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It’s quite common these days for students to have a smartphone or tablet on them whilst studying at university or college. So, if you do, why not fully utilise your device by downloading some useful apps that will make student life easier, cheaper and much more fun? Below are our top picks of the types of apps that you will find helpful as a student; and the best thing is they’re free to use!

1. Lecture capture
Gone are the days where you have to spend the whole lecture crazily scribbling down everything the lecturer says or shows you on a notepad. Instead, there are apps available that allow you to record audio, meaning you can sit back and listen to the lecture without worrying that you’ll miss or forget vital information. Apps such as SuperNotes, Evernote and Noted not only record audio but they also allow you to type notes, capture photos and tag specific parts of recordings so you can easily find what you’re looking for when listening back over recordings at a later date. It’s the easier, quicker and more efficient way to not only capture information, but to keep it organised and all together.

2. Revision
Whilst trawling through your lecture notes and highlighting extracts from text books is a good way to refresh your memory of what you’ve learnt over the year, it’s not the most exciting way to revise. But fear not, there are apps out there that make revising much more interactive and fun. From mind maps and flowcharts, to flashcards and quizzes, there are ways you can turn your revision notes into a much more visual and memorable experience. An app such as GoConqr is a great one to use at it encompasses all of these features and much more!

3. Student planner
Keeping track of everything you need to do can be a balancing act as a student. You’ve got lectures, tutorials and one-to-one meetings to attend, group projects, assignments and reading to complete, and then of course there’s the social side of student life to fit in as well. It’s just as well there are many task management and to-do list apps that can help keep you organised and on-top of all your to-dos. Using a task app allows you to get everything out of your head and in one place so you can clearly focus on what needs to be done. Apps such as Wunderlist, Todoist and Trello are all great examples that allow you to add tasks to a calendar, set reminders, add notes, photos and documents, and set priorities so you know exactly what you’ve got to do and when.

4. Fitness
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or you’re new to the fitness scene and want to improve your health, there’s so many apps out there than can help you. Keep count of your steps when you’re walk to and from university, track your runs and map out new routes, monitor your heart-rate, learn new exercises with step-by-step guides, follow set workout plans and much more. Some of our favourite apps include Strava, Nike+ Training Club and Sworkit.

5. Healthy eating
Being a student doesn’t just have to be pot noodles and takeaways. Why not head to the kitchen and cook up some delicious snacks and meals for yourself? Download apps such as Allrecipes and BBC Good Food with meal suggestions and step-by-step recipes that are not only healthy, but they’re quick and easy to make; so you don’t have to be a professional cook to make them. And if you’re being good and want to watch what you eat, you can keep a diary and track your food using an app such as MyFitnessPal.

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