When I started college I was unorganized and unproductive. Since then, I have discovered several helpful apps that have made me a more efficient and organized student.
These are some of the essential apps for college students (and everyone else with a smartphone, computer, and internet connection):
1. Evernote – iOS/Android/Windows/Web – cost: free
Evernote is not your average notepad app. To begin with, it’s aesthetic design by far outshines the default iPhone notes app. Also, it’s spread across multiple platforms.
Let’s say I come up with a new idea for a blog post but don’t have my laptop with me, I can simply open up Evernote on my phone and write down my ideas and a draft for my post. Later, I can open up my laptop, log into Evernote, and the first draft of my blog will be right there. This blog post actually started as a note on Evernote.
A few more advantages of using Evernote:
- can attach files to notes
- can create voice recordings (mobile version only)
- can send notes via email or other means
- can organize notes into different notebooks based on topic
2. Chegg Flashcards – iOS/Andriod/Windows – cost: free
It is hard to keep track of notes and even harder to quiz yourself without the help of a partner. With Chegg Flashcards, you can make flashcards, organize them into folders, and quiz yourself on the material.
Although I have not used this app much this semester, it is a great way to study when you’re by yourself. Every college student should have it, or a similar app, in their arsenal.
3. Forest – iOS/Andriod/Windows – cost: $1.99
I discovered these next two apps while watching Thomas Frank’s videos on Youtube. The first is an app called Forest, which helps you stop being so distracted from and your smartphone. We often procrastinate by checking Instagram or text messages.
The first is an app called Forest, which helps you stop being so distracted from and your smartphone. We often procrastinate by checking Instagram or text messages.
With Forest, you choose an amount of time that you want to stay focused on your work. Once you allowed an amount of time a tree begins to grow. For your tree to finish growing, you must remain within the Forest app. Upon your tree completing growth, you will receive coins to buy new types trees, or you can plant an actual tree in a foreign country. But if you leave your tree will die (how dare you hurt nature!).
Forest incorporates an idea known a Gamification, which we will talk about more in a second.
4. Habitica – iOS/Andriod/Web – cost: free
Habitica has quickly become one of my favorite iPhone apps. It combines my love for RPGs with my desire to be productive.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: create an awesome video game character
Step 2: come up with some habits to build
Step 3: add some tasks to your to-do list
Step 4: earn coins by building habits and completing real-life tasks
Step 5: become the greatest and most productive hero of all time!
Habitica makes accomplishing even menial tasks enjoyable. If you’re a video game nerd like me, Habitica is your dream app.
5. Dropbox – iOS/Andriod/Windows/Web – cost: free
I used to get so tired of carrying around a flash drive. It was extremely frustrated to get to school only to realize that I left my flash drive at home and won’t be able to work on my assignment.
Dropbox has solved my flash drive woes. Much like Evernote, Dropbox functions like a Cloud, you can access your files from any computer or smartphone by logging into your Dropbox account. If you’re a college student, or anyone else that saves files on a computer, you should definitely be using Dropbox.
Have your own favorite apps? Let me know about them in the comments!