12 of the Best Apps for University Students


Your phone is a valuable tool in your everyday life — it can even enhance your university experience. There are apps you can use to assist you in all aspects of your studies, including to prepare for tests, become more organized, and collaborate with other students. The following apps, in particular, stand out as the most useful.

1. Quizlet

Flashcards are a great way to learn key facts and test yourself before an exam. Quizlet makes practising with flashcards fun through its gamification. You can also share the decks you create with other users, which is great if you have a study group for a particular class.

2. AnkiMobile Flashcards

Instead of Quizlet, you may like to use AnkiMobile Flashcards. It’s less well known but growing in popularity. The app is ideal for learning all types of material, as you can add images and audio clips to the cards and even write mathematical equations.

3. Blackboard

Many universities use Blackboard for both their in-person and virtual classes. It’s useful for tasks like reading the requirements for your assignments, completing tests, submitting papers, and checking your grades.

4. Canvas Student

The most common alternative to Blackboard is Canvas Student, which has mostly the same functions. The one you should download will depend on what your school has decided to use.

5. Google Calendar

You may never have needed a calendar at high school, but you’ll find it much more difficult to remember everything without one at university. You can use Google Calendar to create a schedule with your classes, study time, and other commitments. Additionally, you can use it to make sure you don’t forget any due dates and share your availability with others.

6. Mendeley

As you progress through university, you’ll find that you need a reference manager. Mendeley is a great choice, as it has many useful features. For instance, you can generate citations and references in the style your school uses and annotate PDFs.

7. Evernote

To save more than just references, you may benefit from an app like Evernote. It can help you stay organized by giving you a place to bookmark webpages, create to-do lists, and save pictures of documents and diagrams using your phone’s camera.

8. MindMeister

If you like to make notes in a visual form, MindMeister is a great app to have. You can use the tool to create mind maps for papers, projects, and the notes you take in class.

9. Duolingo

If you’re taking any language classes, you’ll find Duolingo invaluable for extra practise. It’s worth using the app on a daily basis to keep reminding yourself of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and more.

10. Google Drive

You’ll never suffer the terror that comes with realizing that you’ve lost hours’ worth of work when you save all your assignments in Google Drive. As well as being useful for free cloud storage, it makes sharing documents with other students extra easy, such as when you’re collaborating on a group project or you want to compare notes after class.

11. MyLifeOrganized

At times, university can feel overwhelming, such as when you have a particularly large project to tackle or a lot of homework to finish. MyLifeOrganized helps you split big projects down into small tasks and organize everything on your to-do list in order of priority.

12. Your University’s App

It’s worth having your university’s app. Features tend to include a map of campus, upcoming events, and news.
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