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Popular apps perfect for students

Staying on top of all your to-dos, errands, tasks and due dates can get complicated but luckily there is an app for everything! If you’re looking for app to wake you up in a morning, manage your priorities or soothe your anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of all the top apps that students are using:

Organisation

Productivity

Note taking

Sleeping

Mental health and self care

Health and fitness

Finance

Hope this helps! x

I was recently listening to the “Hello Internet” podcast, hosted by YouTube video creators CGPGrey and Brady Haran. On this podcast, one of the hosts, CGPGrey, spoke about a to-do list which he created, on which he has a list of tasks he would like to complete on a “perfect day”.

I decided I would create my own version, and list the tasks I would like to complete in order to have a fully productive day. This is my list.

I created my list using an application called “Todoist”, which is an application that is available on all of the platforms I utilise, i.e. Windows, iPhone and iPad. 

I love this application, because the Todoist team send you a weekly summary of your productivity, which is great inspiration to get things done!

hey guys!! i wanted to do a post of my favorite study apps + websites cause i’ve found some really helpful ones and i wanted to share them!!

for learning

  • duolingo!! (it’s awesome for learning languages!!)
  • albert (has tons of questions/lessons on major lit books and sat/act and also every ap subject!! basically what saved my ass in ap human geog)
  • quizlet (p self explanatory but it’s a hella good flashcard app/website)
  • dictionary (also self explanatory but they have a cool app too!!) 
  • this periodic table windows app is a GODSEND
  • crash course (honestly what can i say it’s a lifesaver)
  • khan academy (also the best thing- more videos + practice problems/questions for almost any subjects + sat prep!!)
  • learn latin + greek roots!

for planning + time management!

  • todoist (p basic task app but it’s awesome and simple and free for the basic version and i use it a lot!)
  • plan (awesome scheduling app/website and it’s awesome for time sensitive stuff!!)
  • google calendar (syncs with ur email, can share, etc)
  • streaks (haven’t used it but i’ve heard it’s good? pricey tho)
  • proud (kinda pricey but looks nice!!)
  • forest (gr8 for staying on task and stuff)
  • pomodrone (a pomodoro timer that is rly simple + minimalistic!!)
  • my study life (a chrome app that’s a coolio school planner!!)
  • sunrise calendar (has a v pretty design and integrates with google calendar!)
  • any.do aka a lists + tasks app

notes + writing!

  • google docs (kinda self explanatory? but theres an app for it and it’s rly nice for on the go stuff)
  • evernote (haven’t used it but i’ve heard it’s gr8!!)
  • paper (nice for simple notetaking)
  • onenote by microsoft!! i just started using it and i love it omg!
  • here’s a collection of minimalist writing platforms!
  • hemingway to check essays + stuff!!!

everything else schoolish??

  • onesafe (keeps passwords 4 u in one spot!! for ios and maybe android, but there are other apps out there)
  • star walk (is a bit pricey but it’s beautiful and the graphics are gorgeous and it’s such a stunning app)
  • put ur post it notes into digital format!
  • pulse is a gr8 and minimalistic metronome app
  • grammarly is like spell check on steroids and is super helpful!!
  • canva is an easy and rly awesome beginner graphic design site!
  • dafont has tons of free fonts!
  • write rhymes like a bamf
  • easybib which saved my ass every time i had to cite sources in mla
  • dropbox + google drive + google photos are the best for online storage + backup!
  • free resume creator!!
  • bunches of science songs!

music + ambient noise!

health stuff

  • stop breathe + think (has awesome lil meditations, get cute badges and it’s great for beginners!)
  • clue (for uterus-wielders this is a v clean and simple (and not pink) app for period tracking)
  • waterlogged water tracker!
  • vent (kinda a social network for feelings?? it’s like twitter kinda but with every post you pick a mood that you’re feeling and then you can rant/vent abt it, v nice community)
  • sleep cycle (nice for waking u up + tracking ur sleep
  • sleepyti.me (bedtime calculator!! super important omg)
  • plant nanny water tracker pt 2
  • earth mode extension calculates ur computer energy usage and then plants trees!!

dress up ur tech

games + distractions

xo, bridget

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Here’s a compiled list of apps that is useful for school and everyday life. 

Note-taking

Paid apps:

  • Notability ($4.98 fav!)  
  • Goodnotes ($8.98 best for handwritten notes)
  • Noteshelf ($5.99)
  • Writepad ($7.99)

Free apps:

  • Evernote (fav!)
  • Keynote
  • Penultimate
  • Paper by 53
  • Bamboo Paper
  • Pages (iOS only)
  • Papyrus (Android only)
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Onenote
  • Simplenote
  • Somnote (100MB of free cloud storage for every account)
  • Catch Notes

Calendars

Paid apps:

  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone ($4.99)
  • Calendars 5 ($6.99)
  • Agenda Calendar 4 ($2.58)
  • Clear ($4.99 only for iOS)

Free apps:

  • CalenMob (fav!)
  • Cal 
  • Google Calendar
  • Sunrise Calendar
  • Tempo
  • Horizon Calendar
  • SolCalendar (Android only)
  • WAVE

Clock/ Time Tracker

  • Forest: Stay Focused, Stop Phubbing (fav fav fav fav fav)
  • Day Box (countdown app) 
  • ColorClock
  • Fiqlo ($1.28)
  • Rise ($1.99)
  • Timely Alarm Clock
  • My Alarm Clock Free
  • Alarmy
  • Wake Alarm Clock

To-Do Lists

Paid apps:

  • Carrot ($1.99)
  • Todoist ($30/yr)

Free apps:

  • Any.Do
  • Google Keep (Android only)
  • Wunderlist

Flashcards

Paid apps:

  • Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99)

Free apps:

  • Evernote Peek
  • AnkiApp
  • Flashcardlet
  • STUDYBLUE
  • Flashcards +
  • Flashcards+ by Chegg
  • Cram
  • Quizlet

Languages

Free apps:

  • Memrise (fav!)
  • Duolingo
  • AnkiApp
  • Busuu
  • Google Translate
  • Dictionary Online 

SATs

Paid apps:

  • SAT Vocab Challenge for iPhone ($5)
  • SAT Connect ($9.99 for Apple, marked down from $24.99 :O )
  • Adapster (math- $9.99 on Apple)
  • Kaplan Portable SAT ($5.99)

Free apps:

  • SAT Up (fav!)
  • The Official SAT Question of the Day (Collegeboard!)
  • SAT Prep & College Search
  • SAT Vocab by Mindsnacks
  • IntelliVocab lite
  • Princeton Review’s SAT Score Quest for iPad
  • Kaplan SAT Flashcubes (free)
  • Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab ($1 Android, free on Apple)
  • ACT/SAT Math Booster (Free, Android)
  • SAT Challenge By The Princeton Review
  • English Vocabulary Flashcards Exambusters

Study Guides

  • iTunesU 
  • CliffsNotes Study Guides
  • Khan Academy

Music

  • Spotify (fav!)
  • 8tracks
  • Soundcloud
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • Vevo
  • iHeartRadio
  • Tidal
  • Shazam
  • Garageband
  • Sound Trap
  • Songza
  • Rdio
  • Youtube

Videos

  • BrainPOP Featured Movie
  • VideoScience
  • Khan Academy
  • TED Talks
  • Youtube

News

  • Yahoo News Digest (fav!)
  • The New York Times
  • NYT Now
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • Al Jazeera English
  • Circa News
  • AP Mobile
  • Flipboard
  • Google Currents
  • Buzzfeed
  • Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later
  • reddit AMA - Ask Me Anything
  • Digg

Books

  • iBooks
  • Scribd ($8.99/mo)
  • Kindle
  • Kobo
  • Google Play Books
  • Nook
  • Ebook Reader
  • Wattpad (contrary to popular opinions, there are many great books)

Relaxation/ Stress Relief

Workout:

  • Nike + Running (fav!)
  • Workout Trainer
  • Runtastic Six Pack Abs
  • FitStar
  • Runtastic Six Pack Abs
  • Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App

Random:

  • Earthlapse ($0.99)
  • Sing! Karaoke by Smule
  • Yoga Relax
  • iBonsai
  • Zen Bound
  • Sheep Counter
  • White Noise
  • Just Rain

Games to stimulate your mind:

  • 1010!
  • 2048
  • Tsum Tsum
  • Blek

I have not tried most of the paid apps, please download at your own discretion :)

youtube

Some of my favorite productivity & organization apps! Inspired by this video from Rosianna and Sanne.

I love to-to lists and personal finance and other boring stuff that. Love it! 

I’ve linked the sites I mentioned below, but there were also a couple more that didn’t make the cut:

Feedly

You let me keep tabs on all of my favorite blog and news sites, without the finger-exhausting task of clicking on each of those blogs in a bookmarks folder on my browser. You gather them in one place and make them into a nice, long list–with pictures!

Evernote

You help me add items to my shopping list from any device, and you hold an entire notebook’s worth of my jumbled ideas for future blogs. Unfortunately you’re a little scary and I still don’t quite understand the best use case for you. But you’re really great at making all of my little notes and wonderings searchable!

Wunderlist

How I loved thee, once. You helped me keep my school assignments and personal life obligations in order. But then you were too buggy. I bet you’ve fixed those issues now but i’ve moved on to ToDoist and it’s too late. I hope you’ll understand.

Sites I mentioned in the video:

Inbox. Todoist. Splitwise. Mint.

MY FAVORITE HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY APPS

Duolingo - great resource for learning languages (currently using to learn French). It’s really useful, but the website version is even better. There you can ask questions, join discussions and find notes and dictionary.

Calm - beautiful meditation app. There you can choose a type and duration of meditation. Also there is the 7 days program of learning the basics of mindfulness meditation.

Todoist - the best to-do list app for me. Works great with David Allen’s GTD method (look this method up, if you are aspiring to stress-free productivity). Highly recommend!

Pillow is an app for tracking your sleep cycles. Tried to use different apps, but this is my favorite. It has very lovely interface. Very convenient for me.

Coach.me! Guys, this is A THING! You have to know about my obsession over it. This is the best habit tracking app, in my opinion. You join a community of other people who try to build a habit. There you can track your friends’ progress, get a cute motivational quote of the day, find a coach, ask any interesting question, join challenges, etc. I like the social aspect of Coach.me very much.

I hope you find this post informative. Stay productive and motivated!

Moving away from my bullet journal

Around the time I started this blog, in January 2015, I also started using a bullet journal. I had caught the studyblr fever and I was ready to go all in. It worked well for me for around a year, but when I got a new phone and new computer, I realized it wasn’t functional anymore. I’m going to address my transition to other organization methods here! 

What I Liked About My Bullet Journal

  • Having due dates and events separate from everyday tasks. 
  • Being able to write down random things, like a book I wanted to read or a question to ask a teacher. 
  • The physical action of writing in my bullet journal. And sort of just the idea of having one and posting photos of it? 

Honestly, the majority of the reasons I wanted to keep my journal going was for aesthetic and studyblr look of having one. 

Problems With My Bullet Journal

  • It was a hassle to get it out of my bag every time something popped in to my head or was announced in class, especially when I was already on my laptop.
  • I would only use one type of pen, which just added a new layer of difficulty. 
  • Moving events around was hard and messy. 
  • I didn’t want to carry it around in my purse, so when I was out with friends or volunteering or basically anything except school, I never had it. 
  • I had been using it for over a year and it was almost empty. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but I felt like I wasn’t using it that much. 

When you have homework and tasks every single day, its great. But I can remember small things like “put away laundry” without writing it down and in most of my classes, there isn’t a ton of homework besides working on projects and essays – again, something I don’t need to write down. I found that I was using one page a month and spending 30 minutes just writing out headings for something I wasn’t even using. 

What I Did to Transition Away

First of all, I looked at what I needed: a place for due dates and events, a place for to-do school tasks, and a place for my quick to-dos and shopping list.

Due Dates and Events 

I started by using Google Calendar, which I’m not going to describe because there are separate posts about that and they would explain it better anyways. In my Google Calendar, I put all of my due dates and events. And even better, in syncs to my iPhone so I get reminders!! And I can put things in my Google Calendar from the regular calendar app which is amazing. That way I am never out of the loop. Here’s a pic of my calendar: 

I love that you can add colours to different events. I also set some events as all day even if they aren’t, because it makes them pop. Another added bonus is that you can get a Google Chrome extension which is like a quick view of your upcoming events, so you don’t have to open the full app. Exactly what I loved about my bullet journal but so much more convenient. 

School To-Dos

For this, I wanted to keep it all on my laptop because that is where I do most of my school work. So, I chose to use the built in to-do app that is found in the Momentum extension for Google Chrome. It is really simple and looks beautiful, and since it opens whenever there is a new tab, it is a constant reminder to get started on homework. 

Also, if you don’t use momentum, there is a really good Chrome extension called todoist that I love! 

Personal To-Dos and Shopping List

For this, I just decided to use the built in iPhone reminders app. You can create multiple lists within that one app, it doesn’t use up extra storage, and it is honestly amazing. The app is easy to use and really aesthetically pleasing. You can choose fun colours for this too! Using my iPhone for this is miles better than using a bullet journal! 

I don’t want to push people away from using bullet journals if that is what works for them. But I think that sometimes there is too much emphasis put oh having a bullet journal in this community. I just wanted everyone to know that there is a way to have all the benefits of a bullet journal with less of the hassles. 

I have tried out many alternatives (because for some reasons I have an obsession with apps) and here are the ones that I actually recommend / I am using right now:

Todoist Now Supports Dropbox and Google Drive Attachments

My personal task management tool is Todoist: I like it’s flexibility and ease of tagging. 

The company behind Todoist is Doist, and they’ve announced availability of Dropbox and Google Drive attachments on Todoist tasks.

Below you see a task, opened to see the ‘back’ where the notes and attachments are shown. You can see the file attachment box now supports more than the drag&drop method previously supported.

Below you see my Dropbox, and attaching the file works as you’d imagine.

The sharing works in the obvious way: once I share the file with a co-worker via Todoist, they will be able to see the file.