4 apps every student needs away from home

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We try as young adults to be trendy. Apps are trendy, let’s get some apps and make our way through that degree! Not living with your parents anymore doesn’t mean you have to leave your best friend behind too. My phone is always there for me and often saves me from becoming crazy. Here are the five apps that every student needs away from home.

Uber  uber-app

I don’t know if you are going through a rough time after the loss of you car, but I certainly am. As many of us know, the separation is hard and the process for recovery is long. But there is hope! I have been introduced to Uber only a few days after I moved to Toronto. It seems like everyone here is using it. The app is a great alternative to taxis to get from point A to point B. Uber makes your ride more interactive and friendly. Transportation is expensive so the app’s functions make sure you get the most out of your money. The pricing and the trip are pre-established. There are generally no bad/rude drivers. If there was you could then rate them online and never use them again.

https://get.uber.com/go/

2) transit Capture d’écran 2015-10-21 à 16.57.45

Another app that would help you with you urban transportation is your local transit app. Most cities have an app providing the real-time location of buses, push notifications for service interruptions and maps of nearby stops. Public transit is a cheap substitute to Uber and taxis. You will be glad you downloaded the app when you get stuck or lost somewhere. It is generally difficult to adapt to a new public transportation system and apps are available to make the transition a bit easier. If you live in Toronto the TTC has an app available for you. Here is the link to get it and I recommend you do.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ttc-watch-for-toronto/id505286932?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funforfones.android.ttc&hl=fr_CA

3) myHomework Student Planner Capture d’écran 2015-11-13 à 17.10.18

If you are struggling to track all of your homework and finishing them on time, you could buy an old-fashioned paper agenda like your grandma would. Or you can get a homework planner app such as myHomework Student Planner! Not only is it free but the planner sends you notifications to make sure you don’t forget about any of your assignments. The app offers you to create an account for free. You can personalize this account adding your school schedule, academic events and personal reminders. myHomework Student Planner is available on both the AppStore and Google Play.

4) Self-help for Anxiety Management Capture d’écran 2015-11-13 à 17.10.35

I understand that some of us may need more than a mobile app when it comes to deal with anxiety and there is nothing wrong with that. Anxiety can as well affect some people from time to times, it can be annoying and keep us from exploiting our full potential. SAM is a friendly app developed by the University of the West of England. It offers self-help methods of calm breathing as well as a social cloud to talk with other people going through stressful times. We have all been through days or weeks that were mentally exhausting (midterms, exams,etc.), I think that this app can provide support when needed. If anxiety is affecting your quality of life, you may as well want to contact the Anxiety Disorder Association of Ontario.

Your friends might be back home, but your mobile best friend can still be a lot of help. College life has its struggles and I wish that these apps will help you go through them. Transportation should no longer be an issue for you as well as managing your time! I wish SAM will help you manage your time and homeworks as well. If you know any apps that could help other students don’t hesitate to share them in the comment section below. How has your phone changed the way you deal with school?

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Tom Fortin is currently studying public relations at Humber College. This is where he grasped the expertise students need to live all by themselves at school.

Wednesday October 21, 2015

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