With the start of the academic year not to far away and the influx of new students about arrive, we though we would share are top apps for students studying at University.
We understand that moving away to University can be a daunting prospect. It’s only natural that you will miss your friends and family from back home. Using Skype you can keep in touch with everybody without it costing you a penny.
During your time at University you will be expected to take notes in lectures and seminars. Evernote provides the perfect platform for storing notes, audio recordings, photos and videos. The app syncs everything to an online account meaning you will always have access to what you need.
Whilst studying at University it’s important to also think about your future career prospects, meaning it’s never too early to start thinking about your professional networks and online identity or ‘brand’. LinkedIn makes it easier to connect and grow your network, engage with professional content and gain insights right from the stream.
Of course you dont have to do any of this on your own, our excellent Careers & Employability team are on hand throughout your journey: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/careers/careers-and-employability.aspx
Referencing is an important skill you’ll require whilst studying at University. ReferenceMe will help you compile a references and bibliography’s on your mobile device. Using your devices camera, scan the ISBN bar code on a book and sit back whilst the app converts into the referencing style of your choice.
Note: Harvard Referencing is the style adopted by (most departments) at York St John University. Make sure that when using the app you have the correct style selected.
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website! A free account gives you 2 GB of storage and if you refer your mates, you both get 500 MB of free storage (up to a limit of 16 GB) if they sign up.
Notability is one of the simplest note-taking apps on the market. Type, hand write or record your notes with this flexible note taking application.
Looking for some inspiration – well look no further than the TED app. It’s a huge repository of talks by inspiring and fascinating people from across the globe.
If you’re new to York then Google Maps might come in handy for exploring new places, discovering local favourites and navigating your world.
From books to toasters, you can browse, search, get product details, read reviews and purchase millions of products available from Amazon and other retailers.
10. YSJ app
The York St John University app can be used by prospective and current students, parents and visitors to navigate to and around the YSJU campus and discover places of interest using augmented reality technology. The app also provides users with information regarding events and courses at the university and links up with social media accounts.
11. Dragon Dictation
Do you have trouble getting the thoughts in your head on to paper? Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition application that instantly converts your speech into text. It’s a quick and easy way of getting words “on the screen”.
Creating project and essay plans is an essential part of studying at University. Popplet is a mind mapping app that allows you to to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information. You can add text, upload images, embed videos and draw. It’s great for creating assignment and project plans.
Tuition Fees, Books, Groceries, Food & Drink, Socialising – the cost of University soon adds up! iXpenseIt simplifies daily expense tracking and monthly budgeting, helping you stay in control of your spending.
14. Sleep Cycle
Newsflash: You probably aren’t going to be doing much sleeping in the next 3 years. Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that analyses your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.
Stay healthy despite the junk food, late-night study-sessions, and sedentary lifestyle by tracking what you put in your body with the MyFitnessPal app. This app tracks your calorie intake, to keep you in check while university lures you into a beer-and-pizza diet.
YSJ Active are on hand for help and advice about staying fit and healthy while at University: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ysjactive/ysjactive.aspx
Everybody loves a good bargain. Groupon brings you great deals for money off stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in York.
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17. TED Books
Another great app from the people behind TED, TED Books are short original electronic books produced once a month by TED Conferences. Like the best TED Talks, they’re personal and provocative, and designed to spread great ideas. TED Books are typically under 20,000 words — long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting.
Many thanks to Ben Warden (Quality Officer) for this great recommendation.