Nowadays, there’s an app for almost anything.  

A quick Google and you’ll likely find exactly the thing you’re looking for, but in this blog, we’ve done the work for you. 

Below are our top 7 best apps for students, ranging from apps to help you take notes, to apps that will help get you out of bed in the morning. 

Student Union/University Apps 

The developments in technology over the last few years have made app development much more readily available. 

Today, many universities and their student unions have their own apps where students can keep up to date on university events and news, send messages and even submit work. 

Lecture Apps 

  • SoundNote 
  • Office Lens 
  • Evernote 

Taking notes can sometimes be difficult.  

Depending on what you’re studying and how a lecturer delivers their classes, you might end up with notes that read more like a stream of consciousness, or you may find it difficult to keep with and capture all the relevant information. 

SoundNote for iOS and Office Lens for Android can help with this.  

SoundNote allows you to record a lecture on an iPad, while also taking notes at the same time.  

Office Lens allows you to take a photo of a whiteboard, and then convert it into a PDF, Word or PowerPoint file to review later.  

Evernote is another popular choice; which allows you to keep notes in a wide variety of media, and organises them under specific topics, which you can then annotate and edit as you see fit. 

The best part? It’s available on iOS and Android and is free. 

Study Apps

  • Motion 
  • GoConqr 
  • StudyBlue 

With so many possible distractions these days, it can be difficult to sit down and get some effective study time in. 

Luckily, there are apps available that can help you focus. 

Motion is a free browser extension that will block distracting websites like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and any other sites you may want to add, allowing you to focus on your work. 

To take full advantage of your newly found focus, apps such as GoConqr and StudyBlue are excellent to help revision. 

GoConqr allows you to create charts, mind maps, notes, flash cards and quizzes that you can share with your friends. StudyBlue takes your course information and creates a selection of flash cards that you can use to test yourself. 

Budget Apps 

  • Unidays 
  • Squirrel 

Making the most of your money is a rite of passage at university, and now there are a wide variety of apps to help make it even easier. 

Unidays could well be the best-known app in the UK to help students’ money go further. They work with some of the biggest companies in the world to offer discounts for students, from sixth form right up to university. 

Squirrel is an app geared more towards helping you save money. It considers your regular outgoings, compares it with what is coming into your account, and figures out a weekly allowance for you that includes any saving goals you want to set up. 

Alarm Apps 

  • Alarmy 

Every phone has the ability to set an alarm, so why would you need an alarm app? Because we all know that sometimes, an alarm isn’t quite enough. 

Alarmy is a great app that will help you get out of bed and get your day started. In order to prevent you snoozing, there are a wide variety of “missions”, such as scanning a QR code or shaking the phone a number of times, that you’ll have to do to turn the alarm off, all designed to get you up and alert and stave off the temptation to catch five more minutes.  

The app offers a free version that contains ads and some locked features, but if you need all the help you can get, you can pay for the premium version monthly or annually. 

Academic Apps 

  • RefME 
  • EasyBib 

When writing an essay, it can often feel like writing up the bibliography and references takes as long as writing the paper itself.  

With RefME and EasyBib, that’s a problem no longer. 

With RefME, a simple scan of a books barcode will allow you to automate citations, references, and bibliographies. The app can do this in a wide variety of reference styles, including the most common: APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago and RSC. 

Alongside the referencing capabilities, RefME also has a huge catalogue of open resources to kick off any research you might need to do. 

EasyBib offers similar services to RefMe, but also with the capability to check your paper for plagiarism and grammatical errors. 

With the above apps, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your university experience, but what about getting there in the first place? 

That’s where we can help. If you’re looking to study abroad, call our friendly advisors today on +44 (0)23 9283 9210 to get started on your university journey. 

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