Whether desperately needing help managing one’s hectic life or looking for a distraction from it, there are numerous applications (apps) to download that are capable of relieving stress and helping people stay connected. These study/homework help, organization, news, and social media apps are some of the best for busy students and teachers alike.
Sometimes, while working on school work, students come across words they do not know in a reading assignment or are at a loss for words in the middle of an important paper. Dictionaries and thesauruses are essential parts of the well-prepared student’s life, but what if those resources aren’t readily available in print form?
This is where the famed website-turned-app “Dictionary.com” Dictionary & Thesaurus come in handy. The free app provides quick definitions and word suggestions to students who are in need.
“It helps to look things up faster than flipping through a book,” freshman Emily Welsh said.
An app that helps students practice for the SAT was created by The College Board. Fittingly named, “The Official SAT Question of the Day,” this app allows students to answer a real SAT question each day in preparation for the test. This constructive tool is available free of charge in the iTunes App Store and in the Google Play store.
Organization & News
To-do lists are great tools to help students ensure productivity during their hectic days, and there are apps to help here too.
“[Creating to-do lists] helps me stay organized and manage my time,” junior Mary Swatzell said.
Out of the many available apps that make organization easier, there is one that stands out is “Evernote”. This is an app that does more than simply create to-do lists.
This app also allows users to write notes (recipes, holiday wish lists, book lists, etc.), take pictures of important things and much more, while providing easy access to any of these personal tidbits from anywhere there is a computer, tablet, mobile phone, etc.
Once created, the material can be shared to virtually anyone the user chooses. The basic version of “Evernote” is available for free.
In addition to staying organized, students need to be updated on current events.
“Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine” provides magazine-like hubs for users to collect news in their favorite categories (i.e. fashion, sports, politics), displays stories from popular publications like The New York Times and connects to social networking sites to gather updates in one place to interact with friends more easily.
Senior class president David Scherer says “Flipboard” is a great tool that is very helpful in keeping up with current events.
Entertainment & Social Networking
After all of the studying, organizing and updating, entertainment apps are welcomed with open arms in an effort to relieve stress.
“Netflix” allows users to watch thousands of TV shows and movies on tablets, mobile phones, PS3s, Wiis, Xboxs, MACs and PCs. The app is free, however a monthly subscription fee of $7.99 is collected to access unlimited movies and TV shows.“Pandora” provides free, personalized radio stations to help students calm down or rock out.
Social networking is another way many students and teachers choose to unwind and stay up-to-date with their friends and family. By now, most students and teachers are aware of the numerous
social networking sites.
“Twitter” is a clear favorite in the world of social networking and is used by students, teachers, parents, politicians and world leaders to share their thoughts in 140 characters or less.
Senior Abdi Bashir chose Twitter for social networking. He said it is harder to get a message across in pictures than in stating exactly what is meant with words.
Sophomore Dylan McKay prefers pictures to words. He said, “Instagram… a picture’s worth a thousand words, but Twitter only gives you 140 characters.”
“Instagram” allows users to take photos and videos and customize them with different filters and captions.
A third and still popular form of social networking can be found through the app “Vine.” This app allows users to record life’s hilarious and relatable moments in short videos that play on a running loop.