Preparing for college is no easy task – for both parents and students! Kids, we realize the amount of stress you’re enduring at this phase in your life. It’s a busy time, but there’s also so much to look forward to. And parents, one of the toughest challenges is figuring out where to even start.
Although college preparation might sometimes seem like a unique situation for homeschooling families, it’s really no different for non-homeschoolers. You just need the right resources to stay active and informed.
Last month, we blogged about the best apps for keeping homeschool routines organized. Teens, we understand how important organization is to your success. While balancing academics and extracurricular activities every day, how do you find time to keep up with college applications and SAT prep?
The answer is simple. Don’t stress over not having enough hours in the day. Stay up-to-speed with your smartphone or tablet! There are countless apps out there geared toward helping students prepare for college. From SAT prep, to campus visits, scholarship applications, and even finding a part-time job. All of these areas and much more can be accessed on-the-go and at any time.
Check out the 10 great apps we found below. We believe these apps will best accompany both teens and parents during the college application process. All but one are free, but virtually every topic of discussion you can imagine is highlighted:
- SnagAJob.comWith professional job searching sites such as LinkedIn, Simply Hired, and Indeed, circling the job market now seems increasingly difficult to find part-time hourly work for teens who aren’t ready for full-time jobs. With SnagAJob, teens are offered a free and easy-to-use app that allows users to create a profile and search for hourly job openings in their area. Part-time work can definitely help save some money to pay for school, and build a resume for after college!
- SAT ChallengePrinceton Review’s SAT Vocab Challenge offers a game-like format for SAT prep. The app consists of four rounds of gaming that cover SAT vocabulary words through antonym, synonym, connotation, and definition quizzes. As students begin to master the SAT vocabulary words and answer questions faster, they are able to earn more points.
- Tutor.com To GoSome teens just need help with school work in general. After all, it’s not easy balancing everything else high school has to throw at you these days. This app is perfect because it connects students with expert tutors for real-time help in math, science, social studies, and English. Students can save and review past tutoring sessions, assignments, and even photos of homework problems. And, tutors also help provide additional resources absolutely free at any time!
- Scholarship AdvisorStudent Advisor’s app, Scholarship Advisor, makes it easier for students to find scholarships for college. Students can browse handpicked lists on topics including academic, athletic, healthcare, military, and more. Students are also able to stay organized as important scholarship dates and deadlines are listed on the app’s feed.
- SAT Question of the DayCreated by the College Board, the SAT Question of the Day app provides real SAT questions and SAT preparation materials from the test maker. With the question of the day app students can prepare for the SAT by simply setting aside a few seconds each day!
- College ConfidentialDo you want to know what college is really like? College Confidential allows students to read and interact with other users on topics like financial aid, campus life, test preparation, and more. Students are able to check inboxes, search topics, and exchange private messages with other members. Providing access to millions of posts from students, parents, and experts in 700+ forums, students will be able to find quick answers to all of their college-bound questions.
- Quad2QuadQuad2Quad’s mobile app takes the hassle out of college visit planning. Quad2Quad acts as a virtual travel assistant for students as it collects the most important and valuable information from each college campus and organizes it for users. So skip the trouble of visiting college campuses in person, and save money with this free app!
- AdapsterAn app that is exclusive to SAT math prep, Adapster allows students to take quizzes and tests on example SAT prep questions. As the name implies, the app will adapt the user’s test results and create new questions based off of the student’s existing knowledge!
- GiveGabWhile it is important to maintain good grades when trying to impress colleges and universities, it is equally important to make sure you are volunteering throughout the community! GiveGab allows volunteers to build a profile and search for specific nonprofits or opportunities based on their interests!
- All College Application EssaysAll College Application Essays allows users to view a database of over 600 college and university application essay requirements including due dates, word count requirements, number of teacher recommendations, and other required documentation. The app also includes links to college websites and tips for the admissions process, all for a low price.
Preparing for college is a journey in itself. Teens, make the most of this exciting experience and embrace the benefits of the resources listed above. And parents, some of these apps can be useful for keeping you engaged and informed as well.
Do you find these apps useful? Give us your feedback in a comment below. And if you know of any other great apps or resources, please let us know!