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15 Amazing Student Apps

15 Amazing Student Apps

Smartphones and other devices have so much to offer students in terms of expanding and assisting with their education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 27, 2013

It’s undeniable that modern students use smartphones in daily life more so than ever before. In part, because they are fairly recent inventions in society, but there’s more to it than that.

Smartphones and other devices have so much to offer students in terms of expanding and assisting with their education.

Take apps, for instance. The recent Apple campaign with the tagline, “There’s an app for that,” demonstrates just how many apps are readily available at the touch of a screen.

So, as bright, capable students, why not utilize these applications for more than your social life or to combat boredom?

Here are some of the top apps available for students – the only problem with this knowledge is that you may become “plugged in” even more than you are already. You’ve been warned.

1. Fetchnotes

This app speaks to simplicity, making life easier by organizing your thoughts as you have them. How it works: the app allows you to maintain a personal twitter-esque portfolio and categorize your notes through hashtags, which you are able to share with contacts.

Each hashtag you make creates a new list to help you keep track of your thoughts, whether it’s regarding an assignment’s due date, notes, exam information – the sky’s the limit.

Every note you create regarding the same hashtags is automatically categorized within the same list, so you spend less time organizing and more time thinking.

There’s no longer a need to worry about manually organizing notes in separate folders, since everything is automatically organized for you, via each hashtag category, as you create them.

Sharing your lists with others also acts as a great tool for collaboration on school assignments, notes, study sessions or whatever else you’d like to share.

This app is available on iOS devices, Android, desktops and Chrome. Also available via email and text, even if you don’t have a smartphone. Learn more.

2. Blackboard Learn

Some schools use Blackboard to allow students to remain up-to-date with scheduling, homework assignments and to provide easier access to media, like lectures, notes and presentations.

You can also connect with classmates through a roster, blogs, discussion and journals. If your school or any of your courses utilizes Blackboard, stay in the know and download the app today.

This app is available on Blackberry, iOS devices, Android and Palm. Learn more.

3. Study Buddy

Do you have a personal study coach? Now you can with the Study Buddy app. Improve your study habits by keeping track of your study time versus distraction time, get efficiency reports, plus use timers and warnings to get you back on track from those breaks that just linger.

The app even notes any phone call interruptions, so you can’t sneak in a quick chat on the clock.

The cherry on top? Inspirational quotes to keep you motivated at the beginning of each session.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

4. Jot!

Sometimes you need to get back to basics. Take Jot!, for example. The app allows you to sketch and share ideas via your own personal whiteboard.

You can even add textboxes to sketches, copy or move objects you’ve added to boards and control your Jots with ease.

Your whiteboards can be shared multiple ways including Jot! Live sharing over the Internet, importing and exporting Jot! images via email, PDF or the Photos app and, on Ios4 devices you can view, modify or print your jots, even from an external monitor.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

5. Evernote

The days of scrambling to scribe your notes are over, thanks to Evernote.

The app allows recordings, storing media and searching for notes on any topic under the sun through keywords, tags or even through printed or handwritten text.

This app is available on iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and iPad. Learn more.

6. Personal Finance

If you’re not great at money management, life can be tough. If you throw being a student on a strict budget into the mix, it can be downright daunting.

The Mint app helps you create and stick to a personalized budget, while allowing you to factor in any expensive you deem worthy.

The app also secures your information for any just-in-case scenarios with a personalized pin that can access your account on’s website, where you can block access to your account in case something happens to your device.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

7. Simplemind+

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of all the thoughts in your head. Luckily, Simplemind+ is a tool which allows you to create mind maps, collect your ideas in one place and improve your brainstorm productivity.

Instead of mundane text versions, the mind maps allow you to visualize and connect your thoughts, plus you can hyperlink, share and export them as needed.

This app is available on iOS devices, Android and desktops. Learn more.

8. Todo

If you’re a list-maker, this app is for you. The task manager, Todo, allows you to compile any to-dos in one spot, then sync the app with your calendar.

You can also save multiple lists by category or, to utilize reminders, set repeating tasks and appointments for those pesky tasks you need to remember on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

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