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8 Apps Every College Student Should Have

8 apps every college student can use for a successful semester.

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It goes without saying that most college students will gladly accept anything that will make their lives easier, increase their productivity, or offer something discounted – or even better, free! Luckily, most of us have access to these amazing things called apps that do just that. You can find an app for just about anything, whether it’s budgeting or simply trying to pass your next big test, you’re sure to find an app for it. So, here is a list of 8 apps that might make any college student’s life just a little bit easier.

Pocket Points

What college student doesn’t love a discount? This app is designed to give the user points for a set amount of time that they’re not using their phone. The user can then use those points to access discounts for food, elections, clothing, and so much more. All you have to do is set a timer and then not use your phone. The app’s goal is to reward students for focusing on their studies, whether that be paying attention in or doing work in the library. Just keep in mind that you must be on campus in order to earn points.

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This is another great app for discounts. The thing that makes this app even better is that all the discounts are made exclusively for students. This means that the discounts are usually higher than a regular discount. For example, at the time this article is being published, UNiDAYS is collaborating with Schlotzsky’s by offering a buy 1, get 1 free deal, available only to UNiDAYS users. Also, throughout the week UNiDAYS will have limited-time deals that are even higher than the regular discount. Once you create an account you’ll have access to numerous discounts for 300+ popular brands. You can even use the discounts in-store simply by showing your UNiDAYS iD, which is accessible through the app.

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Forest: Stay focused

This app is for anyone who wants to stay focused on a given task without the distraction of their phone. The idea behind the app is to grow a tree during the time that you’re focusing on your task at hand. To plant a seed, simply set the timer and then go about your task. As time goes by your tree will grow, but if you happen to get distracted and leave the app your tree will start to wither. As you grow trees you earn points which allow you to purchase different types of trees to grow later. For $1.99 you can upgrade to the premium version and use those points to plant real trees through different organizations.

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This app “gamifies” your daily tasks and goals. Habitica turns your life into a game by allowing you to level up when you check off completed tasks. Once you’ve created an avatar, the goal is to create a to-do list and complete them. Completing the tasks allows you to earn gold, unlock special features, and go on quests. You can even play with your friends to keep each other accountable.

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Whether you want to pickup, deliver, or dine-in, BeyondMenu goes beyond the normal food delivery app. BeyondMenu offers access to restaurants that can’t be found on more popular apps like Postmates or UberEats. On top of that, the app not only allows the user to order food for pickup or delivery, but you can also make reservations. This app is great for anyone who loves food and is always on the hunt for new places to try.

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Khan Academy

This is an educational app for everyone, regardless of your major. The Khan Academy app offers articles and videos on a range of educational topics: science, economics, history, grammar, and so much more. Users can prepare for exams by taking practice questions, or bookmark content to refresh your memory later. And the best part is, it’s all free!

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This one’s super simple, but super necessary, especially if you’re a Fontbonne student. For those of you who didn’t know, Schoology has an app. The app provides all the same functions available on their website, only you don’t have to wait until you’re at a computer or checking your email to find out when a professor has uploaded knew information. Instead, you receive a notification like you would with any other app.

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Noonlight is a safety app that provides emergency assistance to your exact location. The idea behind the app is to alert the police immediately in a case of potential danger. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, open the app and hold down the blue button. Once you’ve reached a location where you feel safe, release the button and enter your 4-digit pin. Or, if you’re in danger, release the button but down enter your pin. This alerts the app that you need help and immediately contacts the police. The app offers a free 30-day subscription to test it out. After that, there’s a monthly $2.99 fee, which is a small price to pay for your safety.

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This app is for anyone trying to manage their finances. Goodbudget helps you budget your money by creating virtual money envelopes. The purpose is to place set amounts of money into each envelope to budget your spending. The app helps you create a budget plan from start to finish and keeps you on track by providing charts that show your spending. So, whether you’re saving for something specific or just trying to get a handle on this whole adulting thing, this app is a great place to start.

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