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11 Apps and Gadgets for Surviving College

From discovering that an 8 a.m. lecture on a Monday is not a good idea, to figuring out which dorm serves the cheesiest slices of pizza, there are some insider college tips you’ll need to learn as you go. Fortunately, there’s some great tech that can help optimize your school experience immediately. Here are 11 must-have gadgets and apps for college.

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Photo: BenchPrep


GRE, LSAT, GMAT … all these acronyms can strike fear into a student’s heart. BenchPrep is a system built to help you hone your scores (and settle your nerves) via interactive testing, games and strategy tips. It’s like a Princeton Review course, home version.

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Clocky Alarm Clock

If you’ve ever pressed “snooze” in your sleep, you may benefit from this deceptively cute alarm clock. Press “snooze” and it jumps off your nightstand and starts whizzing around, beeping all the way until you chase it and shut it off (or your roommate forcibly wakes you).

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StudyBlue Flash Cards

If you’ve ever nursed a cramped hand after cutting up a thousand tiny flash cards, here’s a more humane method. StudyBlue lets you create your flash cards online so you can access them anywhere and quiz yourself — plus browse other students’ cards and share your own.

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Remember handheld voice recorders? This app turns your phone into a recorder (no more racing to jot notes as Professor Motormouth goes off on a tangent). Better yet, you can edit as you go, cutting out that random story about your professor’s cat.

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