Apps and Tools for School: 5 Essentials for Surviving the Upcoming Semester

As summer comes to an end, it can seem kinda gloomy for students everywhere. All we have to look forward to is another semester of school. Once you realize that going back to school means football season, seeing your friends, and being one step closer to graduation, you’ll probably get much more excited.

Getting back into the rhythm of school, however, can be challenging. You aren’t used to having to wake up at 8 am every morning, cooking regular meals, or spending your nights cramming for a test. We have been there, too, and we know it is quite the challenge, so weve come up with 5 apps that will make this upcoming semester less of a drag.


Amazon has everything. From home decor, themed party wear, to glow-in-the-dark pencils. If you cannot find it on Amazon, it probably does not exist. But did you know that Amazon is also a great place to get your textbooks for CHEAP? You can buy new, used, and even rent textbooks through their website. They offer several different versions of everything, so no worries for those of you whose professor is still living in 2001. An added bonus…they offer Amazon Prime for Students at a lower cost so you can get all your needs and textbooks for free 2-day shipping.


Chegg is also a great place to get textbooks. But the best use of Chegg is for homework, test prep, and online quizzes. They offer online tutors, study question forums, and textbook solutions. That is right, if your professor assigns homework questions straight from the textbook, Chegg will have the answers. If you are not so lucky, no worries, their online forums, and tutors are there to help.


Quizlet is the best online and on the go self-guided test prep. Through their website or app, you can make online flashcards with any material of your choosing. You can also search through other students sets to find one that may have already been made by a previous student in your class. This allows you to study for your test or quiz anytime anywhere at your own pace. For those non-traditional learners, Quizlet also offers games and mock tests using your flashcards to help you learn and then test yourself over the material in a way that works for you.


Fooducate is a great app for those who are trying to keep off the freshman 15 or those of you who are trying to lose it. The app is a personal dietician; it tracks things such as your food intake, exercise, and sleep so it can help determine the best plan to reach your desired weight loss goal. They even offer pre-guided diets like no-carb, low-sugar or gluten-free. Even if you are not trying to lose weight Fooducate is a great way to monitor what you are putting into your body and help keep you healthy all semester long.


Getting back into the swing of things, as we mentioned, can be hard. Staying awake and alert, let alone paying attention during droning lectures, is even harder sometimes with balancing all of your commitments. Speechpal, however, is about to become your new best friend! The online allows you to easily upload audio and convert it to text, which is a lifesaver come test day.

Speechpal is great for those who dread typing up papers and lecture notes on a daily basis. Using a recording app, you can perfectly record what you would like your paper say, or set it and forget it during a class session; then, submit to SpeechPal and it will transcribe your recording to text in no time at all. Similarly, you can record students for group projects or interviews for a school column – the options are endless! The best part? Your first 2 hours of transcribed audio are free, which is great for those with a strapped budget.         

While it is sad to see summer go, there are only 365 days till the next one. In the meantime, the best way to get prepared for this upcoming semester is to get ahead of things. Do so by going ahead and downloading these apps so you can be ready for the craziness that is syllabus week.

Good luck! If you have any comments you’d like to share, let us know below!