By Francesco D’Alessio
Apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Peach, Musical.ly do dominate the screens of UK and US university/college students. They are clearly the most used, but which are the 5 apps will help a student get a job? Organise their day? Plan their career and future? Capture their inspiration every single day?
Here are 5 apps for students to help achieve with their mission:
1. Grid Diary — map your thoughts everyday.
Summary: Add journal notes, answer questions and plan your priorities.
Mental health is hot in universities at the moment. There is a lot of chatter around exam pressures, sleep and study/life balance. Monitoring how you feel everyday is valuable, something called self-awareness is too.
Grid Diary is a great way to organise your thoughts and feelings as you go across your day, checking in when it’s valuable and keeping everything honest.
2. Calendars 5 — Plan the week and month ahead.
Summary: Add calendar events, add events with speed and monitor your weeks.
Calendars are so vital, so many students are still guessing when it comes to organise events and deadlines, or just using something like Apple Calendar, which is great but is a very basic solution to your personal event management problem.
Calendars 5 is a nifty calendar app, one feature that impresses is where you can add tasks just by mentioning natural language — eg. football tomorrow at 2pm with Bob.
£4.99 iOS: (https://readdle.com/products/calendars5)
3. Todoist — Your to do list for everyday tasks.
Summary: Add tasks or to dos, add due dates and browse your week’s tasks.
To do lists are a fantastic way to get organised, especially for a student looking for more organisation. I see a lot of people using “Sticky Notes” on their Windows PC or Reminders on their iOS device.
I really can’t recommend using Todoist more, for you students, if you need to save your to do list and want it anywhere you are, then Todoist is a “cross-platform tool” which means it can be accessible everywhere, whether you are browsing the web or on your desktop, or on your phone offline. Get Todoist and start brain dumping tasks, and assigning them to due dates.
4. Evernote — a note-taking haven for lectures.
Summary: Organise notebooks, add lecture notes and capture what inspires you.
Again, too many people aren't using enough services like Evernote, to be fair a great alternative is OneNote for students, especially for Windows PC + phone users. I recommend trying Evernote, for add lecture notes, organising reminders with notes and capturing those things that inspire you across your day.
I used Evernote in my first year of university to plan, organise and bring together my personal brand to what it is today. I can’t recommend it enough. Evernote for note-taking in lectures is amazing, make sure to try the audio recording feature too. Saved me hours in having to listen to the details ;)
5. LinkedIn — your next job is ready for you.
Summary: Search jobs, connect with professionals and get a post-university job.
I’m so surprised every time I ask students, even if you’re a creative, get it. Linkedin will recommend job roles, grow your connections and allow you to explore the world of work around you.
It’s designed for you to convert from student to professional, not students to local cafe employee (although that’s totally your choice, no prejudice here).
Get started by: Adding all your friends, and connections to date. Join 6 groups, follow 10 Linkedin Influencers and add a decent (non-night-out) profile photo.
Become a Pro by: Follow the 8 companies that you are passionate about, view their top 20 employees, add them all on your Twitter. After 1/2 weeks, ask them a question about their chosen field. Eg. Marketing Exec at Twitter: How do you manage your content creation?
Thanks for reading, and drop me a follow on Snapchat: francescod_ales!
Francesco D’Alessio is a productivity app reviewer, fan and user! He creates videos on his YouTube channel, blogs, articles for Lifehack.org, Despreneur and much more to help educate the world about productivity tools and resources. He’s been featured on CNET, Microsoft, Todoist’s Blog and more for his work.