10 super useful apps for students


Apps can help you organize your life so well, and as a student, staying organized is the key to success. Here are some handy apps for students, from to-do lists to time tracking to splitting up how much your pizza costs.

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A great way to integrate your to-do list with your calendar, you can use Any.do to create your grocery lists, personal to-do lists and more! It’ll ask you when you want to do those things and immediately integrate them with your calendar. Of course, you could just use Google Calendar, but sometimes setting up tasks is a little clunky, and this app streamlines it all. It syncs across all devices easily and gives you the reminders you need!

A neat app for time tracking, Clockify is great for freelancers, teams working from home, and general productivity. You can make your hours billable and start a timer if you’re working on a project or, if you just want to improve your productivity, you can use it to see how much time you’re spending on each project.

Not everyone has a scanner at home; Adobe Scan is a great way to scan your documents, files and anything else you need right from your phone. It can detect the edge of documents from a picture and format it to look like it was scanned into your computer.

Google Drive – and all related apps under the Google Drive umbrella- is necessary nowadays. It’s a great way to organize group projects; you can keep all articles you’ve found, all documents you’ve written, slideshows you’ve made and anything else you need all in one place. You can use it to organize your whole life and never worry about losing your work.

An easy app to have around to check in with your grammar, spelling and general tone. It only works on the web, so don’t expect it to check your Word documents, but if you’re using Google Docs, you’re set. The one feature that sets it apart from other spell-check services is the tone checker, which is excellent when sending emails!

Trello is an excellent app for keeping track of what work has been done and what still needs to be done, especially in group settings. It acts as a to-do list with virtual sticky notes at the most basic level. You can assign tasks to people, and they can move them to the “Done” list when they’re finished, so you know exactly where your group is at. Beyond this primary function, there are many more uses and tons of templates for you to use to get your brain going!

If you have trouble staying focused, this is the app for you! Sometimes you need to sit and study for a while, but your phone is just too tempting. Enter Forest, an app where you can’t touch your phone because it’s planting a tree! It takes 30 minutes to grow a tree, so staying focused for a full 30 minutes rewards you with a beautiful tree. You can use it on your phone or your browser as well, and add websites to your block list that you can’t open or else your tree will die!

Tip: use it at dinner to make sure you’re staying present with your friends.

First of all, libraries are great. Go grab a library card from the Vancouver Public Library and get access to books, audiobooks, games, and more! Libby is a great app to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from VPL easily. Of course, VPL also has an app that is useful to see what’s available and check on your hold and such, but the interface is a little outdated and buggy.

Sometimes you just need to know when the bus is coming! The Transit App gives you updated bus schedules to see when your next bus is coming or the fastest transit route available. It’s great because it works in so many different places, so if you’re travelling, you don’t have to worry that it’s specific to Vancouver.

Splitwise is a handy app for anyone who hates asking people to pay you back. Have you ever paid for dinner for your house only to have no one give you money back? This app allows you to put in the total amount you’ve paid and split it up with people. Or, if you cover someone when they forget their wallet, you can just throw in the total amount for them to pay you back. It helps you keep track of what people owe you and feels just a little bit less awkward. However, you’ll still need to remind them if they don’t look at the app!

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