Downloads that will make your life as a student easier

We all enjoy browsing social media and other apps that may take up a lot of our time, but what if I told you that there are apps that will make your university life easier?

Date: 18 March 2019

My name is Inga and I’m a current London Met student. Here’s a list of my top five apps for students:

1. Citymapper

If you’re anything like me then you know how confusing it can be to navigate London. Sometimes it feels like there are a million Tube lines, you don’t know if it’s underground or overground, whether you should take a bus or if the traffic is so bad that you should just stick to walking – #hardlifedecisions. Citymapper will help you! This app has everything you need to travel in London. You can see when your train is coming, how much your travel will cost and if you’re feeling too lazy to travel with public transport, they will even let you know how long for an Uber and approximately how much it would cost. 

2. My LondonMet app

If you are a London Metropolitan University student, you need this app! To get the best features of the app, you need to connect it to your University email and you can do pretty much anything. If you want to check your emails, see your timetable, check your Evision or Weblearn, top up your print credit or just know what’s happening at London Met – this is your app. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this app has saved me from panicking whilst trying to find where my lecture is taking place!

3. Google Docs

I would say most students know about this app, but if you don’t, you need to download it now. Have you ever had a situation where you are in the zone writing your last 500 words on an essay that’s due tomorrow, then your computer decides to turn off, and of course, you didn’t save it? Yeah, me too. With Google Docs you won’t have to worry about that. It saves your documents automatically, everywhere you go you can access the files (as long you know your email and password) and the best part is that you can make the document offline, work on it whilst underground and it will still save the information for you when you get back online (there is also Google Sheets and Google Slides). 

4. Lynda.com

I think this is my favourite app. Lynda.com is a website that provides online tutorials and e-learning courses and for us, London Met students, it is completely free! You can gain new skills, learn how to study more effectively and, most importantly, boost your CV, as there are certain courses that are connected to your LinkedIn. And of course, as you can tell I travel on the Tube a lot, Lynda.com offers the option to download the courses and videos so you can access them whenever, even when you are offline (aka on the Piccadilly line).

5. TopTask 

I know I’ve said for every app that you need it – but trust me, this one, go and get it now! TopTask gives students the opportunity to earn some extra money. The process to sign up with them is easy – have your CV and cover letter ready, meet them in their offices and you are ready to start. I have received so many job opportunities through them – sometimes just a job for a day but sometimes you find a company that likes your work and wants to work with you for months. There are so many opportunities and most importantly, each one of the jobs you complete, you can write on your CV and trust me, your next employee will be impressed with your skills.

I hope that these apps help you and will improve your journey at the University. Remember they are all free and will take only a few seconds to download. So, the next time you check your phone, go to your app store. One click on one of these apps is all you need and it will change your life.

"One click on one of these apps is all you need and it will change your life."

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