10 student apps that will make your life easier

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(Last updated on: 11/10/2021)

Student apps have changed the lives of many students around the world. Life got a lot easier with the development of apps that help us to manage our finances, note taking, referencing and cooking, to name just a few. If you are just starting out on your student journey or you are a seasoned student that wants some new technology in your life, then you will love these 10 student apps…

The most helpful apps for students 

When it comes to the most helpful student apps, there are a lot to choose from. Making your life easier during your studies is a necessity! This is especially true for undergraduates – it means you can find extra time to enjoy your newfound student lifestyle. While being a student isn’t all about partying, socialising, picking up new hobbies and so on, this is an important part of the overall experience. Many students are away from home for the first time, finding their feet in a new city or even a new country. There are a lot of challenges that come with this.

And, of course, you then throw in the actual studying side of things. You’re focusing your studies on one area, something you’re passionate about, something that will hopefully help to put you on a pathway to your dream career. It’s overwhelming, and it will likely be a much more difficult level of education than you’re used to.

If you’re a postgraduate student, going after your master’s qualification or PhD, you are likely to have a much busier lifestyle as it is. Many people study for postgraduate qualifications alongside part-time or even full tie jobs. They generally don’t have as much of a ‘typical’ student lifestyle. That’s not to say PhD students don’t like to party, but they generally have a lot more work to do alongside jobs, families, homes and more.

So, every student does what they can to make things a bit simpler. This is why I’ve put together a list of the most helpful student apps, which you can find below. They cover many aspects of student life and education, and will hopefully make your studies a whole lot easier!

Hear more about these ten fantastic app in this video!

Best organisation app for students: Evernote

Evernote is a great app to help with note taking.

First on the list of the most helpful student apps is Evernote. This is a completely free app (and as we all know, students are all about saving money) that runs on both iOS and Android. If you love to take notes in lectures, which to be fair you probably should, then Evernote is a must. It allows you to take notes on any device, and then access them on any other device. When your notes are saved, you can use the search function to find any notes you’ve made about, for example, aviation laws. Some people prefer to handwrite notes. That’s completely fine – simply allow Evernote access to your camera, snap a photo of your handwritten notes and upload to the app. If your handwriting is clear enough, the aforementioned search function works for handwritten notes too.

Best management app for students: Trello

Get organised with Trello.

This is a fantastic app used by students, companies, freelancers – you name it. The free version is all you should need as a student, too. It allows you to create boards – so you could have one board per module, say, and each board can have multiple lists. You could have an overall list with everything you’ll need to do in the semester for that module, and then a separate list for each assignment and so on. You can add cards to these lists, and within the cards you can add tags, due dates and checklists. And you can even share your boards with other users, which is ideal for group projects. In terms of keeping organised, this is a fantastic app for students and one which you can use on desktop too!

Best drinking game app for students: Picolo

Many students enjoy using Picolo on a night out.

There had to be at least one app in this list that’s all about fun. Picolo is a drinking game app, which allows you to enter everyone’s names and receive instructions in return. This means you’re not tasked with remembering the rules of any games after a bottle of wine – not to mention that so many games have different rules depending on where you come from! Available on iOS and Android, this is a great app for making friends during Freshers Week… Get your housemates or dorm buddies together, play some tunes and have a blast. Needless to say this is one of the most popular student apps!

Best referencing app for students: EasyBib

EasyBib helps to lighten the load when it comes to referencing.

As a student, you’re going to *have to* reference your work. You’ll need to create a list of citations (known as a bibliography) at the end of your essay, portfolio, dissertation, thesis and so on. This is a massively important part of any assignment. It is likely you won’t have done so at school, or at least not much – referencing is new to a lot of university students.

Learn more about how to reference (and get better grades!) in this video.

And the thing is, it doesn’t particularly get easier. Even at PhD level, many people struggle with referencing or at least find it incredibly boring. Everyone will tell you to do it as you go, rather than leaving it until your essay is complete – and this is great advice. But with EasyBib, it becomes even easier. All you need to do is select your referencing style, enter the name of the book, and voila! You have a citation ready to copy and paste into your bibliography. 

Best productivity app for students: Forest

The Forest App is great for increasing productivity.

There are a few different apps that allow you to lock your phone in order to focus on your studies. Forest is a cute one because a little digital plant grows inside the app during the time you have specified that you don’t want to be using your phone. If you open an app that you’ve told Forest you don’t want to use, you’ll get a notification saying your plant will die. Nobody wants that! Sometimes all we need is a little nudge to get back to what we’re doing, which is why this works so well. It’s free on Android (with ads) or $1.99 on iOs. You also get a token to spend which plants a real tree. Helping the environment AND your studies? A definite winner for me.

Best PDF app for students: Scan2PDF

You no longer need to buy an actual scanner with the Scan2PDF app!

Need something as a PDF but only have a physical copy? No problem – just open Scan2PDF, take a photo and there you go. It’s yours, as a PDF, ready to download/upload/send and so on. It’s $1.99 and has plenty of great features, plus it’s available on both iOS and Android.

Best banking app for students: Monzo

Monzo makes banking easy!

As mentioned, saving money is key among students no matter what level you’re studying at. Everyone needs to save money, and there are a lot of ways to do so. One of the most well-known apps in the money world right now is Monzo. It allows you to set a monthly budget, keep track of where you’re spending money/what on and also set money aside for specific purposes like rent, fun, study materials and more. This is one of the most helpful student apps for those looking to save money or at least control their spending. It is also a really easy way to send money to friends or housemates, should you need to!

Best cooking app for students: BigOven

Can’t cook? No problem with the BigOven app!

If you are living away from home for the first time, or you’ve just never really worked out how to cook *brilliantly*, BigOven is the one for you. It has plenty of great recipes on it but one feature sets it apart from the generic recipe apps (and books, and websites…) that you’ve seen before. The leftovers option! Tell the app what leftovers you’ve got lying around when you are due to do a food shop, and it will tell you what you can make from these ingredients. Food waste is terrible for the planet and bad for your bank balance too, so as a student this is a super useful option that you should definitely make the most of. 

Best trancription app for students: Gboard

Gboard helps to take notes when you can’t write/type fast enough!

Okay, back to actual study apps. Gboard (the Google keyboard) is a great way to record your notes. Simply start talking, and it will convert whatever you say into digital text. It isn’t actually a dedicated dictation tool, but has everything you need to do just that as well as a whole host of other features and tools. Dictation is something you’ll find very helpful when writing a dissertation or thesis if you are interviewing people as part of your research. Gboard is free and available on both Android and iOS. It even works alongside Google Translate!

Best time management app for students: MyStudyLife

Organise your schedule with MyStudyLife.

Last but not least in this list of the most helpful student apps is MyStudyLife. Free and available on both iOS and Android, this is great for keeping your schedule together. Create a timetable for all of your lectures, seminars, study sessions, meetings and so on – and set it to repeat as often as you want. If your schedule changes on a biweekly basis, for example, you can have two timetables with each running every other week. You can add tasks and to-do lists too, and the app works offline. This means it is *perfect* for those pesky lecture theatres on campus that are in the really old buildings with no signal…

The best student apps

So there we have it, my recommended student apps. These are the 10 apps that every student should have, helpful for adjusting to life without mum there to cook your dinner, to going out partying with your friends, and most important of all- getting your studies done!

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  1. Buddhika Kodithuwakku

    Very valuable. Thanks.


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