5 Must Have Apps This Semester

From left to right, undergraduate students Kali Brux, Alice Chen and Natalie Schmer use their laptop computers while studying and working together with others on a group project at College Library in Helen C. White Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 26, 2016. The students were curating web-based content for a project about Beethoven for Music 151 -- an online class during the summer session. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

1. iStudiez Pro

Have you been spending too much time on your Facebook news feed, Twitter feed or Instagram account? Are you having trouble balancing your school life and your social life? iStudiez Pro will help you organize your time and will notify you when you have class, when assignments are due and when an exam is coming up. This great time management app combines your schedule, tasks, homework and grades all in one location. If you don’t want to pay $2.99 for the pro version, you can download the free Lite version. The Lite version allows you to handle one semester of five course.

2. Dragon Dictation

Throughout the semester you’ll have to type notes, papers and assignments. Think about the amount of time you’ll have to use a keyboard and how tired your fingers will become from typing constantly. Dragon Dictation will help you and your tired fingers! All you need to do is tap the screen and start talking. The app will write all your sentences for you and you can easily copy or send the dictations wherever you’d like.

3. Quizlet

Quizlet is a great way to learn and memorize information for a class or exam. Flashcards have been proven to help us learn and memorize information. Flashcards assist us in a memory process called active recall. Active recall is the recollection of concepts and words from scratch. Quizlet allows you to search flashcards made by other students in your area of study. If you can’t find the flashcards you’re looking for or want to make different ones, you always have the option of creating your own. You can also add images and audio to your flashcards instead of adding text. Quizlet is a great study tool and allows you to share flashcards with fellow classmates.

4. Self Control

Are you the type of person that’s easily distracted? Are you constantly looking at your notifications on Facebook or Instagram, watching YouTube videos, or stuck on your Pinterest boards? If this sounds like you, you should try the app called Self Control. You can disable access to those sites that distract you most while studying and can choose how long you want to disable access. The amount of studying and writing you will be able to get done during your time away from these distracting websites will amaze you.

5. Sleep Cycle Power Nap

Once in awhile we all enjoy a small power nap to help us through the day. We get so weighed down with assignment deadlines and exams to study for that we get burnt out. Sleep Cycle Power Nap is a great way to take a break from all the work. This nap app helps you fall asleep to soothing sounds, but wakes you up before you fall into deep sleep. Preventing you from falling into deep sleep is what gives you more energy and what makes a power nap a power nap.