8 Great Apps to Help the Modern Student Excel

As a student, there is so much you have to keep up with. You need to know when and where all your classes are. You need to prepare for your assessments and exams before they come. You have to track how much time you have left before your assignments are due. Moreover, you still need to make time to hang out with your friends and watch your favorite series on Netflix. Unless you are a savant, it is hard to keep track of all this information. Here are a few apps that can help.

Time Management Apps

myHomework Student Planner 

If you are looking for an app that tracks your schoolwork, this is an excellent option. It has a free and paid option. myHomework Student Planner will track your assignments, tests, and projects and send you due date reminders beforehand. It will also track your classes. You can sync your data between multiple devices and use the widget to see your assignments at a glance. The paid version allows you to import your homework, share your planner, and upload file attachments. It also gives you external calendar access. 

Focus To-Do

If you want to track how much time you spend on your projects, this is a great way to gain this insight. You input all the tasks you have, including when you plan to do them. You then use the Pomodoro technique to track how much time to spend on each task. You can break down big tasks into subtasks so that they aren’t so overwhelming. Furthermore, add notes to each task and subtask to know what is expected in each step or what you did. If you are trying to create accountability around your tasks, then Focus To-Do is excellent for you.


This isn’t a productivity app per se, but it does help you manage your time. SelfControl app is for those who can’t stay out of social media or entertainment websites. To avoid distractions when studying, set the app to block specific websites for a set amount of time. So you have no choice but to pay attention during that dull lecture.


If you prefer a daily planner and organization tool in one, this app is excellent for you. Most of the time, school is somewhat ritualistic. Classes are at the same time every week. You can create a routine around your school week using this app. Record activity and how often it has to repeat then set a reminder for it. The best thing about TimeTune is that you can analyze how you spend your time per week, especially if you follow your planner to a T. By using the widget and customizable tags, you can know your plans for the day at a glance.

Study Apps


If you are learning a foreign language, Duolingo is an excellent app for you. It is organized so that you can learn from the basic to the complicated things sequentially. You can also test your knowledge, and it will tell you where to begin depending on your knowledge base. Learning a language is all about consistency and repetition. You can set the app to remind you to study a set amount of sections every day. You will be able to use the voice recognition feature on your phone to learn how to pronounce words. What’s more, it’s free. 


Textbooks are costly. What’s more, you have to buy new ones every semester. What if you didn’t have to? With Chegg, you can find rentals of the books you need. You can also rent out your old textbooks. This is a great way to save up so you can spend that money on other things.

Google Docs

Google Docs isn’t necessary a study app, but it is where you write notes and assignments. Google is almost always syncing your data, so you no longer have to worry about losing your work. Whether you are doing your reports for your class or you write essays for money, this app provides a virtual place to draft and edit. You can download these documents into Microsoft Word documents that your teacher can easily access. Save these documents on Google Drive and never worry about losing your work again. 


Writing assignments may be tedious, but making citations is even more exhausting. That is where EasyBib comes in. If you were writing using a physical book, it could help you create a citation. All you need to do is to enter the book’s title into a search bar and add the quote. The app will then create a citation for you in whichever format you want. 


Technology is meant to make life easier, and it is doing just that for students. You can use apps to record lectures, convert spoken words into text, study for exams, etc. The apps covered here only scratch the surface of how much utility they offer.

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