Jan   2018



Top 7 Apps for Academic Success

Freelance Writer
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2018

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. You can create custom decks for whatever test or class you’re studying for, or you can use one of their already-created decks! Download for free from the Apple Store.

2. Microsoft To-Do

If you’re someone who thrives on organizing with lists and feel an extreme amount of satisfaction by checking things off, this is a great app to get you through your week. It shows you your individual 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 at bay. Download for free from the Apple Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft Store.

3. EverNote

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

4. Docs To Go

With Docs To Go, you can save, view, and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF files all in one app. This is a really helpful app when you’re in a bind and not able to get to a computer. You can do just about everything you can do on a computer to your files, which can help get you out of some tough situations as a student. Download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.

5. 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 mini-heart attacks when your professor goes to collect homework that you forgot was due. Download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.

6. Class Timetable

This is another extremely easy-to-use app that helps you to 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. Download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.

7. Google Drive

Finally—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 the project,  and be assured that your work is saved as you go without periodically having to press the save button. I highly recommend downloading the app to your phone, as it’s extremely helpful to have on hand. Download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Are there any other apps you use to help with school? Let us know in the comments!

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About Kelsey Sullivan

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


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