Top 5 Alexa Skills Every Student Needs!

Written by Zach Rodgers

If you’ve never heard the name Alexa, where’ve you been hiding? She’s Amazon’s virtual personal assistant and she’s here to make your life easier. Whether you’re switching on the lights or ordering a pizza, with the right skills Alexa can do it all. All you have to do is ask her.

With so many skills, the question is where to start? We’ve got you covered with our top 5 skills for your Amazon Echo.

1. Spotify

Everyone loves Spotify. With Alexa, it just got easier to control. All you need is a Spotify premium account, which if you’re a student is only £4.99 a month.

Spotify is the leading music skill for your Alexa devices, other than Amazon Prime Music, that you can select as a default service within the Alexa app. This means that any music you ask to be played will stream from your Spotify automatically, through Alexa.

“Alexa, play ‘House Party Mix’ from Spotify”

2. Domino’s Pizza

Wish there was an easier way to order pizza? Well your prayers have been answered. With the Domino’s skill for Alexa, it’s as easy as six simple words…

“Alexa, ask Domino’s to feed me.”

This instantly requests your favourite order. All you need to do is set up an easy order account on the Domino’s website and you’re good to go. What’s more, Alexa will even track your order…

“Alexa, ask Domino’s to track my order.”

 Before you know it, you’ll be in possession of sweet, cheesy goodness. Giving you time to get on with the more important things, like binging your latest Netflix obsession.

3. Find My Phone

We’ve all been there. You’re running late to your 9:00am lecture and can’t find your phone (and the organised mess in your room just isn’t helping). With the Alexa skill ‘Find My Phone’ you’ll be able to call your phone at any time, making it easy to locate.

Just say… “Alexa, Find My Phone” And boom. Problem solved.

It doesn’t even have to be your phone. With a recent update, Find My Phone is now capable of calling friends’ and family members’ numbers in your phone.

“Alexa, ask find my phone to call Mum”

No more frantically searching around for your phone, unless you’ve left it on silent. . .

4. 7-Minute Workout

A 7-minute workout sounds a breeze. And with the Alexa skill ‘7-Minute Workout’, it couldn’t be easier. The 7-Minute Workout is a scientifically proven set of exercises designed to increase metabolism, improve energy, lower stress and remove fat.

To kick it off, simply ask “Alexa, start 7-Minute Workout” and you’ll be guided through your routine.

Even for the more unmotivated of us out there, I’d recommend the 7-Minute Workout to all the Alexa users. Not only are the exercises short and sweet but, it’s a great morning workout that’ll get you pumped for the day. Just be ready to sweat your ass off.

5. Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness. You might’ve heard the word being thrown around by the cool kids. But what does it mean? Mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations through the practice of meditation.

With the Alexa skill ‘Mindful Meditation’, the practice of daily mindfulness will alleviate stress and clear your mind. Perfect for deadlines and exam season. Mindful Meditation offers a variety of different sessions, from 3-minutes of breathing techniques to a 20-minute complete meditation.

To activate the skill, simply say “Alexa, open Mindful Meditation” then choose the meditation length you want.

These are just a few of our top picks to help make your life a little easier.

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And get an Alexa all of your own

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