As college gets rolling across the world, you’re probably eyeing the stack of books and the pile of homework you ought to be doing: we say “ought”, because obviously reading this excludes you from being productive.
But don’t worry! We won’t tell your mother. And while you’re here, why don’t we share the Top 10 Study Break Apps for iOS, that way you get the absolute most out of each and every book break.
Our list of the Top 10 Study Break Apps does have a little to do with your school work but it’s mostly about keeping your sanity during the year.
If it sounds like a square deal, then go ahead and follow below the break for our full rundown
Stand Up!: (iPhone, iPad, Free) You might have expected that we’d start you off with Angry Birds, or some other kind of arcade game.
And we will—eventually! But before we tuck into the fun stuff, you’ll want to grab this guy here. Stand Up! is the best possible way to both ensure you’re taking breaks, and that they’re at the appropriate times.
The app lets you set a sitting timer, which will go off when you’ve been sat for too long. Just get up, move about, and then return.
It will reset everything, and you’re right back to studying. Now tell us that isn’t utterly useful!
Candy Crush Saga: (iPhone, iPad, Free) That being said, obviously you’re going to want to download Candy Crush.
If you haven’t heard of the immensely popular series of arcade games, we’d very much like to know what mountain you’ve been hiding on.
If you’re familiar, than you know what’s in stock.
Download it now, and use those perfectly timed 5 to 10 minutes levels to have a quick, brain-probing arcade break.
9Gag: (iPhone, iPad, Free) Along the same line of logic, why not take a moment to have a good laugh at some (usually innocuous) humor?
9Gag is one of the most popular humor sites on the Net, and short of getting out to catch five minutes of a comedy act, it’s about as good as it gets.
Scrolling through the site on your phone also prevents you from lingering too long, as you might with a service like YouTube.
AllRecipes: (iPhone, iPad, Free) As a hungry college student, you should also attempt to eat—at least every now and then.
However, we understand that making quality food takes time, skill and effort.
Given that those are things you’re likely short on, use the incredible AllRecipes app to get the job done.
Simply boot it up, spin the wheel of chance, and the app will hand you a fully functional recipe in seconds.
With so many healthy and diet-specific options to choose from, we imagine you’ll be very happy.
Rare Candy: (iPhone, $1.99) Want to make sure you actually eat every day?
Or better still, need to make sure you’re studying at all? Rare Candy can help.
The app attempts to “gamify” your existence, turning everything you to into an actionable moment. It has been noted that it takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to achieve mastery of any skill.
That may or may not be true but one thing we’re certain of, if you are intent on getting better at something you’d better practice it on a regular basis.
This well-designed and easy-to-use app will help you stay on track to reach your goals.
Learn new habits, get rid of bad ones, and become the best college student ever!
Hulu: (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Free) We’ve had a couple of serious options in a row now, so let’s turn to something decidedly less so.
When you’re eager to take a slightly longer break (say 30 minutes or so) tuck into the joy that is Hulu.
It’s our favorite streaming service, beating out even Netflix. You can even use your nifty Apple Watch to control playback. Now how cool is that?
With lots of fresh shows to watch, new episodes often, and a whole lot more to keep you engaged, including past seasons of many of your favorties, there’s no reason not to have it tucked away on your iPhone or iPad.
Stop, Breath & Think: (iPhone, iPad, Free) If you’d like to do something completely different, give Stop, Breath & Think a go.
The app is meant to be your personal guide to meditation, and it will even work within the time and skill constraints you arrived with.
Only have five minutes to try some mediation?
The app will compensate, while you still get a blissful break away from the books.
FitStar Yoga: (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Free) Not into meditation?
Well, you Westerner you, how about trying FitStar Yoga instead?
The app behaves similarly, offering classes that can be set to a specific time limit, or muscle group.
So if you really want to get that six pack going before spring break, but have to study for finals, this is your guy.
Spend ten minutes with one of its rigorous classes, and we promise you’ll be a buff, zen master in no time.
Robinhood: (iPhone, Apple Watch, Free) Our favorite out of the list, Robinhood helps you turn those small study breaks into profitable time spent on your phone.
The app is a full-service stock broker, allowing you to place, sell and monitor stocks from your iPhone.
It’s quick, easy and absolutely gorgeous. But what makes it college appropriate?
The fact that it comes with zero commission. Yes, you heard that right!
You can put $5 in today, and then watch that chunk of quarters turn into something more.
Now, if that doesn’t have you salivating, then just think about all of the Dominos pizzas it will buy you! Invest wisely, and your breaks can turn you into Warren Buffett.
SnapChat: (iPhone, Free) Lastly, you’ll probably want to keep up with your friends and family, even when you’re neck-deep in books and papers.
To help, go ahead and grab this endlessly popular, basically ubiquitous app from the App Store.
If you aren’t already a user, here’s why SnapChat is better than texting for your breaks: it features small chunks of video and photo; it can easily be viewed and managed in only a few minutes; and it keeps you right and tight with your besties. Seriously, just do it.
The app is completely free, and as far as we can tell, is the best possible means of communication for your five to ten minute reprieves.
Top 10 Study Break Apps for iOS Published by TheiPhoneAppReview.com