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Top Free Productivity Apps that Make College Life Easier

Reduce stress, boost time management, and make the most of a busy semester with these top productivity apps.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring semester, we know it well—exams deadlines, applications, long lines at the coffee bar.  That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite productivity apps to help keep you organized as you near the finish line. 


​1. Evernote

For years, Evernote has remained the get-it-done staple at the top of most productivity app lists. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes scribbled on napkins, record lectures, make to-do lists, set reminders, create agendas, attach and share files, sync across multiple devices, and the list goes on. Key features that continue to attract both students and young professionals to Evernote are the application’s slick interface, keyword search, tagging option, and of course, camera feature.

Requirements: Available in the desktop app for Windows or Mac, through the Evernote Web account, via its mobile app for iPhone or iPad, and Android


2. Easy Bib

The dreaded bibliography was once the last, painstaking stop along the college research paper experience. It involved hours of confusion and tedium sitting in the corner of the library pouring over a style guide. Then, EasyBib came along. With MLA, Chicago, and 7,000 reference styles to choose from, EasyBib’s automatic citation machine produces accurate, fully-formatted, alphabetized, English-teacher-approved entries in moments. Now, all you have to do is scan a book’s barcode with your phone.

Requirements: Available on iPhone or iPad, Android, and for download on Google Play


3. DropBox

Forget USB drives, endless copy and pasting, and emailing papers to yourself. Dropbox  keeps everything you need synced, safe, and in one place. With the handy cloud-based storage application, you can access your most important papers, photos, and videos from your phone or any computer. Plus, it has a variety of apps available on virtually any platform, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not you brought the right paper. Get 2GB of free data storage right when you sign up, and if that’s not enough space, Dropbox offers paid options for as much storage as you need.

Requirements: Available on Mac or PC and across all iPhone, iPad, and Android devices


4. TED

Get inspired, find your next paper topic, and gain a new perspective from some of most the brilliant minds of our time. The official TED App is a treasure trove of TED Talks from education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. With 1,700 TED Talk videos and audios available for download (with more added each week), the TED App is a fantastic educational tool that will complement, enhance, and even challenge how you learn, live, and see the world.

Requirements: Available for download on iPad and iPhone, Android, and at Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire


5. iTunes University (iTunes U)

Apple's iTunes U is a gold mine of course materials from various colleges and universities around the world. For times when you need a bit more insight and clarification on a particular course topic, iTunes U can be a useful study tool to help you grasp it. Also, if your university subscribes to it, you might be able find past lectures and class material available for download on any iPhone or iPad.

Requirements: Available iPad, iPhone, and iOS products


For other ways to stay on track during midterms and job hunting, check out 5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in College.



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