Top 3 Apps for College Freshmen

So who remembers when they started college and tried to manage all the college social life and their studies? I know I do! It was hard trying to keep a good balance on everything while not falling behind on my school work. Now there are some great apps that I think really help college freshmen manage their studies and not fall behind. Here are my top three apps for college freshmen:


1.       Study Buddy – This user- friendly iPhone app helps manage your study time and your efficiency with your study time. You set the amount of time you want to study and off to studying you go! You can even take a study break! It logs the amount of time you were not studying. At the end of your study session a graph is created to show your efficiency. The only downfall is if you exit the app, it sends you to a study break. The app does the same thing if you answer the phone.

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2.       Trello – I use this on a daily basis and love it! Trello makes group projects easy! This iPhone app allows you to create a project, assign tasks, attach files, set due dates, and manage several projects all at the same time. The best part about this app is it allows you to add people to the project and communicate with them easily. The iPhone app and web app counterpart both have terrific user experiences..



3.       School Scheduler – An easy to use Android app that allows students to have their school schedule in the palm of their hand. This app comes highly recommended by Droid Nerds and Android Tapp. It’s easy to use and allows you to add tasks, courses, professors, rooms, and even the contact information for your professor (You WILL need that. Trust me!). School Scheduler is user-friendly and everything can be synced to your Google Calendar.


Nikki works at Stone Soup Technology, LLC, an Atlanta-based software development company that develops iPhone app and Android apps, complex web applications, creates valuable big data mining software, and engineers artificial intelligence solutions for several Fortune 500 companies.



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Nest Labs, the manufacturer of the popular internet-connected Nest thermostat, has been acquired by Google for $3.2 Billion in cash. Google Ventures already was an investor in Nest, so the acquisition wasn’t too surprising. What does that mean for all of us? Google will be in millions more of our homes now. I suspect that this will catapult the Internet of Things, which has already been Android heavy, as demonstrated at CES last week. Nest had been rumored to be in talks with Apple, as the device is very much Apple-esque in design – simple and aesthetic. The real value behind the purchase is in it’s founder, Tony Fadell. He was behind Apple’s iPod and the early iPhone. If Google’s lucky, he will stick around and have his hand in the design of the rest of Google’s hardware suite.

Apps to Help Children with Math

I’ve recently been trying to download some helpful Math apps for my 7 year old. She’s in 2nd grade now and there’s now a lot of emphasis being put on them knowing their addition and subtraction math facts—and knowing them fast. If you’re like me, drilling those flash cards every night can get tedious. It’s not enjoyable for the kid or the parent. I mean, this is why we buy our children iPods and iPads at an insanely young age, right? Look at all the help there is out there. And it’s a lot more fun!

Here is a rundown on what I consider to be the best Math apps out there for kids. Keep in mind that I was looking specifically for my 2nd grader so some of these may or may not be appropriate for children younger or older than that.

Math Bingo ($1)
This is really probably my favorite one. Bingo is just fun any way you cut it, but an added bonus is that once you win a game of Bingo you’re taken to another part of the app where you can choose from 3 other games: Bingo Bug Bungee, Math Stack, and Math Fling. Aside from Bingo Bug Bungee, even these are educational and help strengthen math skills. In my opinion, it’s well worth the one dollar cost.


Flash to Pass (free or $.99 without ads)
Personally, the ads don’t bother me on this app so I went with the free one. While this app is really simple with the only task being able to give the answer on flash cards, what drew me to it is the fact that it’s timed. In my daughter’s class they are given 1 minute to answer a certain amount of problems, so it’s a perfect way for her to practice at home.


Mathmateer ($.99)
I have to admit that I haven’t had the chance to have my daughter test this one out, but I will go ahead and tell you that I’ve had loads of fun with this app already! There’s SO much to do in this app, which I guess could be a good or a bad thing. I can’t decide if this would most likely keep my daughter’s attention or frustrate her. However, I do think it will depend on the kid. I can totally see my son enjoying this when he gets a little older. Not only do you get the basic math facts, but once you answer a certain number of facts and earn “money” to be able to build your rocket, you’re then taken on a mission where other math topics are covered such as odd and even numbers, money, shapes, telling time and fractions.


Math Puppy (free or $3.99 for full version)
I’ll go ahead and tell you that to get the full effect of this app, you need to order the full version. The free version only includes subtraction.
This app will draw the attention from your kid from the get-go. The colors are bright and you get to choose a cute little puppy as your avatar. What more could you ask for? While you get to choose from Bingo, Math Challenge and Math Calculator, my daughter, for the most part, just uses the Math Challenge (the calculator is just that –a calculator).


Tic Tac Math ($2)
Who doesn’t love a good game of Tic Tac Toe? While it’s simple (it’s your basic tic-tac-toe game paired with the skill of math flash cards), sometimes having an app without all the bells and whistles is the way to go. There’s also a scratch pad for working out answers, if needed.


Have any others that you’ve found? Let us know!