Productivity seems to be something that is difficult to stay on top of, especially when you’re studying.
Thankfully, we have the world of technology available to give us the help we need when it comes to better scheduling, studying more efficiently and planning life in general.
Here are 12 great (and free) apps:
Documents is the ultimate app for accessing all of your files and annotating PDFs.
It can be confusing to keep track of where certain files are, especially if you use multiple services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Documents works with all of them (including Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Box) to show you all of your stuff in one place. You can edit Microsoft documents, annotate PDFs, browse photos, and read e-books in one app.
Wunderlist will help you stay on top of what you need to get done.
Wunderlist has many great features for everyone, such as the ability to make multiple lists, collaborate with other Wunderlist users on different projects, create reminders and more.
RefMe will put together your citations and bibliographies for you.
This nifty app uses your phone’s camera to scan a book’s barcode and create a citation formatted in Harvard or whatever format your school uses.
Duolingo will help you learn another language.
This app is nothing like a boring French class. It gamifies language learning. Use it to brush up on your Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, or English.
Tinycards is a handy flashcard app that helps you memorize things quickly.
The makers of Duolingo have another flashcard app called Tinycards.
Like Duolingo, it learns from you as you progress through a deck and shuffles information around to help you memorize efficiently. It comes with hundreds of pre-made subject decks to study with too.
iTunes U is a great resource for free lectures and coursework from many of the top schools.
Apple bills iTunes U as a digital homework system for classrooms, but it’s a great app to have even if you’re teachers don’t use it to distribute their lectures and homework.
That’s because it gives you free access to courses from some of the best schools in the world, like Statistics 101 from Harvard or Stanford’s course on how to code iOS apps.
Venmo makes it quick and easy to pay your friends back without cash.
If you’re a student and not already using Venmo, chances are you’ve at least heard about the app.
By logging into your bank account, Venmo allows you to quickly send anyone money without cash. People love adding fun emojis to transactions and watching what other people are paying each other for in the app’s social feed.
Wolfram Alpha is like a turbo charged Google search engine.
Need help with trigonometry? Wondering what the unemployment rate is in a given city? Wolfram Alpha has you covered.
The search engine’s free app is an invaluable resource for all kinds of queries. Give it a try.
Google Inbox turns your email inbox into a helpful to-do list.
Google’s experimental Inbox app for Gmail turns your emails into a todo list that’s intelligently sorted by category. It seamlessly integrates with Google’s other services, like Google Calendar and Google Drive, to help you be more productive.
Find restaurants and other new places to go with Foursquare.
Foursquare is great at suggesting restaurants, bars, cafes, and other places on your tastes. If you’re looking for a place to do homework off campus, you can search for “coffee shops with free WiFi.”
Its vast collection user-created tips will ensure that you know the best thing to order too.