You have your laptop to take notes, e-mail to keep up with assignments, and Facebook to distract yourself from assignments. But what about nontraditional uses of technology to enhance the college experience? Here are some of my top suggestions for Student 2.0.
Grades 2 is an application for iPhone, iPod, and iPad users that makes tracking your progress simple. You enter the classes you’re taking, fill in all your semester assignments and relative weights, and then feed the app your grades as the course progresses. Grades 2 will then average the scores and tell you your current grade, GPA, due dates, sub-grades, etc. Unfortunately, the app won’t be able to inform you whether or not it’s worth it to sleep through your boring 8 A.M lecture –even so, this is a free application that could save you some of that end-of-semester panic.
If you’re looking to save money and stress on textbooks, avoid the crammed, under-stocked campus bookstore and go online, obviously, online retailers like CampusBooks.com can help you buy, rent, or sell textbooks back. And it’s not just for buying: when you’re done, selling books back online will also help you recoup your losses and avoid getting ripped off at the bookstore.
Don’t forget to explore resources like open-source and free books, like at Flat World Knowledge and other sites as an alternative to textbooks.
As enjoyable as 3 A.M cram sessions in the library can be, there are a host of tech services to help improve the efficiency of your studying. Companies like Evernote, StudyBlue, and Cramberry are online flashcard-storage services that let you create a digital note card stack which can then be synced with a smartphone and studied on the go: in line at Starbucks, at the gym, even–radical as it sounds—in the library.