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College Prep Apps: The Mobile Apps College Bound Students and Parents Need Now

Want to get a head start on your college preparation this summer? There’s an app for that! Staying on track and organized is crucial for success in the college admissions process, and there are a plethora of smartphone and tablet apps available to aid students and parents in preparing for the college application season senior year.

College prep is about more than just deciding where to apply and what to write your application essays about. Preparing for the college admissions process includes earning good grades, taking the right courses, performing well on the SAT or ACT, and exploring your interests through school work, outside reading, and extracurricular activities, among other things. There are a variety of tools out there to help students manage the college admissions process, and many can be held right in the palm of your hand.

Here are some great college prep apps to help parents and students stay informed and organized for the college application process.

YouVisit
The college visit is one of the most important parts of the college search and prep process. However, it’s not always possible to get there and see the campus right away. This is where an app like YouVisit comes in. Students can tour a number of colleges including Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Northeastern, and more, without leaving the house! Some tours even offer a virtual guide with audio and text information about each stop. Tours also include maps, additional photos, videos, and more. Want to take it up a notch? YouVisit also offers virtual reality tours for those who have access to virtual reality headsets!

Scholarships.com
Students preparing for college should consider fit – academic, personal, and financial – when deciding where to apply and ultimately enroll. For some families, the financial aspect is a major component of the decision-making process, but many overlook the availability of different scholarships when evaluating the cost of college. The Scholarships.com app is a great tool to help students discover additional scholarship money that they may not have considered. Students can input their information including GPA, test scores, areas of interest, and more, in order to filter through the thousands of scholarships the app curates and apply to those that best fit their needs. This app is frequently updated with new information and scholarships, so students aren’t applying to unavailable or closed scholarships.

inClass
Ditch your paper planner and keep all your classes, assignments, and notes organized and easily accessible right in your phone with the inClass app. This app allows students to input their classes, class schedules, assignments, deadlines, and more in order to plan, prioritize, and stay on track to get great grades during the school year. Students are also able to take notes within the app including audio recordings, videos, and photos. Of course, students should make sure their teachers are okay with them using this app in class before taking notes with the additional features. If teachers don’t allow it, students can still use it to transcribe their own notes at home for review before tests. This is a great app to help students manage their assignments and organize material in a way that will be most efficient, allowing for academic success.

Google Drive
Keep all your application materials, timelines, worksheets, essays, and more in one place. With Google Drive, it’s easy for students to store Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, and more in a single spot that’s easily accessible from multiple devices. Especially with more colleges releasing course catalogs and admissions brochures in a digital format, this is an easy place to store all those files that are easily lost on a desktop. Create folders for each school and share essays with counselors and teachers who can make any edits directly to the document. This will make staying organized simple and hassle-free.

Naviance
Many high school students have access to Naviance, which helps college-bound seniors research colleges and prepare for the admissions process. This useful tool is now portable, with an impressive smartphone app that allows students to access their accounts wherever they go. Naviance has become a prominent tool in college advising, and the app makes it even easier for students and parents to stay on track for the college admissions process.

Coursera
At IvyWise we stress the importance of identifying and exploring interests in order for students to select the right major and college for their needs and goals. One way to do this is by taking courses on subjects of interest, whether it’s STEM, art, music, or pop culture. The rise of MOOCs has made this easier for high school students to do, and through the Coursera app, students can find courses they’re interested in and take them right from their phones! Many courses are self-paced, allowing students to start and stop as their schedules allow. The app includes video lectures, course outlines, supplemental materials, and more. In addition to helping students develop their interests, Coursera’s app also aids the admissions and college preparation process by offering the University of Pennsylvania’s “Applying to US Universities” course, which aims to help guide international students through the basics of the US admissions process.

Applying to college can be overwhelming even with the ease of technology and college prep tools. Need a little extra help managing it all? Contact us today for more information on our college counseling programs. Whether you’re just starting high school or about to enter your senior year, we have a program that can fit your needs and goals.

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