10 Best Mobile Apps for Managing College Stress

Best Mobile Apps For Managing College Stress

Today I am going to share with you the best mobile apps for managing college stress.  These apps will also help those who are not in college as well. Now let's get started.

Screenshot of Google Calendar Icon

Screenshot of Google Calendar Icon

  1. Google Calendar

I have mentioned Google Calendar quite a few times on this blog because it is my favorite calendar app to use across devices.  Google Calendar can help manage stress by letting you create custom calendars. For an example you could have a calendar called doctor appointments.

What I Like:

  • Manage multiple calendars

  • Integrates with IFTTT ( If this then that )

  • Manage goals ( reading, working out)

  • Free

  • Cross Platform: Android, ios, Web


What I Don’t Like:

  • Not enough colors to pick from when adding events in the app


Screenshot of bluemail icon

Screenshot of bluemail icon

    2. Blue Mail

Don’t you hate it when you have to log into your email accounts separately in different web browser tabs?  I know that I do. I currently have 6 email accounts that I manage and most of them are Gmail accounts which can be quite stressful.

Logging into each account can be stressful with many tabs open in the web browser especially when you are trying to get your homework done. Well I found an email app that supports Gmail, Aol, Yahoo, Office 365 and many others.  It’s Called Blue Mail.

What I Like:

  • Supports multiple email accounts like: Gmail, Aol, Yahoo, and Office 365

  • Built in calendar

  • Snooze emails for a later time

  • Dark theme support

  • Cross platform support: Windows (Beta) Macs (Beta) Android, ios,

What I Don’t Like:

  • It does not support push notifications for folders like the official Gmail app

  • It doesn’t backup the signature settings yet

The last thing I have to say about Blue Mail is that they are creating a backup system where it backups up all of your app data and settings to your phone number.  So eventually the signature, app settings, account settings will all backup.

screenshot of zoho notebook logo

screenshot of zoho notebook logo

3.    Zoho Notebook

When it comes to taking notes in college I like to keep all my notes in one place.  I cannot see myself for paying for a notebook app like Evernote because I don’t want to worry about taking up space.

I tried multiple note taking apps before I started college.  I tried Evernote and Onenote but nothing came close to Zoho Notebook.



What I Like:

  • Unlimited storage space (so it seems)

  • Web clipper extension for Chrome

  • Great for organizing bookmarks

  • Cross platform: Web, Windows, Mac, ios, Android



What I Don’t Like:

To be honest I don’t there is anything I don’t like about this app.

screenshot of google drive logo

screenshot of google drive logo

4.   Google Drive ( Docs, Sheets, and Slides)

As a blogger and as a student in college I write a lot.  I moved away from Microsoft Office years ago because it got super expensive.  So now I use Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. The best part about Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is that they don’t account against your Google Drive storage.

What I Like:

  • Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets don’t count in Google Drive storage space

  • Saves automatically

  • Easier to use

  • Cleaner interface

  • Doesn’t load slow

  • Cross Platform: Web, ios, and Android

What I Don’t Like:

  • I have to manually setup offline mode

  • Another way that Google stalks me

screenshot of ifttt app logo

screenshot of ifttt app logo

5.   IFTTT ( if this then that)

As a blogger IFTTT helps me automate a few things like keep track of who mentions my twitter username in Google Sheets.  I believe it could also help college students by automatically silencing their phones before class.

Here is the recipe to do that.

Screenshot of Ifttt mute phone recipe

Screenshot of Ifttt mute phone recipe

What I Like:

  • Supports a lot of different services

  • Multiple Platforms: Web, ios, and Android

  • Easy to use recipes

What I Don’t Like:

Not trying to be biased but this is another service that I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about them.

Screenshot of pocket casts app icon

Screenshot of pocket casts app icon

6.   Pocket Casts

I wish I had all the time in the world to read so many books but sometimes there is not enough time in a day.  So that’s why I like to listen podcasts to continue to learn and use my brain. My favorite podcast app is Pocket Casts.

What I Like:

  • Download podcasts automatically for offline use

  • Automatically deletes podcasts that are downloaded when you finish the downloaded episode

  • Playback buttons so if you miss anything you can scroll back to listen

  • Skip ahead button can skip the introduction of the podcast episode and or ads

  • Works across platforms: Web, Windows, Mac, ios, and Android

What I Don’t Like:

  • Was not free but it was a one-time purchase

  • You have to pay for each platform that you want to use it on

screenshot of blackboard app icon

screenshot of blackboard app icon

7.    Blackboard

One of the important parts about being a college student is know what your grade is.  That’s why I use Blackboard on my phone, tablet and windows laptop. Unfortunately it’s not the most prettiest app in the world.

What I Like:

  • Easily check my grades on the go

  • Contact your professor on the go via Email

  • Open course materials on any device

  • Works cross platform: Web, Windows, Mac, ios, and Android

What I Don’t Like:

The biggest complaint I have for this app is not having push notifications.  I don’t know if the company behind is lacking money or they never heard of push notifications.  Push notifications could be helpful to let the student know when grades have been updated, etc.

screenshot of penzu app icon

screenshot of penzu app icon

8.    Penzu Journal App

There are often times when I just need to vent either to myself or to another person.  But lately I like to use Penzu Journal app to vent on the go. Especially when I am in an annoyed mood.  If you are frustrated just turn on your CAPS LOCK!!

What I Like:

  • Free Option

  • Unlimited journal entries

  • Add pictures to your journal entries

  • Works across platforms: Web, ios, and Android

  • Can setup a password to protect your online journal (encryption not included)

What I Don’t Like:

  • No Windows 10 or Mac app

  • If you wanted encryption you have to pay for the premium version

  • Premium version is not worth the money

Journaling has helped me solve many problems in the past and if you are looking to start a journal then you should check this post How to Start Journaling for Therapy?

9.    School Apps

I noticed that most colleges have their own mobile apps.  At least mine does, this helps me stay on top of important dates on the school calendar, school events and news.  Check to see if you school has their own app and download it.

screenshot of mint budget app icon

screenshot of mint budget app icon

10.  Mint Budget

Financial issues can certainly cause stress for anyone even if they are in college.  That’s why it’s important to keep a budget. Next time before you go get a drink at the bar or go out to dinner with friends make sure you are on track with your budget for the month.


What I Like:

  • Easy to use

  • 100% free to use

  • Tracks budgets

  • Tracks bills

  • Connects to all major banks

  • Notifies about over spending, and when bills are due or coming up

  • Works across platforms: Web, ios, and Android


What I Don’t Like:

  • The interface could be much better and a little more clean looking  

Overall it’s a pretty decent app because it’s a 100% free.  In my opinion this is the best Budget app out there because they are not trying to make money off of you.  I personally steer clear from those budget apps that cost a subscription for. Because the whole point of a budget app is to help save money not spend more of it.


Conclusion:

These are the best 10 mobile apps for managing college stress that I currently use.  Some of these apps need more features like Blackboard, while some other apps need to clean up their user interface to make it look cleaner.  Using these apps helps keeps my stress at bay, unfortunately it didn’t help for my Biology class.

Back To You

If you use any apps that are not on this list please share them in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful please consider sharing some love by sharing it.