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5 Useful Apps For College Students In 2020When it comes to student life, it has lots of things to remember for all your life, from parties to searching for your place in life. Studying is, of course, an integral part of what colleges provide. But communicating with teachers and fellow students is just as important. And in the XXI century, digital studying is just as important as the previous two. Almost every student has a smartphone now, and it would be unforgivable to make no use out of it. The five apps we have prepared can be useful for studying as well as for other aspects of student life. They will help in studying, as well as in communicating, organizing your life, and learning to learn — as you will never get your learning done in the XXI century. These apps are also great for making the best use of your time. Some of them are quite generic, useful for anyone. Others focus on education but enjoy reasonable popularity beyond college as well. So, here are our picks from all the variety of apps for students. And… We hope you didn’t expect us to start with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? Great. You use your mind right. Evernote And still, the first app on our list is almost as famous as those we intendedly ignore. Why do we decide to remind a student of Evernote? Because it’s one of the greatest cloud-based tools for organizing your data, your thoughts, notes, plans, ideas, and sharing them with others. Record lectures and save audio files. Handwrite theses quickly on your tablet or on paper and scan them later. Add texts, videos, reminders, pictures, and almost any stuff that’s useful. And access it from your tablet, phone, desktop, whatever. Well, Microsoft OneNote can do almost the same, and, in addition, it’s integrated with Microsoft Office, and it’s free. But Evernote’s pro is its independence. You may use a Mac with Apple Works, or a Chromebook, or some version of Linux with OpenOffice — Evernote is here. Khan Academy It’s one of the best online educational projects nowadays. The secret of Mr. Khan is simple: explain to be understood, remind to move further. That’s what Khan Academy does: it reminds us all the stuff we have been taught in high school, but inevitably forget when we specialize in something else. Videos and text lectures in Khan Academy are easy to search and even easier to understand. So if you feel like there are any basic gaps in your knowledge, Khan Academy is here to fix that. Imagine the notes you should have taken at your school lessons, but forgot. Khan Academy got that covered. It’s now one of the grandest sources of school education for those who need it explained and understood. Offtime Well, we couldn’t help mentioning Facebook and Instagram in the intro, and it’s a diagnosis: we are social media-dependent. Some of us are more resistant, but these networks are so attractive! Conscious control is the key, but it requires some assistance, at least in the beginning. Offtime is the app meant to help with that. As its developers say, its mission is to remind you that the beauty of the moment is here to enjoy it, not to make pictures. But probably you will more often use Offtime to disconnect from social media and live in the moment with your learning or social functions. Remember: it’s your device, not your owner. It’s one of the apps we have characterized as useful not only for learning. Social media addiction is not the students’ problem, and organizing your time may be an issue even long after your college years. So get yourself armed and ready. StudyBlue While you’re already a college student, hardly will you need all those services made for online education outside colleges. StudyBlue, though, is an exception we can recommend. It has enough tools for assisting real life education, like, say, quizzes, schedules, reminders, and — arguably the most useful — a flashcard manager. With it, you can also access online lectures on any subject you experience difficulties with or, on the contrary, want to explore deeper than your college program suggests. As for sharing, your flashcards can also be shared to teachers or mates or to the next generation of students. Your predecessors have already done a great job with that, so you can just download a ready set of flashcards on virtually any subject. SimpleMind Visualizing is a great method of organizing the information you keep in your memory. Well, you don’t have to master the mind palace technique to the extent that Sherlock Holmes or Hannibal Lecter can illustrate. But probably you don’t have to. There are great digital tools to keep your visualized memory once you create these schemes, and SimpleMind is one of these. With it, you can draw your ideas, plans, schemes, projects as mind maps, connecting elements, assigning priority, sorting things out, and sorting them in as well. The page can be of any size it takes to fit the greatness of your idea or the level of detail you want to have included. Unlike other mind map apps, this one has almost no limitations. The app has some free layouts for your plans, plus you can create your own custom ones. You can even combine multiple templates within one page, and, due to collapsible branches, control its view. There’s Always More to Learn Are these five apps enough for learning? Certainly, you will have to use way more in your learning. There are apps for calculations and spell checkers, virtual map collections and anatomical illustrations in 3D and even VR, instructions on programming and illustrations on psychology, and so on, ad infinitum. But we intendedly decided to stick to the most generic apps that have the most basic and thus the most versatile functionality. In addition, your anatomy, law, or physics teacher is more aware of these specialized apps, while we focus on the overall learning process. What apps do you find the most useful for college studying? Drop some names we have missed. Share from your own experience. Offer better analogs if you know any. We’ll be grateful for your comments if you leave some.
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- Minecraft Minecraft is a crafting sandbox game which everyone has heard of. It features a huge open world, which you can interact with in multiple ways. You can also play with your friends. Realms in Minecraft are generated randomly and a player starts at a random point. If you are into exploration and crafting it is a very good game to check it out. Graphics 3/5 Minecraft’s graphics consist of blocks. It does not sound too appealing, but those blocks give the game its charm and unique atmosphere. Moreover, the graphics are not demanding at all, so you can unleash your creativity even on the old PC. It is also easier to manipulate resources when all of them are just blocks, not very realistic though. The user interface is made by a principle of simplicity. However, with the recent updates, you can move items to a hot bar while shift-clicking. Controls 4/5 The controls are typical for this type of game. Yet they can differ from platform to platform. For PC you will perform the most of the actions with the mouse. Also, it is possible to set up keys according to your taste. However, we believe that the most comfortable controls are in the Minecraft Switch version. Lasting Appeal 5/5 Multiplayer, survival mode, multiple opportunities for crafting, and the sense of ownership makes Minecraft a perfect game for replay. There is no finish point in the game. It is hard to stop when you have built a whole town, so you will likely return to Minecraft with a new bunch of ideas. Lasting Appeal of this game is so high that people spend thousands of hours in Minecraft, gathering resources and crafting. First, it can be practical tools, then fortifiers for your town, finishing with the beautiful décor parts. And all of the above is made from the raw materials, isn’t it fun? The only disadvantage of this game is how addicted it could become. Difficulty 2/5 The playing is not difficult at all. But when you have gathered all kinds of different resources you will likely realize that you do not know what to do with them. Minecraft does not offer players any type of guidance. You should go to Minecraft wiki and just read through recipes, following them. Survival mode can bring some difficulties, so you better step in prepared. In general, Minecraft follows our world’s physics and is quite realistic in that matter. So you better not jump into a suspicious pit or something. It can seem that Minecraft lacks text or NPCs but there is a great feeling of achievement when you are only one against the world. Many people continue to play it because of it. Occasional bugs can also ruin the experience a little.
- Hello Neighbor Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game where a player must find a way to the creepy neighbor’s basement. It contains not only lots of puzzles, but the AI is very smart and capable of learning the player’s favorite routes. Do not be surprised if you see traps or cameras set all over the way while you were sure the way had been clear. Hello Neighbor is a game with multiple problems which hinder players from enjoying it. Graphics 5/5 The graphics are the best side of Hello Neighbor. The colors are bright and the style of the game portrays the creepy atmosphere very well. Moreover, character design is also on top. The appearance of the neighbor gave us chills many times. The animation is smooth. There are countless items situated in the neighbor’s house, and they are drawn quite realistic. The only problem is that you cannot know which of them are interactive, so guessing is your only choice. The graphics work very convincingly with the sounds. Controls 2/5 Controls are the place where Hello Neighbor hits the bottom for the first time. You won’t be given any tutorial, so it is a plain trial and error. Some buttons perform one action in one moment, and the other in the second moment. The unrealistic and sometimes very irritating physics worsens things, so it is not only the bad controls you have to fight against. Lasting Appeal 1/5 Playing Hello Neighbor introduces players to so many problems that nobody will want to experience it again. Moreover, you have to pay for other episodes separately. The game has no solid plot and is based solely on horribly difficult puzzles. The only good thing is a creepy atmosphere but you can easily experience it anywhere else. It is very frustrating to play even if sometimes you get rewarded for exploring the labyrinth. Hello Neighbor has been in early access for months, and it seems nothing is going to change for the better. Difficulty 5/5 The difficulty curve in this game is inadequate. Hello Neighbor does not explain to a new player anything. You will have to lurk through the forums or steam reviews if you dare to finish this game. In order to kill the boss, you need to have a double jump ability, but you can obtain it only in a specific location. And Hello Neighbor does not encourage a player to get there. It just does not give any clue at all. As for puzzles, they are so unpleasantly hard and illogical that we could not help but feel irritated by the unpredictability of them. Moreover, it is so easy to fail countless times and get discouraged because the neighbor seems to know anything which is happening in the world.
- Google Chrome – The Fast and Secure Web Browser Google Chrome is a browser that enables you to surf the Internet conveniently. There are customization options that you can adjust in the settings for a personalized experience. Beyond the conventional browsing functionality, additional features such as Google Translate give you even more enhanced user experience as you can browse all webpages in the English language. There are other handy features which can be integrated with Google Chrome for better user experience. These require that you sign up for a Google account, which is free, and you will be able to sync data (such as bookmarks and open tabs) across all your devices. The app offers you an incognito browsing mode which enables you to surf the internet with privacy. The browser has a built-in PDF reader that allows you to view PDF documents. Looking at the design, Google Chrome has a clean and logically organized layout. The features are visibly marked, and it is easy to comprehend what each icon represents. Search results are displayed in a well-organized manner, making it easier for you to locate webpages of your interest. Moreover, the toolbar located on the bottom part of the interface auto-hides, letting you focus on page content. The start-up page shows frequently visited websites, which is quite convenient during startup – no need to type the URL of places you go to often. However, there are some usability issues. The ease of getting to bookmarks is questionable as they are in a place that is tedious to access instead of being displayed in a new tab. In addition, the app may be slightly slower compared to other browsers in regards to performance, an issue that varies from device to device. Nonetheless, other core features are simple to access and use. You can switch between tabs with ease by merely touching the tabs icon on the top right corner of the interface.
- Find My iPhone Find My iPhone app helps you find your iOS device in the event of misplacement. You can also completely erase your data when recovery becomes difficult. With Find My iPhone, gone are the days when an iOS device would get lost, and all that could follow was fear of never getting it back or the dread of your data being exposed. The app comes in handy in helping you find your device and wipe it if necessary. However, if you chose to format the device by erasing all the data, you will not be able to find it using this app. With this in mind, clearing all the data should come in as the last option. One other feature is the Lost Mode. It enables you to lock your iOS device and displays a message alerting anyone with it that you are coming for it. The app also shows your contact in case anyone with it would need to contact you. You need to enable the app in iCloud settings on your device so that you can locate it. The graphics of the app are simple and clean, which is the tradition with most Apple software products. The navigational elements are so clear that you can launch the app for the first time and use it flawlessly. The maps are excellent, the accuracy of device locations is reliable, and the visual representation of the gadget is visible enough. In terms of controls, it is almost impossible to make a wrong move with this app, thanks to the simple and clear instructive components. Once you have located a lost device icon on the map, a navigational bar at the bottom of the screen gives you three options, and these are Play Sound, Lost Mode and Erase iPhone. Their ease of accessibility is beyond question.
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