Students Can Leverage Technology to Have a Better College Experience
Drew Allen

Having the ability to improve teaching and learning in a number of ways, technology is now an integral part of education. It can provide new and innovative ways of engaging students in the classroom, increase student motivation and interest, and support different learning styles. Technology can also help to create a level playing field for all students, regardless of their economic background or geographic location. Students all around the world are leveraging different types of tech to have a better college experience. Are you going to college soon? Would you like to have a better college experience? Here are some of the ways that you too can leverage technology.

Technology in the Classroom

In today's world, it's hard to imagine a classroom without technology. From laptops and tablets to apps and websites, students and teachers are using tech tools to engage with content, collaborate with classmates, and access assignments from anywhere at any time. Most schools have adopted some form of one-to-one computing, which means each student has access to a device like a laptop, tablet, or Chromebook. This gives students the ability to do research online, type up essays, create presentations, and more. Even if there are problems with laptops there are backup options available within a classroom so students can still get their work done. Teachers are also using technology to keep track of student progress and engagement.

Organizational Apps

With so many demands on a college student’s time, anything that can make life more streamlined is a major plus. That’s where organizational apps come in, and there are plenty to choose from. Some of the most popular include iStudiezPro, MyStudyLife, myHomework Student Planner, Trello and Evernote. All are available for both iOS and Android devices, and they all offer free basic versions with the option to upgrade to premium accounts for more features (although most people will get by with the basic versions). Want to track assignments and deadlines? There’s an app for that! Need to keep on top of class schedules and social events? There’s an app for that! Need to have the ability to sync a number of different apps so you’re super organized in and out of the classroom? There’s an app and cloud storage and syncing for that!

Get More Funding

There are a number of ways that technology can help students get funding for their education. One way is by providing access to organizations that provide scholarships for college students. This is an easy way to check eligibility and fill out online applications. Another way that technology can help students secure funding and improve their financial status is by providing tools to help them manage their finances. There are apps that can help track expenses and budgeting, as well as calculate the cost of attending different colleges and doing different courses. This information can be invaluable when it comes to making informed decisions about where to study, what course to do and how to finance one’s education.

Communication Apps

In the fast-paced world of college, effective communication with professors and fellow students is essential. Whether you are checking in to verify deadlines or you want to ask a question on a topic that you’re struggling to grasp, being able to do so quickly and easily is key. Some colleges have their own dedicated communication system so be sure to jump on board if that’s offered to you. Being away from home can also be very isolating so it’s essential that students can contact home at the touch of a button. The best way to stay in touch is by using video chat services like Skype or FaceTime. These allow students to see and talk to their family members as if they were in the same room. Choose the right communication apps and you’ll never feel lonely or stuck. With most apps, you can also create folders and subfolders to keep your messages organized into ‘college’ life and ‘personal’ life.

Study Aids

There are many online study aids that college students can take advantage of. Take some time to look online and you’ll find flashcards and practice quizzes on any topic. Use these to introduce a fun factor into your study schedule for exams. These options are especially great for students that find it hard to learn straight from a text book.