5 Best College Apps for Android

Well, colleges and universities are reopening in different shapes and forms across the world. Certainly, it will be tough for freshmen as well as seniors to cope up with this ‘new normal’. New students need all the help they can get to trump these testing times. These 5 best college apps will go a long way in helping them through the first semester and beyond.

5 Best College Apps for Android

Zoom

Zoom

Assuming that your college hasn’t started physically and e-learning reigns supreme. Chances are that classes are taking place on Zoom. The pandemic shot Zoom to the limelight as it enabled effortless group video calling. Its user-friendly interface makes it the ideal team video calling app for beginners. Its free plan lets you host video calls for up to 100 participants with a 40-minute limit per call. Even if classes are on a different platform, Zoom remains a great app to connect with your classmates and dormmates. University events might be taking place on Zoom. Yoga classes, sorority meetings, debate club sessions and even freshmen workshops can be conducted on Zoom.

Otter Voice Note

Otter Voice Note

Assuming that you are physically attending university in person, you just need Otter Voice Note. It is an excellent app for recording lectures in real-time. It ensures that you are focused on the professor and don’t miss out on essential points. Recordings can easily be shared with classmates. The app has a collaborative platform that allows your classmates to edit transcripts as well. The app’s versatility enables you to record podcasts and webinars among other things. It provides live captioning for people with hearing disabilities. Two other handy features are highlight key points and insert photos of whiteboards and slides. Otter Voice Note is one of the best college apps out there.

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google has a whole host of free apps for students. Let’s start with Google Drive. It is easy to lose photos, videos and other documents in a myriad of files. That is why you should upload all your files to Google Drive where they remain safe. You can access them from any device.

Microsoft had a monopoly in document editing apps and software. This resulted in prices that students simply couldn’t afford. Then, Google came to town with its free Docs, Sheets and Slides. Docs is the equivalent of Microsoft Word, Sheets of Excel and Slides of Powerpoint.

Facebook Campus

University social life will be strange this year due to the pandemic. That is why you need Facebook’s newest offering - Campus - more than ever. Campus is a social media app just for university and college students. It requires a .edu email address and a graduation year no more than five years from now. You can search students by name, year, major or class and browse classmates, dormmates and club members. Students can also lookup university groups and events to join. Students can also create interest-based or dorm-specific groups. Buy/sell groups can also be created. Facebook Campus is one of the best and must-have college apps. To see if it’s available at your university, check here. Campus doesn’t have a standalone app yet, hence, you have to access it from the Facebook app.

Coursera

Coursera App

It is counter-intuitive to include an e-learning app in the best college apps list, but, this one will greatly benefit you. Coursera is one of the forefathers of educational apps. It boasts a library of over 2,000 courses and Specializations. These courses have been carefully created by over 140 universities from around the world. You can practically learn anything without leaving the comfort of your home. From basic Math, Biology and History courses to complex topics like Machine Learning, AI, and Python they’ve got it all. You can stream or download lectures and take quizzes to test your knowledge. You can also earn free certifications for some of the courses. However, to receive them you must finish all the modules within a certain deadline. Most courses are free and those that aren’t free have bare-bones fees.

Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography 📷 and traveling 🚂.