Making resolutions is a big part of the New Year, and on paper, my list of goals always seems super easy and attainable. But, over the course of the year I find myself becoming unmotivated, which means that I very rarely complete any of my resolutions. Keeping up with resolutions is a lot harder than we think, but sometimes a little help can go a long way. With so many apps out there, there’s bound to be at least one that can help you during your quest for self-fulfillment. I’ve picked 5 of my favourites (available for free in Canadian app stores) to help you with some of the most common resolutions made by students.
Resolution: Improve Your Grades
Thanks to the ups and downs of first semester, this resolution is by far the most popular with students. The one thing I’ve learned over the past few years is how valuable those small pockets of ‘wasted’ time can be, especially when it comes to studying. I’ve become a fan of studying during my commute on public transit, and Google Drive has made it easy to study without needing to lug dozens of printouts. You can save all your typed notes, lecture slides, and other documents to your Drive for quick and easy access to everything on your devices. The best part, and the main reason I chose this app, is that you can make your files available offline, so you don’t have to worry about a lack of Internet access interfering with your goal of getting that A average.
Resolution: Save More, Spend Less
Ryerson is in the heart of Downtown Toronto, literally steps away from pretty much every store and food establishment imaginable. This means that managing your money is crucial to surviving on a student budget, and the Mint app makes the task a lot easier. You can view your bank account, credit card bills, and other bank statements all on this one app. You can also organize budgets to help you keep track of your spending and get smart money saving tips for future use. Security is a big factor to consider when it comes to an app like this, but because Mint was created by the same makers of the popular online TurboTax program, you can rest assured that your information will be safe.
Resolution: Workout Regularly
Did you know that your Ryerson tuition covers your gym membership? That means access to the Ryerson Athletic Centre and the Mattamy Athletic Centre throughout the school year. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t start using our gyms until this school year, but now that I’ve found my groove and am hoping to continue in the new year, the Ryerson Athletics Mobile App is going to be my new friend. It provides you with all the latest news and updates on both gyms, like operating hours, fitness class schedules, information on intramurals, pool availability, and more. Basically, you won’t have any more excuses not to work out.
Resolution: Learn Something New
Whether you’re trying to pick up a language or revisit your high school French skills, Duolingo is a great learning tool. The app provides you with fun activities at various levels of difficulty to help you learn a new language. There are tons of practice tools including matching activities, exercises to help you develop your pronunciation, and you can even try your hand at an actual conversation with the app’s online Bots. Plus, the app sends you daily reminders to encourage you to practice a little every day, so you can overcome the post-New Year slump that often sets resolutions back.
Resolution: Read More
I was a huge bookworm growing up, as in ‘finished reading an entire book in one day’ type of bookworm. But with school, work, student groups, and figuring out my post-university plans, I haven’t been able to read as much as I used to. I know a lot of students who feel the same way, so if your resolution is to get back into reading, the Goodreads app is a huge help. The app is like your own digital bookshelf with tons of cool features. You can see book reviews from other users, get recommendations based on your favourite titles/genres, see what your friends are reading, and make ‘to read’ lists to remember the titles you plan to read next. You may find your new favourite book with the help of this app!
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