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12 apps every student should have

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As the most digitally native generation, teenagers today have access to an abundant amount of resources from their phones. There’s an app for everything! So here’s our list of the most essential applications for students. 

  1. ThinkDirty

There are excessive amounts of chemicals and harmful materials in the household, personal care and beauty products we use every day like shampoo, lotions and detergents. ThinkDirty lets you research and provides users’ ratings of the quality of different products on a scale from 0 to 10 (0 being the least healthy and 10 being the healthiest). The app also provides recommendations of nontoxic products, making it a must-have.

  1. Etsy

Etsy is an app that functions as a global online marketplace. It allows individuals to sell their hand-made products, and so users can find everything from simple crochets to vintage items and masks to custom apparel. You’ll want to purchase everything!

  1. Google Drive

You’ll never realize you need Google Drive until it’s 11 PM and you just realized you didn’t do anything important. I have done math problems, science lab analysis and French homework at grocery stores using the Google Drive app. You can edit documents, sheets and presentations and submit them through Google Assignments. It’s a nice commodity for last-minute schoolwork. 

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  1. Clue

Clue is an app that tracks your menstrual cycle and symptoms and supplies pattern analysis. There are plenty of situations in which you need to know the timing of your cycle such as in doctors’ offices or for certain x-rays. Clue remembers all that important information for you. The Plus version also gives exclusive health tips from gynecology experts.

  1. Dictionary.com 

It’s time to stop using the words like “like” or “literally” all the time. This app is a regular dictionary, but it becomes very useful when you are in the middle of a group conversation and someone says a word you don’t understand. Also, Dictionary.com is useful for trying to sound sophisticated when writing essays and searching for synonyms. Lastly, it has a “word of the day” section that helps you expand your vocabulary.

  1. Star Walk

Star Walk is a stargazing app that lets you locate and identify more than 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the night sky. The app provides detailed information such as the current location of asteroids, satellites, dwarf planets and gives you reminders for upcoming celestial events. It’s a must-have for astronomy enthusiasts. 

  1. Forest

Staying productive this year is of the utmost importance for students, and that’s where Forest comes in. Forest is a productivity app that helps you stay present, focused and off your phone. When you log in, add a task and select a time to finish it. A timer runs down and a virtual tree or shrub grows. If users click out of the app, the tree dies. All these trees become part of a long-term forest you can grow.

  1. SleepScore 

For many students, it’s difficult to establish good sleeping habits during the school year. What better way to fix your sleep schedule than with an app? SleepScore uses sonar technology to measure sleep habits from your nightstand. By syncing with Apple Watches, the app analyzes and scores your sleep patterns. It also measures light and noise levels in a bedroom to determine the optimal conditions for sleep. 

  1. Any.do

Students lead very busy lives, dealing with classes, extracurriculars, sports, work, SAT prep and more. Any.do helps you to stay organized and get work done. You can organize your tasks, lists, reminders and calendar in one easy-to-use app. Any.do also syncs seamlessly across all your devices.

  1. Mint

Mint is a budgeting app that allows you to track your spending. You can also connect your credit card, loans and potential investments. As young adults just starting our personal credit portfolio in the next couple of years, it’s important to structure your finances correctly early on. 

  1. Kindle

If you prefer to carry a paperback book everywhere, then great. But if you don’t, then you should download Kindle. All the books you buy through Amazon are available to read directly on your phone on the Kindle app. It’s the ideal app for book readers who need to finish that chapter immediately and want to read everywhere they go. 

  1. Student News Source

There are many events that happen in school or the county that one is always eager to learn more about. By the students and for the students. That’s exactly what The Pitch is all about, and now it’s available as an app. To easily access The Pitch’s newest stories from your phone, download the Student News Source app and add Walter Johnson High School.

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