Smartphones have changed the way we play video games, communicate, date, pay, and the list goes on. Can it help you become more productive and efficient in your studies during the semester? Here are a list of apps that boost your productivity levels using your smartphone.
MyHomework Student Planner
MyHomework Student Planner seamlessly tracks your homework and class schedules. Its calendar feature supports time, block, and period-based schedules, while the homework setting lets you schedule a due date and reminders under a particular class. If your professor uses teachers.io, you can even sync your syllabus and resource materials with the app.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a mobile dictionary that’s as good as its Web counterpart. It lets you save favorites, track your look-up history, and refer to an integrated thesaurus. Brush up on your vocabulary skills by using this app’s Word of the Day feature. On those days when your brain is a little foggy, you can simply pronounce a word to look it up without having to spell it.
IFTT – This Then That – is a new kind of app that lets you build recipes, but not for food. The “recipe” is a sequence of commands that executes when a particular catalyst is selected: for example, “If I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook, then send me a text message” or “If it’s raining tomorrow, then send me a reminder to leave early for class.” Since IFTTT can sync with many, many apps, the recipe possibilities are numerous.
QuickVoice Recorder is the app you’ll need when you have trouble paying attention during a long lecture. When you’re finished recording, you can e-mail the recording to yourself, set a voice reminder that will play at a selected time and date, or even save it as a ringtone. The best part is you can even multitask (check email or browse Facebook) while QuickVoice Recorder is recording in the background.
Google Translate can help translate that passage from your Spanish textbook, your handwritten Chinese characters, or that Italian phrase the waiter said Saturday night. So you can quickly type, write, say, or photograph whatever you need translated between more than 70 languages.
Evernote is the app that saves everything you need—literally. You can type a note, take a photo, record audio or attach a file in this app that syncs to all your connected devices. The more you use it, the more uses you’ll find for it. (For starters, it’s great for group projects and term paper research.)
Lose It! is the app you need to help keep the Freshman 15 at bay. You can easily track your meals and calories burned with this app. Even the calorie total for that bag of chips you devoured last night is in here: Just scan the barcode or search for the item and it’s automatically added to your daily food log. And that hour of pool you played last night? It counts as exercise! Just select “billiards” and you’ve already burned 107 calories.