Apps for College Students Planners and Organizers

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Apps for College Students

Planners and Organizers

  1. Studious
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    There once was a time when students kept their class and homework schedules in physical notebooks, but those days are long gone. Studious does it all for you, right on your phone. When you put in your class schedule, it automatically silences your device during class time and reminds you of upcoming homework and tests. Save text notes and photos so you don't miss a thing.

  2. iStudiez Pro
    Price: $2.99 Compatible: iOS
    This organizational powerhouse allows for easy planning, management, tracking and synchronization of class and activity schedules, deadlines and more. Plan your schedule, organize assignments, set reminders and track your grades. Syncs with iCal to keep all of your activities in one place. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

  3. MyHomework
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android, Windows 8
    Seamlessly tracks your homework and class schedules. Its calendar feature supports time, block, and period-based schedules, while the homework setting lets you schedule a due date and reminders under a particular class. If your professor uses, you can even sync your syllabus and resource materials with the app.

  4. Exam Countdown
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    A test will never sneak up on you again! Exam Countdown allows you to track your exams by storing key dates in one place. You can add a “to-do” list of items that must be completed prior to the exam and read and share test taking tips from other students. All you need to remember is to download this app.

  5. School Helper
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    Manage your courses with this helpful organizer. Students can keep track of their grades, homework assignments and more.

  6. iHomework
    Price: $1.99 Compatible: iOS
    Use it to keep track of assignments, readings, courses, teachers, and schedules. Even better: you can set alarms for your homework and be notified of upcoming deadlines.

  7. Trello
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android, Windows 8
    While group projects can cut down on the work an individual is responsible for, it can be confusing to manage who completes what task. This app can help organize an entire project, large or small, by assigning each person a label and filtering responsibilities to that individual through the app. Students can create deadlines, assign tasks, and even collaborate in real time, as changes that are made in the app are instantly updated. And all members of the group will receive a notification when changes have been made.

Task Builder

  1. IFTTT
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    If This Then That—is a new kind of app that lets you build recipes, but not for food. The “recipe” is a sequence of commands that executes when a particular catalyst is selected: for example, “If I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook, then send me a text message” or “If it’s raining tomorrow, then send me a reminder to leave early for class.” Since IFTTT can sync with up to 69 apps, the recipe possibilities are numerous.

Time Management

  1. Alarm Clock Xtreme
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    Don't sleep through your most important classes! Snooze button mashers and gradual awakeners, rejoice — there's an alarm clock app for you. Alarm Clock Xtreme works for everyone, no matter what your sleeping and waking habits might be. You can set it to wake you up gently and gradually, set variable snooze duration, and even set it to require you solve math problems before it will turn off the alarm. The app also features a countdown timer and lets you set reminder alarms for events throughout the day.

  2. SelfControl
    Price: Free Compatible: Mac OS X
    SelfControl lets you set a period of time to block certain websites or mail servers by adding them to a "blacklist." It's too bad if you finish your work early — restarting your computer or deleting the application won't negate the timer.

Study Aids

  1. Quizlet Mobile
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    An interactive flashcard app that makes studying more fun and memorable. The online version has games, matching and multiple-choice assessments based on your study guide to help you prepare. The mobile app is a great portable version so that you can study anywhere.

  2. iMemento Flashcards
    Price: $3.99 Compatible: iOS
    Study with flashcards on your iPhone and use multiple-choice tests to quiz yourself on the material. iMemento grades and records your test performances so you can track your progress.

  3. gFlash+
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    With gFlash+, you can create flashcards and share them with fellow students, plus study and quiz yourself. Random multiple-choice questions increase the difficulty. Use images, foreign language characters or text-based cards to test your knowledge of dozens of subjects.

    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    You can create digital flashcards and upload study materials to review on the computer or your smartphone. Each flashcard can contain text and pictures and you have the option of creating your own or using a classmate’s. This app can even filter out the flashcards you know by heart to ensure you learn the hard ones as well. Import your notes from Evernote for a stronger study session. StudyBlue also allows you to set reminders for tests that are coming up so you remember to start reviewing class material. If your friends or classmates have the app, you can message them questions or collaborate virtually.

  5. Chegg Flashcards
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Chegg Flashcards allows you to easily create flashcards for any subject; you can even add pictures or diagrams to your cards. The app also provides access to pre-made sets of flashcards powered by Quizlet, and available for a variety of subjects including Math, History, Chemistry, English, Science, Accounting and more. Chegg Flashcards allows you to track your results as you quiz yourself, and your answer speed is tracked on the app’s results page.

  6. Encore
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    Five flashcard sets come with the free app including SAT vocabulary, organic chemistry terms, multiplication practice, Spanish expressions and literary terms. The apps also allows you to search and download content from Quizlet, which offers 9 million sets of flashcards and FlashcardExchange, which offers 42 million flashcard sets. Encore keeps track of your answer statistics and provides the ability for you to edit and create quizzes on the go.

  7. Sparknotes
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    Marketing itself as the “ultimate portable study guide,” browse SparkNotes easily on your iPhone or mobile device.

  8. Study Buddy
    Price: $0.99 Compatible: iOS
    Analyzing Beowulf with a full slate of football on TV is an agonizing assignment for the easily sidetracked. That’s where Study Buddy comes in: Every time you take a break from obsessing over Ulysses—whether it’s answering a call or cueing up a song—the app records it as a distraction and logs a “Graph of Study Efficiency” to let you know how focused you really are (and to tell you to get back to work.) Consider it your own personal taskmaster.

  9. BenchPrep
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all the graduate and professional exam study material you can handle. It includes hundreds of practice questions, flashcards, in-app purchases and almost 600 study lessons. Go ahead and pick your poison: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT.

Note Taking/File Storage

  1. Dropbox
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
    Though it’s not necessarily meant to be a collaboration site, I have found DropBox extremely useful during group projects. Dropbox is a free file hosting service that provides file storage and synchronization, so you never have to email yourself files or remember to bring your USB again. Files placed in Dropbox are accessible on any computer, laptop or phone so long as you have an account. The value that I have found in this app is that you can add people onto your folders so they have access to them as well.

  2. Google Drive
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    If you’re a college student in 2014, you’re going to have more Google Docs than you know what to do with. This is what you do: Get this app on your phone so you can access them from anywhere. To access non-Google docs on the go, use DropBox and Box.

  3. Evernote
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Millions use this popular app every day to create text, audio or image notes, and access them anytime, anywhere. You can take a photo of a whiteboard, and Evernote will create searchable text. Premium features allow synchronization and sharing of Word, Excel, PDF and PPT files.

  4. Notability
    Price: $2.99 Compatible: iOS
    Notability is useful for hand-written annotation -- by importing media including notes, powerpoint and .pdf files, you can annotate as you see fit using the iPad's touchscreen capabilities. The app includes a zoom feature to quickly add detail to a file, while the 'palm rest' feature stops you from protecting your notes from unwanted marks.

  5. Snap2PDF
    Price: $1.99 Compatible: iOS
    Take a picture of any handout/textbook to convert it into a PDF (one that recognizes text and provides translations for foreign language words!), so you can take all those binders off your shelves. PDFs are searchable.

  6. Droid Scan
    Price: $4.49 Compatible: Android
    You can scan anything from the page of a book to notes on a whiteboard and turn that into a PDF you can take with you. The app uses perspective correction to create a perfectly shaped, professional looking document. Its ultra-high resolution scan preserves most of the pixels in the original photos even after you convert it. Images can be stored in Dropbox or Google Drive, or emailed to yourself, etc. for easy access before an exam.

  7. Share Your Board
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    Share Your Board allows you to take a picture of the whiteboard at the front of the classroom and save those notes for later. The app adjusts the white balance so the picture is easy to see. Now you don’t have to rush to scribble down notes that will later be illegible. Simply snap a picture and copy the info after class or keep the picture to reference before a quiz.

Voice Recorders/Dictation

  1. QuickVoice Recorder
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Record lectures easily with this app. When you’re finished recording, you can e-mail the recording to yourself, set a voice reminder that will play at a selected time and date, or even save it as a ringtone. The best part is you can even multitask (check email or browse Facebook) while QuickVoice Recorder is recording in the background.

  2. Smart Voice Recorder
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    This voice recorder can actually stop recording if there’s a pause during a lecture. So if your professor decides to respond to a text in the middle of a presentation, your phone will know it, saving you valuable storage space. Depending on the recording quality you choose, it can record up to 75 hours of audio.

  3. Dragon Microphone
    Price: Free Compatible: PC, Mac, iOS, Android
    Dragon NaturallySpeaking (PC) and Dragon Dictate (Mac) are extremely powerful speech-to-text tools that will let you dictate your notes and research papers instead of typing them word by word. They learn your voice to improve accuracy over time, and handy transcription features can even attempt to turn an audio file of a recorded lecture into text. Mobile companion app, Dragon Remote Microphone, turns your phone into a wireless microphone, perfect for pacing circles around your tiny dorm room muttering about 19th century French literature. If you can stammer out a first draft at least, you’ll avoid the dread of staring at a blank page trying not to think of the term “writer’s block.”


  1. Chegg Inc.
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Chegg is the top textbook rental company. Their free app allows you to search for textbooks by title, author, ISBN or by scanning a book's bar code with your iPhone. Compare prices and complete the rental or purchase transaction right from your mobile device.

  2. Amazon Student
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    A stack of college textbooks can cost more than major surgery. This Amazon app will keep your wallet nice and fat: Snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you how and where to get it cheaper. Best of all, you can sell back your old used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards.

Math Resources

  1. Cole’s Calculus Review Amazon Student
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    No more digging through notes looking for a derivative formula! Cole's Calculus Review lists all the important formulas and evaluation techniques, like limits, derivatives, integrals, and products and quotients of trigonometric functions.

  2. iFormulas
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Formulas for algebra, geometry, and trigonometry at your fingertips

  3. RealCalc Scientific Calculator
    Price: Free Compatible: Android
    RealCalc is a slightly retro but fully featured scientific calculator, which looks and operates exactly like the real thing.

  4. Quick Graph+
    Price: $1.99 Compatible: iOS
    With the ability to plot graphs and so much more, it's a good option for those taking math courses. Quick Graph+ supports cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems as well as hyperbolic and inverse functions. You are also given access to a common function library that makes finding and analyzing data quicker.


  1. Science Glossary
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Fast access to definitions of several hundred scientific terms, as well as links to the meanings of related technical terms. Connect to online learning modules and bios of significant people in science history.


  1. 100 Words Almost Everyone Mispronounces
    Price: $2.99 Compatible: iOS
    Learn about 100 tricky or controversial words that trip up even the most well-read students, selected by the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries. Hear the correct pronunciation anytime, wherever you are – with no Internet connection required.

  2. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    Quick look up and has a voice option for words you do not know how to spell.

References and Citations

  1. EasyBib
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    EasyBib generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style wherever you are — just scan the book's bar code or enter the title. The app also lets you easily email and export the bibliographies to yourself. Using this, you have no excuses for putting off that term paper.

  2. RefScan
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    This is an application for finding, saving and scanning references. Powered by the Web of Knowledge and EndNote platforms, online references can be accessed and saved to a free web account. The idea behind the app is to save you time seeking out endless resources for your essays, and to function as an easier way to organize your research.

  3. ReferenceME
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    This is an automatic bibliography creator. To add a citation to your essay, you simply scan the barcode of a book with your mobile device's camera, and then the citation is automatically created for you. If there is no barcode, you can type in the book's ISBN or enter the details manually. ReferenceME can create full bibliographies with citations using Harvard, Chicago, Vancouver, MHRA, MLA, Oxford and APA styles. References can then be sent to your essay through email or social media.


  1. GrubHub
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS
    Everyone's gotta eat, and sometimes you just don't have time to take a trip to the student union cafeteria. GrubHub makes it almost ridiculously easy to order food for delivery right to your door! Using GrubHub's database of more than 25,000 restaurants in more than 300 cities around the country, you can browse menus and read restaurant reviews, recall past orders, and save multiple addresses for quick access, then place your order right from your phone.

  2. My Car Locator
    Price: Free Compatible: iOS, Android
    Find your car! Once parked, it can be easy to lose. PosiMotion lets you park your car, press the Park Me! button, then do whatever you want. When you're ready to return to your ride, press the "Where Did I Park?" button and you'll get turn-by-turn walking directions back.

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