10 Online Tools Every First Year Uni Student Needs In 2019

There are a million apps and websites on the market for university students and they all talk big game, but what services are students actually finding useful? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite apps and websites.

1. For collaboration: Facebook

Although it’s not as cool as it used to be, Facebook is still the number one way students collaborate with each other. There are thousands of university Facebook groups with everything from your current classes for note sharing and news, to societies to cross-university meme groups like Student Problems (our favourite).

if you’re worried about getting distracted by the endless Facebook newsfeed, there are plenty of tools to block out the social side (like this one).

2. For document writing: G-Suite

Microsoft Office is definitely the default and most reliable document creation tool but it can’t beat the simplicity and accessibility of Google’s G-Suite. Microsoft can often be free while you’re at uni (check your university website for this) however G-Suite will be free for life.

It only takes a few clicks to share and collaborate on documents with your friends. Some groups even use it to take lecture notes simultaneously. One major downside of G-Suite is that without Internet it is completely useless so make sure you set up offline access to important docs.

3. For graphic design: Canva

If you haven’t heard of Canva yet, get on it and let your friends wonder why all your documents, images, graphics and invites look ten times cooler than theirs.

With a suite of easy-to-use tools and thousands of amazing templates (both free and paid), Canva makes a graphic designer out of all of us. Canva are also an Australian start-up, go us!

4. For finding your way around: Lost on Campus

If it’s your first year at uni you’ll probably spend a ridiculous amount of time looking confused on campus. Most universities have their own mobile app maps but for those Uni’s who don’t, your best option is an app called Lost on Campus.

5. For file sharing: Google Drive

Let’s face it, over the course of a university degree you’re going to have thousands of documents and files. There are a lot of file storage sites with the same functionality but Google Drive consistently outperforms the rest.

We recommend developing a disciplined folder structure from your first semester, trust us, by fourth year you’ll be so grateful you did.

6. For writing skills: Grammarly

Suck a grammar? More of a math person? As a former engineering student I totally hear you. Grammarly is your key to not embarrassing yourself. Grammarly takes off where spell check ends. It checks over your documents, messages and posts, all the while helping you develop your writing skills as you go.

7. For music: Spotify

If you’re someone who loves working to music or white noise Spotify is your best friend. There are so many beautifully curated playlists out there specifically for university students. At Vygo we love the Beast Mode playlist for pumping out solid hours of focussed work.

There aren’t many apps we would recommend purchasing the premium version of but Spotify is definitely one of them. Pro tip—buy a family account and share the cost between friends.

8. For mindfulness: Smiling Mind

Mindfulness, along with a good night’s sleep, is one of the best ways to maximise your brain’s performance. Smiling Mind is a free mobile app with guided mindfulness sessions ranging from two to 30 minutes. We recommend trying to fit in at least 10 minutes of mindfulness every morning before class.

9. For class help: Vygo

What sort of article would this be without a shameful plug for ourselves, Vygo! In all honesty though, it’s our mission at Vygo to deliver the best tutoring marketplace for university students. Vygo helps university students connect with peers who have aced their exact classes at a price that’s actually affordable for a student budget.

With a student drop-out rate 30 per cent, a $15 investment in sitting down with a past student who has succeeded in your class, with your lecturer and your exams is invaluable and much better than paying $1,000 to retake a failed course. Also, if you succeed in your classes you can earn income by being a Vygo tutor yourself.

10. For making some quick cash: Airtasker

If you need to pick some extra $$ quickly, Airtasker may be one of your best options. With Airtasker people post odd jobs they need help with and people bid for the work. Jobs could range from handing out flyers, painting a fence or setting up Ikea furniture, all the way to picking up a Gatorade for a hungover neighbour.

If you have any apps or websites that you absolutely love, and think we should add to this list, please send them through to us via social media! #vygo #uniapps

Search for tutors who have aced your exact class using the Vygo app.


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