titles of textbooks they have, and only pay for the weeks you need them.
● If you don’t need every chapter in the textbook, just pay for the chapters that you need. No, this is not a drill.
● All of your books are on your computer. You no longer need to break your back carrying around a ton of heavy textbooks.
● You can keep the book if you end up renting it for longer than you expected. You’ll be surprised at just how inexpensive they are.
● When you sign up, YOUR FIRST EBOOK IS FREE!
2. Priority Matrix
Priority Matrix is a prioritization app and to-do list all in one. It’s used by many businesses, so why can’t college students use it too? The Priority Matrix is based on the Eisenhower method of time management that was created and used by good ole’ President Eisenhower. Basically, it divides your tasks into four quadrants:
1. Critical and Do Now
2. Critical, but Do Later
3. Not Critical, but Do Now
4. Not Critical, and Do Later
Confused? This article explains these quadrants in detail. Take a look at the example of quadrants below:
Within Priority Matrix, you can:
● Create multiple projects to keep tasks organized.
● Manage personal tasks and tasks for your internship/job.
● Set task due dates and sync with your calendar.
● Estimate how long your tasks will take you.
● And more!
The app is FREE for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It’s estimated that Priority Matrix can save you 45 minutes a day. That’s valuable time, tbh.
3. Stop, Breathe & Think
When you’ve been up since 5 am studying for an exam, have field hockey practice at 7 am and need to go to your part-time job in the afternoon, you’re freaking out. Take a second to slow down and relax. Stop, Breathe & Think legit changed my life. It genuinely helps you de-stress in a matter of minutes.
The app is free to download on the App Store, but they also offer in-app purchases to buy different types of meditations. The best part is that the money goes to a nonprofit organization called Tools For Peace, so I suggest doing the latter if you can swing it.
MyFitnessPal is a calorie counting app that will help you maintain the weight you would like, lose weight or gain weight. It’s easy to slip into bad habits in college, but with this app, it won’t allow you to. You search the brand of what you are eating or scan the barcode, and it will keep track of how many calories you are eating as well as how much protein, carbs, and other basic nutrients you’re consuming.
In regards to exercise, you can link pedometer apps like Pacer to determine how many calories you are burning off. You can also log the exercises that you do, and the app will subtract those calories. MyFitnessPal really helps keep an eye on what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising to help keep your body in tip-top shape.
How annoying is it when you’re out to dinner with a friend and you have to figure out how to split the bill? Well, Venmo can help. You’ve probably heard of this one before, and it’s super quick and easy to transfer money without the headache.
As stated on their website, Venmo is “a free digital wallet that lets you make and share payments with friends. You can easily split the bill, cab fare, or much more.” You can even link your bank account or debit account to the app to transfer money.
Venmo is easy, secure, and reduces the hassle.
So what are you waiting for? Check out these apps and simplify your life stat.
This post is sponsored by iFlipd.