If you are looking to get your life together, you have come to the right place. This page features all the tools and resources I recommend to help you to make your college and adult life so much easier.
All of these recommendations I have personally used and loved and I hope you will find them helpful to you if you try them.
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Recommendations for College
A YouTube Channel that has face-paced videos on a wide variety of topics from history, English literature, physics, and psychology. It is a great resource when you need a quick refresher. Visit Crash Course’s YouTube channel by clicking here.
Never worry about losing your files again from a sudden computer crash or accidentally spilling hot tea all over your computer (it’s happened to me). DropBox is the perfect solution to keeping all your files backed up and secure in the cloud. The personal plan lets you have 2 TB of storage, cloud syncing, and more! Click here to check out DropBox.
GRE PowerPrep Materials
If you are interested in pursuing graduate school, you will most likely be taking the GRE. The GRE is similar to the SAT/ACT, so prepping for it is a must! ETS has two tests you can take online and they have PowerPrep guides you can purchase from Amazon. Both of these tools are great to get a realistic idea of how the test questions are formatted on the real test. Click here to check out the online practice tests and click here to check out the prep guides on Amazon.
A whole library of free video and web content dedicated to helping students understand and clarify the concepts they are learning in school. They have been especially helpful when I’ve taken difficult math classes like calculus and statistics. Click here to visit their YouTube Channel and here to visit their main website.
Microsoft Office 365
As a student, you can get the entire Microsoft Office 365 suite for free when you sign-up with a .edu email address. Having Microsoft Office 365 comes in very handy when writing papers for class or needing to make a presentation for school. Another great alternative is Google Docs or Google Slides, but Microsoft Office 365 is more versatile and recognized by your professors. Click here to get Microsoft Office 365 for free.
If you have not invested in a planner yet, you need to do so now. College is 100x easier when you have a game plan in place. I don’t want to recommend a single planner because everyone’s mind works differently. I personally have used and enjoyed Google Calendar, bullet journaling using a dotted notebook, and the Lilly Pulitzer agenda.
If you haven’t heard about the Pomodoro Technique or Pomodoro Method, you need to check it out. It is a life-changing time management technique. I’m not kidding! The Pomodoro Technique has you set a timer for 25-50 minutes to focus on a single task and then you take a 5-15 minute break before working again. I have found the Forest App ($1.99) to be a great way to implement the Pomodoro Technique and keep my hands off my phone. Click here to check out the Forest.
A free all-in-one online study tool to help you learn course material from the comfort of your dorm room or on the go. You can create flashcard sets, review them online or via their mobile app, and even generate tests to help you nail down your course content. Click here to check out Quizlet.
Allows you to compare the prices of textbooks across major textbook retailers like Chegg and Amazon. Check out slugbooks by clicking here.
A website that helps you solve the math problems you are stumped on. The solver can do a wide variety of math problems from algebra to calculus. Click here to visit Symbolab.
Having good quality school supplies does not have to break the bank. Here I’ll be showing my all-time favorite school supplies for college. From binders to notebooks to pens, you’ll find it all down below. If you are interested in any of the items you can click the “Buy from” button to be taken to the item’s page on its respective retailer’s website.
Recommendations for Adulthood
A goal-oriented savings account that automates your saving by allowing you to set up rules for saving towards your money goals. For example, you can set up a rule to have 20% of your paycheck automatically saved into a Qapital goal. It makes saving money effortless! Click here to find out more about Qapital.
An app that rewards you with points in exchange for scanning in your receipt after shopping. You can accumulate points and use them to get gift cards to various retailers, like Amazon. Click here to get started with Fetch for free.
Password management app that allows you to store passwords for various websites and applications on your mobile device. The paid version lets you have unlimited passwords saved, VPN, and more. It also has a great password generator for strong passwords. Would highly recommend if you are serious about personal internet security. Check out Dashlane by clicking here.
An app that helps you earn money back just by shopping at your favorite retailers. You can scan in your receipt or connect your store loyalty card, select your rebates, and Ibotta will handle the rest. Click here to learn more about Ibotta.
Your first apartment should feel like home. And home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are my personal recommendations for making your apartment function and stylish without the West Elm price tag!