4 apps that will actually help, not hinder, your college experience

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As tempting as it is to play another game of Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood, you’re not getting much out of it aside from learning how to become a superficial star…humper. Set aside the $25 you would spend on a new bob haircut and shoes in her game and focus on your studies. Believe it or not, your smartphone can be more than a tiny Facebook machine, so here are a few apps that will actually help you out when you’re trying to buckle down and be studious.

EasyBib

Bibliographies are the bane of every college student’s existence. Did you miss a comma? You automatically miss a full letter grade on your paper. Screw that! Let a computer handle it instead. EasyBib automatically generates MLA, APA and Chicago Style citations in a snap by scanning the book’s barcode or entering the title. Now you can focus on what actually matters—the content of your paper—without having a full-blown panic attack.

DuoLingo

You’ll hear it time and time again in the professional world. “I took four years of Spanish in college and all I know is ‘Hola.’” DuoLingo can reinforce the basics, or just help you learn the language altogether. Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or even English for international students. Even if your major doesn’t have a foreign language requirement, learning Spanish in the Southwest will open doors you didn’t think possible in the career world. You can sign in on your laptop or take it on the go with your iPhone or Android. Best of all, the app is completely and totally free.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

So you procrastinated signing up for that Psych 101 class and the only class that was available was at 7:40 a.m. No matter how hard your partied the night before, you’re going to have to get up in the morning. If you’re a heavy sleeper known to tap the snooze button, Sleep if You Can will be your best friend and worst enemy. You have two options to shut the alarm off. You can either shake your phone, forcing you to wake and expend energy, or it can force you to travel to a place in your house that’s shown on the screen, be it the bathroom sink or shower. It’s the most precious friend you’ll grow to hate.

StudyBlue Flashcards

Whether you’re studying for a quiz or the GRE, StudyBlue Flashcards are like the stack of flashcards on your desk—only mobile and way tidier. StudyBlue uses pictures, text and audio to help you memorize the right information. Plus you can search their database to use someone else’s flashcards. The only downside is that hand-writing flashcards help your brain retain the information, so you’ll want to study doubly hard.

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