In this day and age, we are rarely separated from our smartphones. The number of different apps available to download has never been higher, with the Apple app store alone offering approximately two million. With the right apps, your smartphone can be your biggest asset for navigating university life. From revision to shopping, here are some of the must-have apps for students.
MyWarwick is an organisation app made by the University of Warwick for its students. It features a fully personalised calendar based on your university ITS account, including all of your scheduled lectures, seminars, tutorials and assignment due dates, compiled with other events happening around campus. The main display also includes other useful information such as bus times, traffic information, your ‘Eating at Warwick’ balance, your emails, and an up-to-date report of the weather on campus. The interface is fully customisable, meaning you can choose what you see, and what notifications you receive. This app is truly the holy grail of all organisation apps for Warwick students.
Many would agree that one of the most frustrating parts of writing essays and papers is the bibliography. But, Citationsy is the solution to all your citation woes. This app allows you to cite journals, books, podcasts, music, images and more quickly and easily as you write your assignments. The search feature allows you to find and select the material you need to reference. Then, simply select the style you want to use and the app does the rest for you. To cite books, you can use the barcode scanner feature to generate the citation instantly. The app also allows you to organise your references by project so you have immediate access to your bibliographies whenever you need them.
Waking up for 9am lectures will never be easy, but there are apps to make it a little more bearable. Sleepzy is a sleep tracker app/alarm clock which helps you to make the most of you sleep. It uses sound and movement to track your sleep pattern, giving you a full comprehensive report of your night. It also allows you to set alarms to wake up in the morning, however, the sleep tracking function means the app will wake you within the 30 minutes before your alarm when you are in the lightest sleep phase, which is proven to leave you feeling less groggy and more refreshed. This app can also wake you up with your favourite song, play relaxing sounds help you drift off and link with the Apple Health app. SleepBot has a lot of the same features as Sleepzy, but is missing some of the more advanced aspects. However, it does come without the monthly subscription fee.
Quizlet is a revision app which will be your best friend during exam season. With Quizlet, you can make your own digital flashcards that you can access on your phone on the go. You can also access flashcards made by other students, organised by subject, to enrich your revision toolkit. Quizlet also allows you to track your progress, identifying areas for improvement and will notify you when you have “mastered” a subject area. It also offers four different study methods to suit your learning style. This app means you can carry your revision with you wherever you go, so you never miss an opportunity to cram when inspiration strikes.
UNiDAYS is a free student discount app which gives you instant access to discount codes for hundreds of leading retailers. You can sign up for a free account using your university portal login. You then have access to hundreds of discounts which are regularly updated to give you the best deals possible. The app provides discounts for Nike, ASOS, Pizza Express, Deliveroo, Apple, Spotify, EE, and Superdrug to name just a few. The codes range from just a few pounds off to a 50% discount, both online and in-store. To use codes in-store, you can simply show your ready-made UNiDAYS ID using the app for money off your purchase. This app is a simple, free way to save money off your everyday buys, as well as those more extravagant purchases, to help your student loan stretch further.