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 N Shake (iOS, $0.99) You have to vigorously shake your iPhone to shut off the alarm.
> I Can't Wake Up! (Android, free) You have to do eight wake-up tasks before the alarm is silenced.
> Clocky and Tocky ($39.99, $49.99)
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 (iOS and Android) Creates a white noise ambience for falling asleep or meditation.
> Sleep Deeply (iOS and Android, $6.99)
A hypnotherapist puts you in a relaxed state.
> White Noise (iOS and Android, free lite version and $1.99 full version) Features natural and man-made sounds.
KEEP TRACK OF TIME
> Watchminder (iOS, $1.99) Set alarms and get reminders to help you focus.
> TimeTimer (iOS, $2.99 and Android, $0.99) Displays the passage of time visually.
> Pomodoro Timer Lite (Android, free) Focus for 25 minutes, and the timer signals it's time for a break.
> FocusTime (iOS, $.4.99) Set work and break intervals.
FIND LOST ITEMS
> Find My iPhone (iOS, free)
> Find My Phone (Android, free)
> Find One Find All Attach a sensor to your keys or other items. Press a button and the item beeps.
> iCalendar (iOS, free) and Google Calendar (Android, free) Both sync with cell phones, allowing you to schedule online, and to send reminders by e-mail or text.
> Watchminder (iOS, $1.99) Organize schedules and manage time.
KEEP A SCHEDULE
> 30/30 (iOS, free) Make a list and give yourself a time allotment to complete each task.
BLOCK THE INTERNET
> Keep Focus (Android, free)
> Freedom (iOS and PC, free trial then $2.42/month)
> SelfControl (Mac)
LISTEN TO PRINTED DOCUMENTS
> Voice Dream (iOS, $19.99) Listen to PDF and Word documents, e-books, articles, and Web pages anywhere with this text-to-speech app.
> Read&Write (iOS, Android, free) Text-to-speech software similar to Voice Dream.
TURN SPEECH INTO PRINTED WORDS
> Dragon Dictation (Android, free) A speech-to-type app that allows you to speak and instantly see your e-mail and text messages.
> Dragon Naturally Speaking (Mac and PC, price range from $99-$200) The software types what you say. You can launch applications, open files, and control your mouse with your voice.
> Sky Wifi Smartpen ($100-$199.95) 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.
This article appears in the Fall issue of ADDitude.
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