Smartphone Savvy for the Organized College Student

These apps and tools will help ADHDers wake up, show up, and study up at college.

Assignments, notes, appointments, dates — there's so much to keep track of when you're juggling college classes and campus life. Need a little electronic help when it comes to getting and staying organized? There's an app for that.

WAKE UP

> Wake N Shake (for iPhone) You have to vigorously shake your iPhone to shut off the alarm.

> I Can't Wake Up! (for Android) You have to do eight wake-up tasks before the alarm is silenced.

> Clocky and Tocky These alarm clocks jump off your nightstand and roll around the room while playing your favorite MP3s.

CALM DOWN, FALL ASLEEP, OR PAY ATTENTION

> Relax Melodies (for iPhone) Creates a white noise ambience for falling asleep or meditation.

> Relax Completely (for iPhone and Android) A hypnotherapist puts you in a relaxed state.

> White Noise (for iPhone) or White Noise Lite (for Android) Features natural and man-made sounds.

KEEP TRACK OF TIME

> Watchminder Set alarms and get reminders to help you focus.

> TimeTimer Displays the passage of time visually. > Pomodoro Timer Lite (for Android) Focus for 25 minutes, and the timer signals it's time for a break.

> FocusTime (for iPhone) Set work and break intervals.

FIND LOST ITEMS

> Find My iPhone (for iPhone)

> Find My Phone (for Android) > Find One Find All Attach a sensor to your keys or other items. Press a button and the item beeps.

SET REMINDERS

> iCalendar (for iPhone); Google Calendar (for Android) Both sync with cell phones, allowing you to schedule online, and to send reminders by e-mail or text.

> Watchminder Organize schedules and manage time.

KEEP A SCHEDULE

> 30/30 (for iPhone) Make a list and give yourself a time allotment to complete each task.

BLOCK THE INTERNET

> Keep Focus (for Android)

> Freedom (for Mac and PC)

> SelfControl (for Mac and iPhone)

LISTEN TO PRINTED DOCUMENTS

> Voice Dream Listen to PDF and Word documents, e-books, articles, and Web pages anywhere with this text-to-speech app.

> Read & Write Gold Text-to-speech software similar to Voice Dream.

TURN SPEECH INTO PRINTED WORDS

> Dragon Dictation (for iPhone and Android) A speech-to-type app that allows you to speak and instantly see your e-mail and text messages.

> Dragon Naturally Speaking The software types what you say. You can launch applications, open files, and control your mouse with your voice.

TAKE NOTES

> Sky Wifi Smartpen The pen not only writes but records everything you write and hear.

THERESA MAITLAND, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD: A Learning Center Program at the University of North Carolina.

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