Us students can be hooked on our phones at the best of times, and we do get a bad reputation for it. Who’s to say there aren’t some fantastic uses though? What if I said I had 15 apps that could improve all different aspects of student life? Being hooked on your phone wouldn’t be so bad then…
Here are 15 apps that every student needs to download:
The Structured App will allow you to clearly schedule in your tasks of the day and help to break tasks down visually, making them feel more approachable. Enabling reminders as well as access to your calendar will allow this app to keep you on track with your timeline version of a to-do list. My favourite part of this app, is that it tells you how long you have until your next task, and how visually engaging it is.
The Structured app is free.
Emphasis – Focus Timer
This app embraces the Pomodoro technique to workflow and is brilliant for those who procrastinate or struggle with time management when working. The minimalistic design encourages you to take short breaks within your working sessions, which is a method that is found to achieve greater results. I use the free version of the app, but the full version allows you to track your days, seeing which were better than others, as well as customising the aesthetic.
The Emphasis app is free but the full version is £21.99 billed annually working out to £1.83 per month.
Notion is the ultimate all-in-one workspace where you can collaborate and organise your entire life. Used with the simile of a Lego structure, the Notion app is described as the building blocks to get work done. You can also sync your app with Mac, Windows and Browsers making it accessible on multiple platforms. Described as ‘life-changing’ by users, this one is definitely worth a try.
The Notion app is free but the pro-versions range from $4-$8 per month.
Alarmy is labelled as “the world’s most annoying alarm app,” which I know, it’s not selling it, but Alarmy will literally force you out of bed. Alarmy will help you wake up quickly and easily with it’s free alarm features such as ‘photo mission’ where you have to go and take a picture of a registered place, which could be the front door or the sink for example, as well as ‘maths mission’ and ‘memory mission’. Alarmy is one of the highest-rated alarm clock apps in the world. Personally, I use the ‘photo mission’ alarm and the photo is my kitchen light switch- that way, I’m practically already at the kettle, so I may as well pop it on!
The Alarmy app is free, but additional features can be brought, starting at $3.49.
Daylio is a self-care bullet journal where you can set goals and track your moods without typing endlessly. On Daylio, you pick your mood if the day as well as what activities you did and from there, the app displays the data with stats, charts and correlations. The app also allows you to create daily, weekly or monthly goals to work towards and pushes motivation. The app allows you to share your statistics with friends making it super fun and easy to use. My favourite thing about Daylio is how visually engaging it is.
Daylio is free, but the premium version starts at $2.99.
Now, many of us know about UniDays, but it holds a worthy place on this lost. For those who aren’t familiar with UniDays, this app allows you to get exclusive student discounts from some of the biggest brands, from Nike to ASOS. The discounts range from food to technology and it has never been easier to save a little bit of extra money. Some of the discounts are low, such as 10%, but this could make all the difference when buying a new laptop, or when you’re doing your Christmas shopping.
The UniDays app is free to use and download and exclusive for students.
CamScanner scans paper documents into clear sharp images/ PDF’s which are ready to be emailed, printed or saved to the cloud. With over 400 million users, CamScanner allows you to convert documents into Word format also, making it perfect for revision! You can also use the app to sign contracts with an E-signature as well as make annotations or watermarks. The app encourages collaborative work, as documents can be shared with different registrants, being perfect for a long-distance group project.
CamScanner is free, but the premium version starts at $4.99 per month.
Evernote is one of the most successful apps out there, and has huge benefits for students too. Evernote allows users to create notes which are stored in notebooks, and can be searched, given attachments, exported etc. The notes created can use audio clippings, text, drawings, photographs or saved web content, make it fitted to your own needs and preferences. Evernote is cross-platform, making your notes accessible on different devices.
The Evernote app is free, but premium accounts started at £4.99 per month.
Similar to CamScanner, we have Microsoft’s Office Lens. Office Lens works similarly to an extent, with the pocket tool specialising in scanning in documents, but what sets it apart is the diagram scanning. This app can have diagrams that are hand-drawn and still scan them in accurately. Office Lens allows you to convert any content into your preferred formats such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, or OneDrive.
The Office Lens app is free.
Quizlet is such a great app for revision and something I always refer back to when I have an exam. On the app, you can create your own flashcards, or use some made by other students on the app. You can also be tested on your revision with varying methods such as racing against the clock, test and write as well as tick box quizzes and memory games. My favourite thing about Quizlet is that I really don’t feel like I am missing out by using the free version, and I can easily revise on the go.
The Quizlet app is free, but offers in-app purchases starting at $35.99.
bSafe is a personal safety app that aims for everyone to feel safe and secure when walking. The app uses various techniques from an emergency SOS button to a fake phone call, to help you stay safe in dangerous situations. The SOS button can be activated through touch or voice and when it is, your guardians will receive your location and can start to track you. The guardians will be able to see and hear everything in real-time with the live streaming technology. As well as this, your device will automatically start to record both audio and video and these files will be sent to your guardian’s phone.
The bSafe app is free, but for premium features, costs start at £0.49 per week.
Monzo is a bank, entirely ran within an app. With over 4 million users, Mozo has created a bank that is visually engaging with greater visibility and control of your spending. You can allocate money into pots, such as rent or savings, as well as budget from particular shops or spending categories and round up all your extra pennies to go into your various pots, to help you save without realising. The app runs you through how much you’ve spent each month, broken down into categories such as groceries, finances and transport. Monzo is a great app for students to understand their own spending habits and how to budget.
The Monzo app is free, and you can open a full UK bank account from your phone, for free also. No catch!
SoundNote is a brilliant app for long lectures! The app allows you to take notes or draw diagrams whilst recording audio, so you won’t miss a thing. For example, if you happen to fall asleep, all you do is click the last word you wrote, and the audio with play from that point onwards. SoundNote is also super useful for journalists, and you can share your notes and recordings via email or transfer them straight to your Mac or PC.
The SoundNote costs £4.99 in a one-off payment when downloading.
Whether your writing up an essay or dropping your professor a quick email, you want to effortlessly avoid grammatical errors. Grammarly provides real-time writing feedback, taking your writing to the next level. From spelling/punctuation checkers to recommending less wordy sentences, this app will change your writing forever. Grammarly can also be used as a chrome extension on laptops/computers and trust me, you’ll never look back!
The app is free and you can use their free service, or pay for premium, starting at $29.99 per month.
The final app on this list is Citymapper and is great if you moved city for university, or even in and around your hometown. Citymapper only works in certain significant cities, so alternatives are available. The app allows you to instantly compare your travel options in real-time and navigate the city using different routes depending on your mode of transport. The app aims to find the best route, providing you with step-by-step directions whilst working with local transport companies such as train lines and taxis for alternative travel suggestions.
The Citymapper is free to use but you can join the Citymapper club for as low as £2.99.