Considering that Apple launched the App Store 12 years ago, the majority of Generation Z, the age range of today’s college students, has likely never owned a mobile device without apps. Out of the now millions to choose from–2.6 million Android offerings and 2.2 million on iOS–according to Business of Apps’ 2019 count, surely there are a few that make staying on track with your studies and organized a little easier. Here are our picks for the top apps for college students.
The 8 Best Apps for Students
The best apps for students can help with time management and classroom support. We hope one (or more) of our favorites becomes your go-to app, too.
1. My Study Life
Available in iOS, Android, Windows 8, and on the web, My Study Life is a free mobile application that allows students to finally and fully move on from their paper planner. My Study Life makes it easy for students to organize their class schedules, exam times, study sessions, and more.
2. AnkiMobile Flashcards
Flashcards are a powerful learning tool. The paper-based flashcard model of yore was useful, but AnkiMobile Flashcards brings the idea to the 21st century. This digital version of a time-tested study method can help students with:
- Memorizing names and faces of faculty, students and new people everywhere
- Learning a new language
- Studying for medical, law and CPA exams
- Mastering a long poem for recitation
- Practicing music lessons
- And more
AnkiMobile is available on iOS for a fee and on Android devices for free.
Citing research references is an essential part of the college experience. EasyBib does the hard work for students who are diligently working to share how they have formed and expressed their ideas for a project. The app includes various citation styles, including Chicago, MLA and APA. EasyBib also features a plagiarism and grammar checker to ensure all work is original before submitting it.
The basic version of the app is free for iOS and Android users, but there are subscriptions available.
This app takes note-taking to the next level. Evernote gives you the freedom and functionality to:
- Draft to-do lists
- Brainstorm project ideas
- Take photos and screen captures of pages and sketches
- Organize everything into a notebook format
- Share and collaborate with a group
- Search handwritten content
Evernote offers a free version for iOS, Android and the web with basic features. For an additional fee, students can enjoy more features and greater functionality.
5. Google Drive
Google Drive has become a classic and popular application for students. Google Cloud storage offers students ample storage space for projects with the added benefit of making it possible for students to access projects across various devices using their Google Drive account. Google Drive also makes it easy for students to collaborate, sharing Google documents for a group project between their accounts.
Literature, particularly the classics, often features layers of complexity that offer unique challenges to students. LitCharts, developed by the original editors of the classic paper-based literature guides called SparkNotes, provides students side-by-side summaries, analysis and themes to famous works. This completely free app for Android and iOS helps students understand nearly anything on their current reading list without suffering through in-app ads.
7. RealCalc Scientific Calculator
For students pursuing a career in mathematics and sciences—or students who can’t avoid a few courses in math—a calculator app is essential. RealCalc allows students to skip buying a stand-alone scientific calculator to use this free Android app. Students can perform all computations on their mobile device, which operates just like the real thing. Even better, students can take screen captures of calculations and work completed to review at a later date.
The number of accounts and passwords a student uses can become challenging to manage. Students never need to worry about forgetting a password again. Students can safely store all their passwords in one spot, generate unique new passwords for all accounts and use the application’s secure mobile wallet for storage. Dashlane offers free and paid subscriptions for Android and iOS.
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