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Top 6 Apps You Need to Download for Academic Success

Whether you're looking for study help, a planner, or a way to organize weekly assignments, there's an app for that. But these seven are some of the best!

College can get a little overwhelming at times. But lucky for us living in the 21st century, we have the beauty of the smartphone. There are some really amazing apps to help you stay on track when things get crazy around mid-semester. Whether you’re looking for study help, a homework planner, or a way to keep track of everything you need to get done in the next week, there are so many apps there to help.

1. Flashcards+ by Chegg

Chegg is one of the most useful resources when it comes to buying and renting textbooks. But they also have a flashcard app to help you stay organized and study for big tests. Flashcards+ by Chegg lets you create custom decks for whatever test or class you’re studying for, or you can use one of their pre-made decks! 

2. Microsoft To-Do

If you’re someone who thrives on organizing your days with lists and feels an extreme amount of satisfaction by checking things off, Microsoft To Do is a great app to get you through your week. It shows you your days, gives you intelligent suggestions, and notifies you when things are overdue. It’s a great way to stay organized and keep your stress levels down. You can download it for free from the Apple Store, Google Play, or Microsoft Store.

3. EverNote

Another great app for organization is EverNote. This is sort of a one-stop shop for tracking your tasks and materials: You can make to-do lists, write notes, take pictures, save PDFs, save links from online—everything. This app even allows you to sync all the information on it across all your devices so you never have to worry about losing your study notes or that great website you were using for research, and you can access it easily from anywhere. There’s also a sharing feature that allows you to easily send information for group projects and presentations. You can also download this for free from the Apple Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft Store.

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4. myHomework Student Planner

For anyone who gets easily overwhelmed trying to remember all the homework due for all your classes, myHomework Student Planner is the app for you. You can color code by class and specify your due dates, as well as manage a calendar to see what’s due in the coming weeks. It has a simple interface that’s really student friendly. This app will save you from the anxiety of the moment when your professor goes to collect homework that you forgot was due. 

5. Class Timetable

Class Timetable is another extremely easy-to-use app that helps you keep track of your homework and tasks for the week ahead. It’s color coded, has a simple swipeable feature to show you what’s coming up for the week, and can show you your month-long calendar. It’s perfect for planning your homework, group projects, and your dreaded finals week. 

6. Google Drive

This one should be a given: Google Drive is one of the most helpful systems I’ve ever used. You can share your documents and presentations, comment and make changes simultaneously with anyone else involved in a project,  and be assured that your work is saved as you go with the autosave feature, keeping you from having to periodically press the save button and risk forgetting. I highly recommend downloading the app to your phone, as it’s extremely helpful to have on hand.

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With so much technology at our fingertips, it would be silly not to utilize them to make your life easier. As a student, you have a lot to keep track of, and having everything organized and easily accessible from your phone will make you feel a lot less stressed about all your responsibilities. Mix and match some of the apps on this list and others to find the tools that work best for your schedule and workload. 

If you're big on tech and using apps to organize your life, we've got plenty more where these came from! Check out Over 20 Apps to Help You Get Through Tough Finals This Semester

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About Kelsey Sullivan

Kelsey Sullivan is an editorial assistant at a children's book publisher in New York City and a graduate of Fairfield University. Go Stags!


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