Using Apps for College Success

Hey First-Years!

With the end of the Spring semester right around the corner, it’s more important than ever that you’re on top of your schoolwork, assignments and other responsibilities like staying healthy, managing your money and making time to relax! While that may sound like a tall order, the good news is that there are a ton of apps (many for free and some paid) that can help you be more productive and have fun doing it. Below is a list of some of my favorites that I’ve found useful (and others from the Internet).

**I’ve also provided links to all of the apps mentioned below by clicking on their name**

  1. my homework app
    – This awesome app is like a virtual agenda that you can keep on your phone or laptop. It keeps track of all of your assignments and homework while also showing you upcoming work and what classes you have that day.
  2. clear app
    – This application allows you to create an easy-to-use to-do list. It’s super helpful for keeping track of everything from grocery lists to tasks and reminders.

  3. mint app
    Keeps you financially organized by helping you set budgets, pay bills and lots more!
  4. self control app
     This is an app for your laptop or desktop computer (works with Macs or use Cold Turkey blocker for PCs) which eliminates the temptation to go on distracting social media sites when you should be doing your work by temporarily blocking access to them. Use this one when you really need to focus! 

  5. MyFitnessPal– 
    A complete fitness app that allows you to track calories and log exercise so that you can stay on track with your fitness goals.

  6. canvas appCanvas
     This is a mobile version of Salem State’s eLearning system (Canvas). Use it to stay up to date on class announcements, assignments or to shoot your professor an email- all from your phone!  

  7. breathe appBreathe– 
    It’s also really important to practice self-care and de-stress at the end of a long day. The Breathe app offers a modern and elegant way to squeeze in meditation to your life. It offers meditations covering mindfulness, relaxation,  falling asleep, practicing kindness and many more. The best part? Most of the meditation tracks are only about 5-10 minutes long, offering the perfect quick fix for a mental vacation.

I hope you’ve found this list helpful but there are many more apps out there, so do some digging and stick with what works best for you! Finish the semester strong, I know you can do it.

All the best,
FYM Patrick


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