Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Top Free Apps to Help with College

Are you looking for an app to help with taking notes or an app to help you find a definition of the word from your biology class? 

Emily Zumbrun, in the Technical Services Department of the Ort Library, gathered together a list of some of the best apps that can help you study and organize everything during the semester. Apps include time and money management, note organizers, and phone silencers. These apps will help make your college experience more efficient and rewarding. Stop by the bulletin board in the Technical Services Department on the third floor of the Library to learn more.

 Emily Zumbrun in front of bulletin board in Technical Services Department

The Best Apps for College
Free apps for iOS and Android

Frostburg2Go (iOS and Android)
Frostburg2Go is a suite of apps you can download onto your mobile device that puts helpful Frostburg State University resources all within reach, wherever you are! With Frostburg2Go, you know your campus connections are in good hand – yours! Features include: Directory, Events, Paws, Courses, Maps, Library, Athletics, Blackboard, and Transit schedules, just to name a few.

EasyBib (iOS and Android)
Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to's popular bibliography management service.

Electric Slide (iOS)
Electric Slide is the easiest way to wirelessly present PowerPoint slides, Office documents, PDFs and videos with your iPhone or iPad. Your device is a remote control that works anywhere with any screen. Since viewers just need your simple URL to follow along, setup is a cinch. You can also connect your device directly to a TV or projector via HDMI or VGA.

Evernote (iOS and Android)
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve your productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, scan business cards, record voice reminders--and it makes everything searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. Mobile (iOS and Android)
Search & for definitions, synonyms and antonyms anywhere, anytime. This mobile app works offline and does not require an internet connection to search words.

iBabylon and Babylon Touch (iOS)
iBabylon gives you quick and comprehensive dictionary results in over 75 languages, as well as effective full-text translations between dozens of languages. With Babylon Touch, capture any hardcopy text and get instant term translations. Ideal for any hardcopy translations (books, menus, newspapers, textbooks and more). Access a huge selection of dictionaries and glossaries – over 1,600 glossaries in dozens of languages.

LinkedIn (iOS and Android)
Opportunity is always within reach with the LinkedIn app. Build your personal brand, network to create meaningful connections, and engage with professional content – right from your LinkedIn app.

Mint (iOS and Android) allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal finances organized.

MyFitnessPal (iOS and Android)
Track exercise and food intake with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter for iOS and Android. With a food database of over 3,000,000 foods, and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, MyFitnessPal will help you avoid gaining that Freshman 15! Featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Family Circle, Marie Claire, NBC, CNET, Shape, the Today Show, and more.

myHomework (iOS and Android)
Are you looking for a replacement to that paper student planner, school diary, or academic agenda? myHomework is just what you're looking for. The free app includes:

  • Track your classes, homework, tests and assignments
  • Beautiful calendar display
  • Supports time, block and period-based schedules

Pocket (iOS and Android)
Over 12 million people use Pocket to easily save articles, videos and more for later. With Pocket, all of your content goes to one place, so you can view it anytime, on any device. You don’t even need an Internet connection. Don’t lose track of the interesting things you find by emailing yourself links or letting tabs pile up in your browser. Just save them to Pocket.

Quizlet (iOS and Android)
Create a Quizlet account and access over 35 million study sets across all of your devices. Build your own study sets for personalized flash cards for your next quiz or exam. Quizlet includes full offline support so you can study anywhere, anytime.

Studious (Android)
With Studious, your phone will never embarrass you in class again by going off. Forgetting about homework and tests will be a thing of the past.

  • Silence your phone in class
  • Remind you when homework and tests are due
  • Save notes

Todoist (iOS and Android)
The FREE APP includes:

  • Share projects, assign tasks, and collaborate
  • Get instant alerts for updates and new comments
  • See the tasks ahead with visual scheduling
  • Automatically sync your task list on all your devices
  • Save your todo list in the cloud
  • Set due dates and recurring dates for tasks
  • Get organized with sub-tasks, priorities, and color-coding
  • Access your tasks even when you’re offline
  • Track your productivity trends with Todoist Karma

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