Apps: How to Choose the Right Ones for You

It seems like an app exists for everything these days. Can’t remember if you locked your car? There’s now an app for that. Want to keep track of how much water you have had today? There’s an app for that too. Amidst the plethora of apps, it can be difficult to find the best apps that actually help your quality of life and increase your productivity. We set out to ask students which apps work best for them and which ones they use on a daily basis. Below is the list of results.

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What Students Use Most

  • Email apps: Outlook, Gmail, and Google Drive
  • YouTube: whether it is watching funny videos, learning from a how-to video, or listening to music, students use this platform almost daily
  • Albert: students use Albert to keep track of spending, build their savings, and set a financial budget
  • My Fitness Pal: this helps students keep track of their exercise and track calorie intakes
  • Reminders: great for those times when you don’t have your agenda in front of you and you don’t want to forget to write something down
  • Headspace: it reminds you to take some time each day for your mental health. This helps you meditate and provides a guide to do so
  • Mywater: sometimes it is nice to have someone (or something) reminding you to stay hydrated
  • Canvas: SMU students all rely on the mobile version to refer to their syllabi. They can also see when their grades have been posted and download reading assignments on-the-go
  • Banking apps: Wellsfargo, Charles Schwabb, Chase, and other banks that give you access to your spending habits and your bank account
  • Slack: the “business” version of GroupMe that is being used more and more by interns and student organizations. This platform keeps all the organization’s conversations under one umbrella
  • News apps: Fox, CNN, and Times were popular among students
  • Google Calendar: this is a great place to keep all of your assignments, meetings, and test dates in one place. You can access these from your phone and pick up where you left off on your computer
  • Notes: students reported using this for random things they wanted to write down, for keeping track of weekly spending and for making grocery lists. Some students made lists of restaurants in Dallas and shared the list with friends to collaborate

Other students surveyed said they prefer using an agenda rather than their phone for keeping track of their days. Whether you use an agenda or an app, track your spending, your to-do’s, and your daily activities. Keeping track of these helps to see how far you have come and show you where you are headed towards.