App-lying smartphones to aid with college life

By Nazia Querashi

Students are getting back in the rhythm of school and can use
some help getting ahead. The following are helpful applications
for smartphones to make life easier for students.

First up is an obvious pick: “The Cal Poly Central” app
provides general information about all things Cal Poly. College
students love food, and the app conveniently provides information
on whether an on-campus restaurant is open or not at any given
time. It also has a list of campus departments with location and
contact information for each one.

Every student struggles with the cost of books and where they
can find them for the best deal. “BigWords” is a free iPhone
application that lets users utilize BigWords.com, a textbook
price-comparison search engine, while on the go and is perfect for
comparing prices at the Bronco Bookstore.

Other textbook apps to check out are CourseSmart’s “eTextbooks”,
which lets users access over 7,000 digitized textbooks on the
iPhone and more than 50,000 free books on the Stanza eBook reader
from Amazon.

“I actually downloaded a very similar app recently because it
was under top free apps,” said Kyle Vericker, a third-year
accounting student. “I just think it is very useful to help save
money on pricey books.”

Another app available for the Blackberry and other smartphones
is iStudiez Pro, which tracks your entire class schedule and
assignments.

Detailed and color-coded class schedules make it easy to read.
In addition, there is the ability to attach assignments to each
course, which then shows up on the calendar, serving as an easy way
to keep track of due dates. IStudiez Pro is $2.99.

Also check out the 99 cent app “My Schedule” as a cheaper
alternative. Although it has fewer features, the app has tools
that allow more efficient scheduling.

Got a big test coming up and need to study? You’ll want to check
out “Cram”, a study tool that allows users to create flash cards
and multiple-choice tests with automatically randomized
answers.

These study aids can be shared with friends and synced to other
computers. “Cram” is a bit pricey at $9.99, but offers a great way
to study on your way to your class and keeps all of your notes
organized in the palm of your hand.

Aside from all the apps made for studying and scheduling,
sometimes other factors contribute to the banes of college life,
like traffic.

“Waze”, available for Motorola Droid users, is the way to
travel. This service builds an accurate map of traffic data by
tracking the speeds of other Waze users on major roads, allowing
for accurate and updated traffic reports.

Stephen Serot, a fourth-year theater student, expresses how
difficult it is to commute to campus.

“I just transferred here and didn’t realize how bad traffic is,
coming from Costa Mesa,” said Serot. “If I would have had an app
to let me know how bad traffic is in morning, I would have not been
late my first day of class.”

For students that are constantly trying to stay fit, lose weight
and eat properly, “The Carrot” is available for all devices and
helps with ways to watch your weight. This app can divulge a
variety of important weight loss tips.

Users can utilize it to count their calorie intake, heart rate,
blood pressure, how much weight they’ve lost and more. It also
gives advice for quick on-the-go meals for the busy individual.

These helpful applications should make school more of a breeze
and multi tasking more efficient.

App-lying smartphones to aid with college life

Photo by Richard Luu / Illustration by Aaron Castrejon / The Poly Post

App-lying smartphones to aid with college life

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