The first thing I did when I got my tablet was download apps and games until I had finished all my data. My app obsession still hasn’t faded (nor has my knack for finishing my data long before the end of the month) but I know now what apps are helpful for college. Below I list down some apps I’ve found super-helpful for college.
1) Pinterest – this is where the majority of my data goes. Pinterest is perfect for productivity tips, pictures of hot TV stars and pretty much anything in between. Use it as a stress reliever or to find tips on writing an essay. There’s nothing that isn’t on Pinterest.
2) Evernote- More often than not, I have notes scattered all over the place. Evernote helps me to organise notes according to subject and year. I also use Evernote to help me organise my writing drafts. A definite must for any college student.
3) Any.do- I adore this app so very much. Basically it’s a to-do list app that always displays what you need to do, under your notifications. You can organise items based on categories such as work and personal. You can list everything from errands to meetings. Pure perfection!
4) My Study Life- This app allows you to create your timetable and reminds you 15 mins before your class starts. It also allows you to list your assignments, homework and revision. My Study Life gives you no excuse to not be a perfect student.
5) Amazon Kindle- Whether you’re storing your novels or your textbooks, the Kindle app is great to have since it takes up far less space than an actual book.
Feel free to share your favorite apps below (so that I may try them out myself).
The cheapest way to buy textbooks can be described in a single word. Don’t.
Textbooks are costly and once you’re done with them you’ll have to try selling them to someone else. Trust me on this. I’m sitting with an entire box of matric study guides as well as textbooks for freshman. The worst part is the syllabus for both have changed so my books are useless.
Learn a lesson from me and try as much as possible to not buy textbooks. Instead consider these options:
1) Rent: I’m not sure if this is an option in South Africa but I have seen several sites in the US advertising for textbook rentals. The good thing about renting is that you get rid of the textbook once you’re done with it. Unfortunately you can’t highlight or make additional notes in the book.
2) Borrow: Check the local library for textbooks. I’ve never actually found any of my books but it’s worth a try.
3) Download- Online sites have ebook versions of books. This way you never have to worry about reselling the book or a heavy bag.
4) Photocopy- Your campus library should have a copy of all reading material. If all else fails, photocopy the necessary notes. Sometimes this may be close to impossible (ie the book is too large to copy or is missing several pages) but if you’re barely going to use the book, it’s a great substitute. I’ve paid R120 for a photocopy of a R300 book. That’s R200 I could eat. Or pay fees (I’m lying. I’m going to eat it).
Sometimes you just have to give in and buy the book. Here are a few cheap ideas for books.
Second-hand: My Management textbook was too large to photocopy and the sections were getting cut off. I paid R250 for a second hand copy from a friend(everyone else was selling theirs for R400) and it was so worth the great marks I received later on. Bonus? She had added additional notes.
Check your student website as well as second-hand stores for textbooks if you can’t find them anywhere else. Sometimes these stores buy back which takes away another hassle. Yay!
What you should never ever do if you end up having to buy textbooks, is buy them new. You don’t need that hassle or expense. Talk to other students who have done the module to find out if you really need the textbook. And if you do then compare prices before buying.
College is expensive enough on its own. Any way to save money is a great idea. Especially if it means you don’t spend on a book you’ll only need for a few months.