Having recently completed a university degree as a (relatively) mature student, I'm well aware of the stresses of balancing campus life with the prickly issue of actually passing your course. Thus, considering how demanding a student's existence can be, it makes sense to use every resource at your disposal. It's handy then that there is a veritable treasure trove of useful iPhone apps available to aid both your studying and social life. Here are five of my favourites:
Wunderlist is aimed at those of us who are prone to forgetfulness. This piece of software is a task manager, intended to assist you with organising the ever tenuous balance between Thursday's night out on the town with your mates, and Friday's dissertation deadline. Wunderlist enables you to make lists of tasks that you need to complete, and manage them as you desire. The latest version of this program can be synced with your laptop or desktop PC, and incorporates full Facebook integration. But the best feature of Wunderlist is its ease of use. You can download this and begin re-organising your chaotic life within minutes.
Nothing is more stressful for the average student, particularly in these austere times, than managing one's finances. With this in mind, in my opinion Moneybook is the standout app for getting to grip with your incomings and outgoings. The software enables you to build, in essence, a set of monthly accounts for yourself, not only fully accounting for all of your expenditure and income, but also allowing you to categorise the various types of financial transaction that you have accrued. With a super sharp graphical engine, and a neat, user-friendly interface, you can at least rest assured that the £1.99 that you invest in this app will be one sound investment.
Being plonked down in the middle of a strange city in which you don't have the slightest idea where anything is located can be quite daunting, particularly when you have all the stresses of beginning a new and challenging course of study to deal with as well. Pin Drop enables you to keep a record of all the important and cool places that you do manage to locate, by providing you with your own virtual map of the city or town in which you're residing, upon which you can drop pins to mark them out for future reference, and share locations with your friends. A very handy app indeed.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
With so much to fit into the years that you're at uni, which are supposed to be the best days of your life, many students are guilty of burning the candle at both ends. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app attempts to help you get the best possible sleep that you can by analysing your sleep patterns as you lay unconscious, and then waking you up while you're in the lightest phase of sleep. The app utilises an accelerometer in order to analyse your sleep patterns, and once you start using the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock you can leave groggy mornings in the past.
At some point, you might want to fit some study in as well. The Wikipanion is the fastest and best Wikipedia browsing app available, and should be considered an indispensable resource for beginning to research for any academic assignment. Wikipanion's direct connection to the Wikipedia servers ensures that it is exceptionally speedy, and the software even has the capability of recognising and highlighting meta material from each Wikipedia page. The program also ensures that Wikipedia is meshed to your display, making pages simple and pleasing to read and navigate. An unmissable app for all students, regardless of what subject is being studied.