Forest is an app helping you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work. Whenever you want to concentrate, you can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this small seed will gradually grow into a big tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your little cute tree will wither away. Every day you will own a forest filled with trees and every tree represents 30-MINUTES that you have been working hard.
Unlike other apps, Forest does not prevent you from using your phone. Instead, it attempts to reward you for having the willpower to not use your phone. The concept not only helps you study more efficiently but it also helps you improve your concentration and reduces how easily you become distracted. The app is free and available for free on all platforms so try it out and see if it helps you.
Pocket Points is a lot like Focus except it is meant to keep you focused in the classroom. Simply open the app on campus, lock your phone, and start gaining points. Points are then used at local and online businesses for awesome student discounts, coupons, or gifts!
While not using your phone in class should be a standard in college (trust me, paying attention really makes a difference), this app gives you an extra incentive to not use your phone. The added reward helps you reinforce a positive behavior and will help you do better in class and make you a better student. The app is available on both Android and iOS so try it out and start earning free stuff.
Mint is a great way to manage your finances and keep track of your spending. It’s better to set-up an account on your computer, but once you’re done the app will keep you updated and alert you in case of suspicious spending, credit limits and low balances. Additionally, the app sends you a weekly spending report so you can keep track of where you money went.
The best thing about Mint is that it’s completely free to use, unlike other financial management software like Quicken. The website and app work in harmony so you will always have access to your financial information anywhere you go. Mint’s clean and simple user interface that allows you quickly see how much money and debt you have and analysis your spending habits to alert you when you’re spending too much in a specific category. It’s a really great app for college students because it helps you develop the financial management skills you’ll need during and after college.
Venmo is the easiest way to send and receive money, plus it’s free. Download the app and make a free account and then you can send money to anyone else who has the app. It’s a great way to pay back friends and roommates without having to make a trip to the ATM for cash.
Carrying around cash is such a hassle and even if you have some on you won’t always have the right amount. Venmo makes it really easy to send money regardless of the situation. If you are splitting bills with roommates then you can easily send a request from your phone and your roommates will receive it and can quickly pay you back. When you go out to eat with friends you longer have to split the checks across multiple credit cards, instead one person can pay and the rest can send them their share over Venmo. It’s free to download and use to check it ou.
You’re going to have a lot of to-do lists in college and it can be difficult to keep track of them. Clear is an easy to use app that allows you to synchronize all of them and access them from anywhere. You can set reminders so you’ll never forget important tasks.
Having a to-do list in college is so much more useful than you can ever imagine. You no longer have to worry about forget a deadline or not finishing an assignment. Additionally, it lets you know how much work you need to get done so that you can decide if you have time to hang out with your friends if you should stay in and get some work done. This easy to use app makes it possible to quickly add and delete times and is much more reliable than a paper to do list.
For those who get easily distracted by music, Noizio is a simple app that lets you create a special blend of ambient sounds such as “blue whales,” “deep space,” and “October rain.” The app is free to download on both MacOS and iOS.
While it might be as much fun as listening to Billboard’s Top Hits these sounds will help you stay focused on your work and not the lyrics. Use the app to stay flush out distractions in a noisy place or to prevent yourself from losing focus.
Salah Assana is a University of Virginia student majoring in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. He is currently conducting a research project in the field of smart cities but has also done work in the fields of cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence. He writes regularly for College Mastermind on the topics of financial management, study tips, and educational technology.
Salah is also a passionate environmentalist and entrepreneur who has founded ventures such as the Youth Green Team. An environmental advocacy agency which empowers young environmentalist.