There’s An App For That

The life of a Rutgers student is jam-packed with runs to catch buses, quick dining hall stops, long study marathons, and more. Just when you think life couldn’t get more complicated, life always seems to find its way to do so. But, have no fear! There are some computer and phone applications which I have described below that might help with alleviating some of your problems as a Rutgers student… Some you might have heard of, some you might not have ever seen before…

RUTGERS APP This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised at how many upperclassmen I’ve met who don’t have the generic Rutgers App on their phone. Especially since that the NextBus automated display scrolls haven’t been working at the bus stops, this app is convenient for looking up bus schedules and relatively accurate arrival times. Along with that, this app also gives you a comprehensive menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner/takeout at all of the dining halls, as well as access to Sakai.

SPOTIFY Spotify is the first app in the bottom dock of my iPhone home screen. That’s how important this app is to me. And it should be to all college students. Using your Rutgers email to sign up for a premium account gives you access to all the music and playlist creation you could possibly want at the discounted price of $5.33/month. I won’t go into the Apple Music vs. Spotify debate, but I’d certainly say Spotify is the way to go.

THE HW APP For someone who isn’t a fan of the paper-back agenda, this phone app gives me a simple, organized, and, most importantly, digital alternative. I’ve fooled around with a bunch of different homework/agenda apps, and this one is certainly my favorite. You even get to choose the color for each of your subjects, and the color for the homescreen of the app. Organize your tasks, set reminders, and swipe left once you’ve completed an assignment. If you want to get organized, get The Homework App.

QUIZLET I hope that everyone reading this has already familiarized themselves with the 8th wonder of the world that is Quizlet Premium. I purchased the premium upgrade to the generic Quizlet account for about $20, and I couldn’t be happier with my newfound ability to insert my own pictures to my terms in my anatomy sets. Truly, for anyone who is taking a bunch of classes with visual-based material, I would recommend buying Quizlet Premium. If what you need is just a simple, term/definition flashcards website, the basic Quizlet account will prove to be extremely helpful. It’s not the only resource I use to study for my exams, but it certainly helps with active learning, especially if you utilize the “Learn” feature.

RIBBET I use the Ribbet Photo Editor online, which has drawing and sticker tools that make learning and memorization much easier. For instance, I’ll upload a picture of a brain that I took in Anatomy, and add arrows for cranial nerves, circles for lobes, and green dots along the brain stem, and then save it to my desktop to use in my next Quizlet set. It’s a good online way of “drawing” on a picture of something you need to memorize the components of. It has a lot of other features too, like adding text boxes. It’s basically the new “Picnik” (remember? from when we were all in middle school?), except now I’ve found it has academic relevance! Ha-ha… Check it out.

REEF POLLING Basically just the iPhone-app alternative to an iClicker. $15 for 6 months of use, which is about 20 bucks cheaper than buying the clicker, itself. Definitely worth it if you’re only in one class that requires one.

I hope one or two of these apps will help you get through the day! Have a great rest of spring break, Knights. Cheers!