3 Must-Have Apps for First-Year University

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Your first year of university can be incredibly stressful. To help destress, here’s a list of my top 3 apps for first-year university.

Google Drive:

If you’re a university student and you’re not using Google Drive to store your files – you’re missing out. Of course, I learned this the hard way.

Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage service. It allows you to save your documents and photos on the go from any connected device. You don’t even need to remember to save your documents as you work because Google does it for you!

The most important feature to note is the ability to share all your documents, folders, and files with others. Don’t worry, you can manage the edit privileges of each person you share with.

What makes Google Drive even more useful is that you don’t need an internet connection to create a document. Simply start your document offline and it will upload as soon as your device reconnects.

If you’re not sold yet, did I mention that you get 15GB free space, forever!

Google Keep:

You can use Google Keep on your phone or through your internet browser. It’s essentially a digital sticky note and to-do list organizer, with some added perks.

Admittedly, I use it mostly for my grocery lists and since I always have my phone on me, I can’t accidentally arrive at the grocery store without my list (it’s inevitable, trust me)! The list notes also give you the option of sending checked off items to the bottom of the list so that you don’t have to keep scanning the whole list to find the items you still need to pick up.

Google Keep has several other awesome features, such as sharing notes, adding photos and audio, and colour coding (for us organizational types).

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Office Lens:

Office Lens (Android or iOS) is an app for your phone that allows you to snap a picture of a document or photo and flatten the image so that it looks as if it were scanned.

Most of us have missed at least one class and had to copy notes from a friend, and if you’re anything like me you took the lazy way out and snapped a picture with your phone instead of copying the note out by hand or running to the library to use the photocopier. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve opened up the photo to look at the note and found it nearly impossible to read; the photo is tilted or the image is blurry, etc.

I discovered Office Lens a few years ago and have been using it ever since. I snap a photo (without even levelling the camera, I might add) and the app flattens the image so that it’s as if I used a scanner. Take a look at the images below to see the difference. No more Star Wars-style slanted text!

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