College Tips: Apps I Use

Hey guys! How are you? ❤ Today I wanted to share with you guys what apps* and programs I use for college, whether it be for planning, scheduling, keeping track of homework, writing assignments, music, etc…. I hope you guys like this! Comment down below if you use any of these, or which ones you do use!


Planning/Scheduling + Homework:

*quick note: I use my physical bullet journal/planner for everything. However I also like to have stuff on my laptop and phone, so this is what I use in addition to my main paper planner.

#1: myHomework– this is an app I found for my laptop. I got it because it was free and simple to use. It keeps track of your schedule as well as homework/assignment due dates. It’s just an easy way for me to input stuff and transfer to my planner or vis versa, and I like to refer to it when I am actually doing the homework on my laptop. It also syncs to the app on your phone, which is great.

#2: iCal– this is the standard Mac calendar app. I put in my daily schedule, work and exams, and other so that I have a general overview that’s far less detailed than my bullet journal or homework list.

Homework: 

#1: My university has an online program that they use to give assignments, some quizzes, syllabuses, grades, etc…and it comes with an app for your phone, which I use a lot. If your college has a program like this I would check and see if there’s an app because it’s really handy!

#2: I use Microsoft Word for most of my papers. Mac comes with their own program but I prefer Word.

#3: Evernote– this is more for notes, but since I hand write my notes I like to use this for exam studying where I can transfer some of my handwritten notes to Evernote and then make study guides or whatever. You can also sync the apps between devices.

#4: Google drive is honestly a life saver when it comes to group projects, and becoming familiar with Docs and Slides is a great idea if you are not already.

#5: I have used Prezi to do some class presentations, but I think either PowerPoint or Google Slides are much easier to use.

Music & More: 

#1: I use both Spotify and Google Play Music (and YouTube of course!). Spotify is on my laptop only cause I don’t want to pay premium for my phone, and I use Google Music on my phone. You can upload your own songs as well as stream radio with them (similar to Spotify).

#2: Quizlet is a program that I use occasionally. Depends on the subject but it can be great to create flashcards and study for exams.

#3: Khan Academy is great for quick videos on subjects you don’t understand. I have found it especially helpful with math. (of course Youtube works just as well)

#4: Occasionally I refer to CliffNotes for book synopsis’. Often they don’t cover exactly what I need for my assignment but they can help get you to the important pages, characters, plot, etc….


What do you all use? Let me know down below, I love to hear it! ❤

 

*just so you guys know I have a Mac laptop and a Samsung phone, so the apps that sync are apps that are available for both OS and Android systems. 🙂

Monday Memes

Quick note: I am starting my sophomore year of college as well as a new work-study job today! (yay!) And I just wanted to wish all other college students or anybody else going back to school GOOD LUCK! You’ll do great! Also, my new posting schedule is going to be Mon/Thurs, so look out for those! ❤


Here we are again! SMILE cause it’s Monday! 😀 Love you guys! ❤

 

When life gets tough, the tough get going!

 

My sis is 16, starting college and I couldn’t be prouder. Her blog is linked below! ❤

 

Don’t tell me this hasn’t been you once!

 

My sis’s blog: http://www.thelighthouseofessays.wordpress.com

Do you want to see more of “Monday memes”? Have a ridiculous, relatable, hilarious, utterly “must-see” meme to share? Do a “Monday meme” post yourself? Comment down below! ❤ One thing I love more than memes is comments, so don’t be shy! 🙂

Monday Memes

Every Monday should start off with a smile. (*Even though this post is in the evening, I know, but future ones will be in the morning.) Do you want to see more of “Monday memes”? Have a ridiculous, relatable, hilarious, utterly “must-see” meme to share? Do a “Monday meme” post yourself? Comment down below! ❤ One thing I love more than memes is comments, so don’t be shy! 🙂 Happy Monday!

 

My feelings as Monday the 27th begins to draw nearer 😉

How I feel even though I grew up in Montana…

Jedi 101: “Point lightsaber at face, die will you.”

College 2018 School Supply Haul

Hey guys! I don’t know if you all would be interested in this, but I wanted to do a “haul” of my school supplies and things I bring to school and use on a regular basis, minus the textbooks. 🙂 So…here it is! Let me know what you guys use down below, and don’t forget to subscribe to get new weekly posts! ❤

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The backpack I use is the North Face Women’s Jester. Here’s why I love it!

a. It’s super comfy and doesn’t hurt my back when I am carrying a lot of books.

b. It fits a ton of stuff and has good organization pockets in the front.

c. It’s sporty, still cute and very practical.

d. It’s durable and cleans easily.

 

My first semester I bought an ASUS laptop because I needed something very fast for the design programs, because I was studying Interior Design. When I switched to business I wanted a laptop that was smaller, handier, simple, but still fast. So I sold my other one and bought a MacBook Air 13″. Three words suffice. I Love It!

So awesome. I don’t have an Apple phone so this was my first Apple product. It took a while for me to figure out the operating system and the interface, but overall it’s very user friendly and super handy for school. It has a long battery life and I love how thin and easy to carry around it is! Continue reading

5 Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year

Here are 10 Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year. I feel like most people write/talk about this in the hopes of helping freshmen out, but I think every freshman still wishes they knew this after the year’s out. I don’t know. What do you guys think?

These are all from my experience–add your own down below!

  1. Making a friend (or two, or three) in class is really, really helpful! To me, friendship is something to work hard for. I want great friendships, and those that aren’t great aren’t worth it to me. That’s probably why I don’t have that many friends. BUT the ones I do have are great friends! So, if you’re like me and you don’t just make friends out of the blue, getting out there and making contacts is really important. I promise it will help so much! You can study together, complain about class together, do homework together, share textbooks, or get notes if you miss class. And the friendship doesn’t have to be a long-term best buddies one either. While it’s good to be genuine, nice and kind with everyone, you don’t have to stay in touch once the semester is over….but I do advise keeping their contact info just in case…. 😛 I have so many contacts in my phone of people I probably won’t talk to ever again, but who’ve helped me, and I’ve helped them, through exams, notes and stupid homework assignments. So get out there, be nice, SMILE, and make some friends! Don’t be shy. There are nice people out there too. And who knows, you may meet your best buddy yet!
  2. Taking notes is more important than you may think. I have always really liked taking notes, and learned to do it fairly well in high school. But I didn’t know just how important notes would be in college. I expected the importance, just didn’t realize it. I advise you to take notes that aren’t literal transpositions of the professors words/textbook onto your paper. Put stuff into your own words, and that is the value of your notes. To you as well as to any classmate that may ask for them! Even for classes that to you are boring, easy, downright unbearable or you just don’t think you need to take notes for, take them anyway. It helps because a) you’ll stay awake and thinking b) when tests come around you won’t panic and c) you can make great study guides out of your own notes! (Let me know if you guys want a post on that–I made some great ones last semester AND it can be great fun!) So, take NOTES!
  3. Budget your “anti-stress, self-care” coffee expenditures. I think this applies to any year student, but mainly freshmen. I can’t say I’ve done well with this….I spent WAY too much precious “it’s only 3 dollars” last year on Chai Latte’s and the occasional breakfast. Why? First, because I don’t drink coffee, and second because when we’re stressed or tired, or both, a warm drink helps. Especially for your 8 AMs, especially at abhorred class’s exam time, especially when it’s a substitute prof. Basically any and all situations in college call for a coffee. 🙂 And I don’t want to take that away from you. Or from me! We’re just gonna have to budget. I will, I promise. Will you? Give yourself an allotted amount of money for the semester for coffee and make the rest at home. At my university, your student ID card also acts as a debit card on campus. I have never used it as such, but this semester I will for this very budget. And I’ll let you guys know how it goes….I’m up for the challenge! Are you? Let me know down below!
  4. Pack your backpack the night before. When you live in the dorms, or even if you have only afternoon classes, I guess this doesn’t really apply. But for me, because I have morning classes and have to commute, it really helps me to pack my bag the night before (just like I write everything down) because I won’t forget anything and it’s less time getting out the door in the morning. I highly recommend that and also keeping a very organized bag-helps a ton!
  5. Last but not least, find your best study place and study routine. What works best for you? Do you study best between classes, at night, in the morning? In your dorm or at the library? With others or by yourself? Do you like music when you study, or not? These little details are things that we take time to learn and they are really important. Making it easier to get your homework and studying done as efficiently and on as little caffeine as possible is our main goal. So find your niche quickly, it’ll save you time later!

P.S. One more thing: get those “buy ten get one coffee free” cards they offer you at the coffee shop. I never got them and one day realized that for the amount of times I refused I could have already had a few free lattes! It’s just another way to save money, and who doesn’t want to do that! 🙂

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