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Last Updated on January 21, 2018

25 Apps College Students Shouldn’t Live Without

25 Apps College Students Shouldn’t Live Without

The truth of our modern times is that you probably won’t find a student who does not use innovative gadgets today. It is also true that students use different mobile applications not only for entertainment, but for studying as well. Both Apple and Android provide dozens of programs and apps for college students that can be very informative and useful if you want to keep up with the times and boost your studying process. Every student probably knows plenty of applications that fit his or her needs most, but there are still some mobile “helpers” no student should live without. We are here to tell you about 25 of them.

1. Any.do

Millions of people use Any.Do to organize their tasks. This application is perfect for students who need to create a to-do list. It also synchronize all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere. Add new entries to the list with the help of touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks.

You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it. The Any.Do widget can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access.

    2. Inbox by Gmail

    Do you often have troubles with your email? Is it frustrating to control your inbox because it lacks features? Then it’s high time to download Inbox to your mobile device and forget about all these problems at once.

    Built in with different features allowing you to see bundles of similar emails, check off or snooze your reminders from calendar, Inbox allows you to have things done instantly and also get back to old tasks at anytime.

      3. Dropbox

      No college student will be afraid of losing his notes or coursework anymore! Thanks to Dropbox, you have a chance to upload different files (documents, photos, videos) in the cloud and get them online whenever you need, even if you forget your phone at home. The only thing needed to access your files is an Internet connection.

      Store your files in Dropbox, and share them with friends without any fear of losing important and useful data.

        4. Feed.ly

        College students always want to know everything and keep their eyes on the ball, but it may be quite difficult to do because of constant deadlines, part-time jobs, overdue essays, exams, etc. Feed.ly is here to help you deal with this problem. This is one of the best RSS aggregators. It lets you consolidate all news into one feed. Just check the news you would like to receive, and get notifications every time something interesting appears. Nothing could be easier, huh?

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          5. Scribd

          Welcome to the world’s biggest library online! Scribd helps students find millions of different documents and books that are important for your studies. All those data are shared by people from all over the world, and you can easily curate and organize them according to their topic.

          Create your own library with different notes, texts, and books that you need. Share them with your friends, and find all the information with Scribd.

            6. CliffsNotes

            This one is perfect for those students who study literature and write papers on things they’ve read. CliffsNotes will provide you with information about every character, plot, or theme, as well as summaries of every book you read. The audio version is available here, so you can listen to all this info during walks or work to get ready for literature tests.

              7. Mathway

              Oh yes, your math homework or tests may be quite challenging. It is so easy to stuck trying to find the right answer. Try Mathway—the mobile application that will guide you step-by-step while you search for algebra, geometry, or any other math solution. Enter your task into the application, and check if your solution is the same with one offered.

                8. iTunes U

                If you’re a student who uses Apple devices, you will be happy to know that you have access to iTunes U, which gives you access to different educational courses from all leading universities for free! Did you dream of studying at MIT, Oxford, Yale, or Cambridge? This is your chance to do it from your own place: download this amazing app, and learn various subjects from the best colleges and universities in the world.

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                  9. EasyBib

                  What is the most difficult stage of essay writing? The majority of college students would probably say: creating a list of citations (do not forget that you have to know MLA or APA style to format it). If you are one of these students, EasyBib is the right app for you to download. Just enter a book’s title and get the right citation! All you have to do is copy this citation into your bibliography.

                    10. Studious

                    How often do you forget about the date and time of your test? Do you always know the deadline of your homework, the time of your next lecture, and the subject of your next class? Thanks to Studious, this problem will be solved once and forever. All you need to do is to enter all information about your class, time, professor, location, etc., and this cool application will remind you about it just in time!

                      11. Dictionary.com

                      This is the perfect application for words enthusiasts and everyone who has to read many books on different topics, where you might come across some tricky words. Dictionary.com makes it easy to find the definition of every word you are not sure about. One small bonus for those students who like spying on their classmates: this application allows them see what words people around are them looking for.

                        12. The Oxford Dictionary

                        This is one more application for your mobile device that will help you understand English words better. It’s easy and quick to use: just enter the needed word into the app, and get its detailed definition at once. Rare words, both with British and American variants, audio pronunciations, all new words—all this will help you understand the English language better, even if it is your native one.

                          13. SelfControl

                          College students are so easily distracted from the studying process! They can’t live without social networks, they always need to check new photos of their friends on Facebook, or share their mood with the world during a lecture. To avoid such distractions, the SelfControl application has been created: it blocks certain websites that can distract you from studying, and it does it for a set amount of time. So, when a lecture is finished, you are welcome to come back to your fave websites again!

                            14. TED

                            All the famous and most fascinating people are in your phone now! High-quality videos of different conferences from all over the world are waiting for you in TED—an application that has all business experts, educators, computer geniuses, music legends, and many other interesting people in it. Open your mind to something new!

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                              15. RealCalc Scientific Calculator

                              The name of this application itself perfectly describes its features and functions. If you are a math student, and you always need a calculator to solve equations quickly, you are welcome to download RealCalc Scientific Calculator. Now you will never be afraid of forgetting your calculator at home (well, you can still forget your phone, but anyway).

                                16. JumpCut

                                How often do you use copy and paste buttons while writing your essay for example? Some students simply add a couple of their own thoughts to that copied material, and here it is—a new essay! Sound familiar? Then JumpCut is your savior here: this application saves you a lot of time, giving you access to all texts that you have copied and pasted before, even if a new text has been copied by you again since then.

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                                  17. Chegg

                                  When a new semester comes, and you have to buy many new textbooks to continue your study, do not be in a hurry to sell your soul and spend all your money. Download Chegg, a free application which lets you find rentals of textbooks you need! Just search for a book, and if they have it, put in an order. And when you no longer need a textbook, you can easily rent it again via Chegg. Easy to use and useful to try.

                                    18. Google Drive

                                    Being a college student in 2014 means having a large number of Google Docs (and big chances are, that this number will be much bigger than you could even imagine). It’s logical, that you will need access to all these documents from everywhere; so, the best decision here would be Google Drive application for your mobile device.

                                      19. Viber

                                      If you study far away from home, Viber will be your best helper to connect with your family and friends. Free talks and calls let you stay in touch with close people, share all news, photos and videos with them, and feel their presence even when they are not in the same city with you.

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                                        20. Duolingo

                                        If you are one of those lucky students who study foreign languages, then you definitely need Duolingo, the application that will help you learn new words, get ready for tests and exams, and complete various tasks to improve your knowledge. It is free to download, and it is available for all users of Apple and Android devices.

                                          21. Snap2PDF

                                          What could be better than converting any file into a PDF with a single click? College students will definitely like Snap2PDF application which is very useful, though easy to use: just take a picture of a need text, and then convert this picture into a PDF file. Simple like that!

                                            22. Clear

                                            How many to-do lists do you have in college? One for essays, another one for exams, the third one for parties… So, why not synchronize them all in order to get access from anywhere? Choose Clear for this goal, an application which syncs all your to-do lists with other devices and makes it easier for you to open them wherever you can find Internet access.

                                              23. Venmo

                                              Venmo is a free application that links your device with your bank account to make it easier for you to pay back money without having to deal with cash. With its help, you can share your payments with friends, collect money from people who owe it to you, pay your bills, and much more.

                                                24. Lemon Wallet

                                                How many times did you lose your wallet in campus? While you are thinking, we are ready to represent you Lemon Wallet, an application that will help you avoid this unpleasant situation, or find your lost wallet quickly at least. Lemon Wallet brings you an access to identity theft protection, and it will become your most convenient mobile wallet ever.

                                                  25. Mint.com

                                                  College students often have problems with money. And even if you have enough savings, they always tend to disappear. Do not let this happen, and download Mint.com to control your budget and see what your money is usually spent on. Who knows? Maybe you will become more responsible.

                                                    Do you have all these cool apps for college students in your mobile device already? Or maybe you can name any other useful applications we’ve forgotten to mention about.

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                                                    18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                                    18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                                    No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                                                    If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                                                    But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

                                                    Let’s dive straight into the list…

                                                    1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                                                      If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                                                      Download Rescue Time

                                                      2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                                                        If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                                                        Download Remember the Milk

                                                        3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                                                          This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                                                          Download Focus Booster

                                                          4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                                                            This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                                                            Download Toggl

                                                            5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                                                              There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                                                              Download Dropbox

                                                              6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                                                                Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                                                                Download Evernote

                                                                7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                                                                  Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                                                                  Download Mind42

                                                                  8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                                                                    This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                                                                    Download SnycBackFree

                                                                    9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                                                      Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                                                      Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                                                      10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                                                        This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                                                        Download 1Password

                                                                        11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                                                          When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                                                          Download Pocket

                                                                          12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                                                            This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                                                            Download [email protected]

                                                                            13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                                                              This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                                                              Download Launchy

                                                                              14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                                                                This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                                                Download Forest

                                                                                15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                                                                  This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                                                                  Download Trello

                                                                                  16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                                                                    Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                                                                    Download Wunderlist

                                                                                    17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                                                      This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                                                      Download Time Tree

                                                                                      18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                                                        Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                                                        Download Todoist

                                                                                        The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

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