Smartphone as a Survival Tool for College Freshmen


According to an study, the most used technological tool for freshmen in college is the smartphone. The leading online education resource was able to conclude that the iPhone is the most popular gizmo, with 65% of the students using it to receive local news updates. That said, here are some effective ways to utilize your mobile phone to survive your first year.

The multitude of educational apps

First year in higher education is the survival of the fittest. In order to survive the crucial years in college, you must find the right educational tools and make the most out of them. Of Apple’s 1.5 million tools available, 10% or 150,000 apps are dedicated to the learning demographic. Utilizing these resources will come in handy, especially when adapting to the teaching style of your professor. In fact, a Nielsen report revealed that 57% of students have benefited from these mobile tools by enhancing their learning mechanism and coping with the classroom environment. This is proven by an article from Verizon Wireless News Center saying that these learning tools can transform your devices into virtual tutors. You can read the full article  on

The BYOD scheme

According to Bradford Networks, 89% of educational institutions nowadays are imposing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme. As a freshman, bringing your own handset will give you the chance to adapt to a new and more advanced style of learning. Aside from this, it will help you ease the transition from the traditional lecture-based learning in modern ways of collaboration. With the BYOD scheme, collaboration with your new classmates and teachers is easier, which is a key to a deeper engagement in today’s classroom set-up. This reiterates the main idea of the survey saying that “putting technology in the student’s hands is transforming the educational experience.”

The advent of virtual storage facilities

If you’re using an iPhone 5, staying organized through the integrated iCloud would be of great help, especially when storing course syllabus, writing homework, and term papers. In fact, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSM) said that 90% educational institutions are jumping into the cloud for class managements and discussions. One of the key advantages of this facility is affordability. This is an eco-friendly (paperless) and cost-efficient ways to survive college.

The m-learning era

The problem with classroom discussions is that you are only given a limited time. As a new student, you will need all the resources to adapt to the lesson and the university’s culture. This is where mobile learning or m-learning comes in the form of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Despite ongoing debates about this emerging trend, it has been proven to build a community of students and teachers. Through your mobile phone, you can make an extra effort to develop a dynamic relationship with your professors and classmates by extending lecture classes in a virtual environment.

With these proven tips, there’s no reason for you to drop or fail a course, as your handy device will be there to help you out. All it takes is a smart student to fully maximize the potential of a smartphone to survive the most challenging years of your life. Do you have other tips you want to share? Let us know on our comment box.




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