10 must-have apps to make college life easier

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By Erin Eagan


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With the start of the fall semester, you may find your life right now is in total disarray. Balancing work, raising a family and attending classes at the same time can feel overwhelming… but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 10 apps designed to make your life easier by helping you get organized, save money, maximize your time and more.

Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft To-Do is a simple and intelligent to-do list that makes it easy to plan your day. Whether it's for work, school or home, To-Do will help you increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels by letting you create simple to-do lists, set reminders and keep track of projects.

Price: Free

Amazon Prime Student
With Amazon’s Prime Student program, users will find offers for free two-day shipping with lots of discounts on items like textbooks and laptops. And with your new .edu email address, the first six months are free.

Price: After a free six-month trial, students pay $49 per year, half off the cost of Prime membership. 

iStudiez Pro app screen shotiStudiez Pro
iStudiez Pro is the perfect app to help you organize your college education. This app will help you keep track of your schedule and manage your homework and grades — all with a user-friendly experience. 

Price: $2.99

Google Drive
With Google Drive, you can upload different files (documents, photos, videos) and access them online whenever you need them. The only thing required is an Internet connection. You can easily invite others to view, edit or leave comments on any of your files or folders. All your files are backed up safely so you can’t lose them.

Price: Free

You can now study smarter with StudyBlue, a crowdsourced study library with over 400 million flashcards, notes and study guides from over 15 million students. Make and share study materials, search for recommended study content from classmates, track progress, set reminders and create custom quizzes.

Price: Free 

Mint appMint
From the makers of TurboTax, this free financial tracking app lets you manage your personal banking accounts on the go. With Mint, you can create personalized budgets and track expenses like rent, gas, car payments and food. It will also send you notifications when your bills are due. Strong security measures are designed so only you can access your info.

Price: Free

Stay organized and get more done with the Evernote app. Users can compose notes, bookmark keywords, and combine documents into virtual notepads for better organization. Enhance your notes with links, checklists, tables, attachments and audio recordings. Even handwritten notes are searchable. 

Price: Free 

With the Dictionary.com app, you’ll get over 2,000,000 trusted definitions and synonyms, designed and optimized for your mobile device. Other features include search history, word origin and history, Word of the Day, synonyms, antonyms, a thesaurus and more. 

Price: Free 

Chegg app screen shotChegg
Buying textbooks can be stressful and expensive, but the Chegg app lets you find rentals of textbooks, and eTextbooks, you need. Easily search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN or by scanning a barcode and put in your order. Then, when you no longer need the textbook, you simply sell it back at the end of the semester. 

Price: Free

With Studious, you’ll never forget a deadline or miss a test. Keep your class and homework schedules right on your phone. When you put in your class schedule, Studious automatically silences your device during class time to avoid interruption and save you from embarrassment. You can also save text notes and photos so you don't miss a thing.

Price: $1.99