Top 5 Best Free College Apps for iPhone & Android

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The end of summer means school is beginning again. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it, but these five apps will make it a little bit easier to have a smooth beginning. Freshman getting ready to move to a new city and graduate students starting yet another year of school can use these apps and feel confident attending classes.


1. Chegg

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One of the most stressful parts about college is buying textbooks. They are expensive and you need a lot of them, but Chegg tries to make the process as painless as possible. You don’t have to buy new books at your university bookstore. Instead, search for what you need by title or ISBN number and find something a little cheaper. You can also rent books with Chegg so you get most of your money back at the end of the semester. Paper is a thing of the past, so download ebook or auidobook versions of what you need.

Download it here for Apple.

Download it here for Android.

Pros:

  • Can search by ISBN
  • Has access to ebooks and audiobooks
  • Ability to rent books

Cons:

  • Won’t offer some books that are particular to your university
  • Won’t have used versions of every book
  • Have to pay for shipping


2. Benchprep

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Standardized tests are unfortunately a way of life for someone in an academia. Whether it is the SAT, ACT, GRE or LSAT, Benchprep is here to make the process seem a little more manageable. You can even use it for a professional setting to learn Powerpoint and Excel. Put in the subject or test you want to prepare for and the app will offer materials you need to prepare. Set up a Study Plan, use the already made Flashcards, do Practice Tests and take notes all in one place.

Download it here for Apple.

Download it here for Android.

Pros:

  • Download study materials for free
  • Good variety of subjects
  • Can set up a study plan

Cons:

  • Have to log in to use
  • Takes up a lot of space on your device
  • Can take awhile to load


3. Circle of 6 U

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Going to college often involves moving to a new city and late night study sessions on campus. Walking home at night can be a scary thing if you’re not used to where you are. Circle of 6 U works specifically with three universities to give you the tools to walk home safely. Add 6 people to your circle and you can tap on them automatically to send a text asking for help. Before you leave a location, open the app and send a text with two taps if you need to. You can also hit the exclamation point at the bottom of the screen to pull up the campus police number. The app only has information for three universities, but you can download the normal Circle of 6 and it will cover any area.

Download it here for Apple.

Download it here for Android.

Pros:

  • Can get emergency information
  • Send a quick text to people in your circle
  • Ask your friends to give you a call or come get you

Cons:

  • Only available for three universities right now
  • Need to have six people to contact
  • Can be hard to set up at first


4. TED

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If you aren’t listening to TED talks, you are missing out. They are an easy way to learn about things you would never have exposure to. These talks are often recorded at universities and can supplement what you’re learning about in your classes. Search for specific subjects, or scroll through the ones that are trending. You can share these by email or social media so you could show them to a professor or classmate. Listen to all you can about a certain subject to create a different perspective.

Download it here for Apple.

Download it here for Android.

Pros:

  • Search by subject
  • Share by email or social media
  • Listen to a random one with the Surprise me feature

Cons:

  • Can be hard to navigate
  • Isn’t easy to control audio
  • Searching by Talk title doesn’t always work


5. RefME

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You are going to write a lot of papers in college, and one of the most frustrating things about writing any kind of paper is citing your sources. There are so many rules to do it correctly and with the onset of the internet it’s hard to know how to source things like podcasts and online articles. RefME makes it as simple as possible by just filling in the tabs and letting the app create the perfect citation. Search for a book, journal or website and the app will bring up different citations to choose from. You can even scan the barcode of the book for a quick source.

Download it here for Apple.

Download it here for Android.

Pros:

  • Search for book, journal or website for instant citation
  • Scan book barcode or spine
  • Export citation by email or social media

Cons:

  • Can be hard to navigate
  • have to have a profile to use
  • Sometimes can’t find book

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