Your fresh out of high school teenager is heading off to college in a few short weeks. You are trying to hide the waves of nerves and bouts of crying, but you just want them to be prepared and taken care of in this new phase of life. One way to make sure they are well organized and ease your own nerves a bit is to send them off with the right apps to keep them organized, prepared and, hopefully, conscious of their spending habits. Here is a list of apps no student should leave home without!
Getting into the routine of college courses and managing it all on your own, without a teacher prompting you to turn things in, can be a huge adjustment. The inClass app allows students to manage their schedule and homework as well as set reminders for when things are due. This fantastic app also has options available to take photo, video, text and audio notes, letting your college student find the way that he or she works best.
Having to fold your own clothes, remember your homework and wake up on your own leaves little time to remember to actually eat decent food. Urbanspoon makes finding food in any area much easier. Students can search by location, price and type of food and Urbanspoon will give them all the finds in their area, doing all the work that Mom used to do!
Amazon Student is a one-stop shop for students looking for new or used textbooks. You can scan the barcode on any textbook and this app will give you a range of prices, where you can find it and even options for shipping and selling your own books. This app makes buying, selling and trading textbooks easy.
This app will be a lifesaver for you and your college student. Giving students a list of everything they could possibly need as they head off to college and a checklist to mark things off as they purchase them, the College Packing List is a must-have app for anyone heading off to college for the first time.
Heading out on your own for the first time means managing your own money. Sitting down with your teen before they leave for college and helping them work out a budget is a great way to get them off to a good start, but calling every day to make sure they are following their budget is the quickest way to get them to ignore your calls. Try this money management app from Mint.com to help them see where their money is going and how they need to plan for the months ahead.
No matter what apps you and your college student choose, preparation and finding what works best for your teen will ease your mind a bit and get you both started on the right track in this new phase of life.
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