Starting college can be exciting and overwhelming, but being prepared helps first-year students have a more positive experience.
College is the first time most of us move away from home, whether it be across the street or the country. Not having anyone to remind you about scheduling classes, studying, saving money, or the importance of fresh air can be an adjustment.
We pulled together some of our favorite apps to help bring some balance to your new college routine.
Use the 4 apps listed below to make your transition to college feel more fun than freaky.
Get support from day one of class through graduation with a platform that helps you track your progress in each course. CourseKey makes it easy to check yourself in and out for attendance as well as interact with instructors and classmates. A ton of professors are using this for attendance purposes, so come prepared with it already downloaded on your phone.
No matter how great of a professor you end up with, you’ll probably still have questions outside of class. Bartleby is a great online resource to help you with homework and studying, so you can make sure you stay on top of your assignments and exams. Use their Snap & Solve tool for instant solutions to math problems, ask tutors homework questions you’re struggling with, or search through their library of textbook & homework solutions directly from your phone. All of their tools are available 24/7, and you can even ask 3 free questions when you first download the app to test it out.
Nobody ever prepares you for how broke you’ll be in college. The Mint app makes creating a budget easy, and it tracks your expenses so you can stay on track with your spending. Best of all, it’s free. The only downside? You’ll get to see how often you swipe your card at the vending machines around campus. *P.S. Carrying snacks in your backpack is a great way to avoid overspending.
Change, no matter how small, can have a big impact on mental health. Practicing meditation can improve stress management, reduce anxiety, and boost your memory. The Insight Timer app has thousands of free guided meditations for you to choose from that are specific to different needs. Make sure you prioritize your mental health and establish strong habits during your first year to ease the adjustment.
Check these apps out to help you start your semester off strong, and if you want more tips & tricks on college life, follow @bartlebysolve on Instagram!