As a student, you know that it can be a challenge to stay on top of all your revolving obligations and responsibilities. A study group on Wednesday. An essay due Friday. A research session you must do to complete your end-of-term paper. Luckily, there are various apps that students can use to maximize productivity, improve time management, and stay on top of things. Below, we provide you with a list of our picks for the best apps for students who strive to graduate at the top of their class.
Evernote lets students streamline their research process. Today a significant amount of research is done online via academic journals, digital textbooks, and so forth. As you research, you find bits and pieces of vital information in various sources. You want to cite those in your write up, so you need a way to collate them all.
Traditionally this was done with a pen and paper. But Evernote delivers a new solution. It enables you to highlight passages of online text, take clippings from any online source, flag entire PDFs or web pages for later review, and so on.
However, its standout feature is the ability to attach your notes to each clipping, highlighted passage, etc. that you collect along the way. And you can do so on various devices as long as you’re logged into the same account. Just highlight a passage on a webpage, add your notes, and it’s all collected for later reference under one project folder. Say goodbye to that pen and paper and say help to Evernote.
If you’re like most students, you know what it’s like to be in the midst of a research session and have 25 tabs open on your laptop. That eats a ton of your computer’s memory capacity, slowing the machine down and sometimes causing it to crash. Now there’s a way to eliminate that problem—and it’s not by bookmarking every tab and closing it.
OneTab is a Google Chrome browser extension app that lets you take those 25 apps and store them all in a single tab. You can then see them, click them individually to open them, or open them all back up if you stop for the night but don’t want to lose all the sources you found. OneTab reduces the memory being used by your web browser by 95%. That’s nothing to scoff at.
Have you ever been out with friends but suddenly remembered that you forgot to send that email your professor asked for? You had it drafted in MS Word but never pasted it into your email app to send it. And, she’s been expecting it for hours.
LogMeIn gives you the ability to log into your desktop or laptop computer remotely—from your smartphone, for example—and access the files there from your mobile device. You can use it for file transfers, saving files, emailing files as attachments, and more. You’ll never be without access to your Desktop files again.
A household name at this point, Dropbox was one of the first widely-used apps for backing up your files in the clo
ud. It’s still as solid as it’s always been and is used by many, including myself. With a Terabyte of memory and a mobile app, you can store as many files as you need and access them anywhere you have internet access.
There are many cloud storage apps today, including Google Drive, but Dropbox was the first on the scene and to this day your author still uses it daily.
The final word on mobile apps for students
These days everything is done on a mobile device. Why should things be any different for students? There are tons of apps out there that automate various parts of your life and the majority of them are free to download and use. Mobile technology is upon us. As they say, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!”!