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College life is tough.
To make this time slightly easier you need a helping hand and luckily in our smart era where everything is digital, we all carry our smartphones in our hands. And, so we have assembled a list of the best apps for college students that can help them on/off campus.
I have taken the liberty of categorising these apps into a few headlines so its easy for you to sift through the list. Do note that you will still be doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to studying and learning but there are still some things that your smart device will be able to assist you with.
Evernote – (Free & Paid)
Evernote is considered to be the best app for college students, why? Well, you can gather everything that matters to you in one go. It syncs everything across all devices, you can type, draw, write and insert pictures or scans onto the note without any fuss. You can collaborate and share the notes, even go an extra mile and create slides and keep everything behind a password as well. All these gimmicks make Evernote the best digital note-taking app for everyone.
Memshare – (Free)
Memshare is a relatively new app, and it is actually super impressive. Memshare allows you to break notes into trees, which can help you organize your notes in a simple and readable way. Memshare also makes it easy to share and edit notes with others, which is great for editing and grabbing notes from a lecture you missed.
INKredible – (Free)
For those of you who still enjoy pen and paper note taking but don’t want to actually buy pen and paper, this is the app for you. As the free version of Notes Plus ($5.99), it lacks many of its unique features like PDF conversion. But if you are just looking for a stellar writing app, this one is probably the best around.
AudioNote – (Free & Paid)
If you’re like me, you are probably a super lazy note taker. For those looking to put as little effort as possible, this is the app for you. It’s simple; turn the app on, listen to the lecture, and the app will convert it to text. One and done. Worth it.
Time Management Apps
We all need to manage time at some point in our lives. College life however, demands it a lot because not only are students prone to distraction but almost all students prefer to sleep or just come up with some other delay tactic. These apps should help…
RescueTime – (Free & Paid)
This is something I really needed in college, so definitely pay attention to this one. RescueTime is great because it will block websites that will distract you. It also gives you alerts when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on each subject, and you can even see how long you’ve spent on certain actions to see how you have spent your day.
Studious – (Free)
With Studious, you won’t forget the date and time of your next test. If you are one of those who forget the submission deadlines of upcoming assignments or the schedule of your lecture classes then this app has your fix. All you have to do is feed in the information about your classes, time-table, professors, assignments and tests etc., and this awesome app will remind you about it.
iHomework is a great app that keeps a track of your assignments, grades and class schedule on calendar. You can also dive into Questia’s huge library from within the app for all your homework and research projects. The app can also fit in reminders, course information and contact information of the teachers. The only downside to this great app is that its available on Apple devices only.
EasyBib – (Free)
This app doesn’t manage time but it will definitely save you from some headache. Bibliographies are always the worst part of writing a paper, yeah? Luckily, this app is designed to make it easier for you. All you need to do is type in your source information, the format style and the citation will be generated instantly. The best part is this app is free.
Last week we posted an article on collaborative services for study groups. We won’t touch on any of those collaborative apps now but if you need an app to manage your study group then you should check that link out.
I’ll be listing some cool apps here that will help you study and get references and quick lectures from some decent sources…
BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all the graduate and professional exam study material you can handle. Sounds big eh? Well, It includes hundreds of practice questions and flashcards in almost 600 study lessons. All you need is time…
If you’re a student who uses Apple devices or simply uses iTunes a lot then you will be happy to know that you have access to iTunes U. iTunesU provides access to different educational courses from all leading universities for free! If you want to study the course material at MIT, Oxford, Yale, or Cambridge then, this is your chance to do it from your own PC.
Coursera – (Web-based & Free)
If you are looking to add a little bit more to your base of knowledge on a certain topic, this is going to be a great choice for you. We reviewed Coursera nearly a year ago if you want to know more. It’s not great for getting “quality education,” but it does well enough to make you more versed in given topics.
Wolfram Alpha ($2.99)
From European history to Lego, the Wolfram Alpha reference app can find almost any thing via its supercomputing Cloud to quickly generate answers — across thousands of domains — to all your research questions. Available on all the three famous platforms for a price, this app has rapidly become the world’s awesome source for coughing out instantaneous expert knowledge in seconds.
This app is perfect for students who study literature, history and other art subjects. CliffNotes provides summaries, plot and central theme on almost every book. There is an audio version which students can use while they go for a stroll.
Scribd – (60 Day Trial & Paid)
Scribd is great for finding resources for your research papers. With Scribd, users have unlimited access to over one million books. Perfect for research and pleasure reading. It’s like Netflix for bookworms. You get a 60-day free trial via our signup link and after this you pay only $8.99/mo if you wish to continue. The subscription gives you access to 3 ebooks and 1 audiobook each month and you can accumulate credits upto 3 months i.e. 9 ebooks and 3 audiobooks.
File Converter – (Free on iOS, $2.89 on Android)
At the end of the day, you need to convert your notes and lectures to either PDF or a word file, right? Look no further; this app can convert your notes to a simple-to-read PDF format and can also convert notes into an editable Word document as well. In fact, it can convert anything into just about anything else. Super great, especially for college students.
Okay you knew mentioning Dropbox was an inevitable choice right? There is no safer place like Dropbox to backup everything and anything. This free backup cloud service stores your data in its 2GB of allotted space (unless you buy a different plan). The app securely saves files across all devices and syncs them almost instantaneously, making it one of the best apps for college students.
And that’s a wrap! Did I miss a useful app that has come in handy in your student life? Let us know in the comments and we’ll check it out.