Productivity Apps for College Students

Productivity Apps for College Students
Productivity Apps for College Students

University life is hectic for students. Balance in personal, academic, and social lives are required to dodge burning yourself out.We live in a digital age where smartphones and tablets can serve as an all-in-one resource in accomplishing multiple tasks. Having productivity applications can make your student life easier, and in this post, we list the best productivity tools for university students.


Cite This For Me for Bibliography Building

Cite This For Me
It takes less than a minute to generate references with Cite This For Me

Cite This For Me‘s easy-to-use app helps you create correct references in more than 7,000 styles to make sure your bibliography is written in the required format. Create projects, annotate web pages, and add quotes from books and journals to make one of the worst parts of a research paper quick and painless. You can even scan book and journal barcodes with your phone to have them added to your list. If you’re working on a team project, you can invite team members to collaborate on your group work or research projects from any device.


RescueTime for Optimizing Your Time

Find your time leaks with RescueTime

f you’ve ever been stuck wondering “where do all the hours in the day go?” RescueTime will help you figure it out. This app tracks your computer, phone, and internet usage, and shows you a dashboard of where your time is going. To get started, just download the app to your device.

RescueTime also offers a blocking feature that stops you from going to certain websites for a given duration so that you can stay focused on your most important work. You can turn this on whenever you need to concentrate on something specific—even if you’re tempted to procrastinate, RescueTime will prevent it.


Google Docs for Access Everywhere

Google Docs
Sharing notes is easy when everyone has a Google account

Google Docs comes free with every Google account, and who doesn’t have a Gmail account? Plus, with Google Chrome, you can run Docs offline in your browser. That means even when you’re in a class without an internet connection, you can still take notes and have Google sync them with your account once you’re connected again.

Google Docs also shines when it comes to collaboration, letting you share notes with others in a few clicks. You can then edit, comment, and suggest changes with classmates. It’s perfect for when you need to collaborate on a project, but can’t all be in the same place all the time.


Evernote and OneNote for Note Organization

Add images, text, and more in OneNote. Image via Microsoft Office

Evernote and OneNote are apps designed specifically for note taking. If you’re a long-time Microsoft Office user, you should find yourself comfortable in OneNote. But for Google Docs advocates like myself, Evernote might feel more familiar—it’s the app I’m in for at least 10 hours each week, so I’ll focus on it here.

Evernote lets you create “notes,” which could be text, pictures, voice messages, videos, PDFs, and almost anything else you can save. You can sort those notes into notebooks, create stacks of notebooks that fit a particular theme, and tag notes to organize them into categories. You can even create to-do lists in Evernote to help you, for example, stay on top of reviewing notes for upcoming test dates.


Trello for Showing Team Progress

Organize your entire life in Trello

Trello is a free project management app that lets you create “cards” for things that need to get done and organize those cards into different lists. If you’re familiar with the Kanban project management system, Trello offers a similar solution: you have a list of “To-Dos,” a list of things you’re “Doing,” and a list of things that are “Done.” As you make progress, you move cards from one column to the next so you can see your improvement over time.

It is a powerful tool for managing long-term projects since the cards and lists display lots of information at a glance. You can even attach files to Trello cards, assign tickets to teammates, give cards due dates, and see a map’s progress.