College

College? There’s an App for That.

With an alarm that makes you chase it around the room, and a pen that records everything you write and hear, you won’t miss a beat in college. Find out why these apps and tools help students with ADHD stay on track at school.

Woman with ADHD looking at her phone apps that improve productivity
Woman with ADHD looking at her phone apps that improve productivity

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 (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

KEEP TRACK OF TIME

FIND LOST ITEMS

SET REMINDERS

KEEP A SCHEDULE

  • 30/30 (iOS, free) Make a list and give yourself a time allotment to complete each task.

BLOCK THE INTERNET

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.

TAKE NOTES

  • Sky Wifi Smartpen ($100-$199.95) The pen not only writes but records everything you write and hear.

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