8 Incredibly Useful Apps Every College Student Needs

Are you in high school? Maybe you are entering college as a freshman or going for an advanced degree? For every academic challenge, these apps should be at the top of your back-to-school shopping list!

The fleet of apps like Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and even Wikipedia can quickly become methods of procrastination. But the solution to this problem isn’t to block yourself completely from technology.

The computer, mobile, and apps are a reality for a student’s life too. Many class projects, research assignments, and group work now require computers and the internet.

Thankfully, there are tons of websites and apps that can enhance your education rather than hinder it. So this collection of 8 apps is here to help you get through an entire day at school.


StudyBlue is the largest crowdsourced study library, with over 400 million flashcards, notes and study guides from students like you. Make and share study materials, search for recommended study content from classmates, track progress, set reminders, and create custom quizzes. Join 15 million students on StudyBlue to study better, together.

Hemingway Editor

It’s fantastic to have a friend on hand to read over your papers before you submit them—but what if your essay-reading friend is busy with their own assignments?

Enter Hemingway, a website that will give you a detailed breakdown of your writing and give you hints on what you should be paying attention to in your edits. It isn’t a perfect substitute for another person, but it’s a great way to recognize bad habits in your writing and any typos or spelling mistakes that you may have made.


If math isn’t your favorite subject or you just need a little help, FastMath from Photomath is a great tool to check your answers. Just take a picture of the math problem (the app recognizes handwritten problems, too) and get a solution. On a free account, you can get step-by-step explanations for a certain number of problems, while a paid account unlocks unlimited solutions. Month-to-month is $9.99, a three-month package is $19.99, and a 6-month upgrade is $29.99.


Mind-mapping, a specific way of taking notes, has been shown to boost memory and creativity more than traditional linear note-taking. Mindly is an easy-to-use app that has all the features of mind maps, like branches and layers, and the ability to add color, text, and images. You can also sync your map across devices, so it isn’t locked on your phone or tablet. For up to 200 elements per map, the app is free, while a one-time payment of $6.99 gets you unlimited features and access. If you want to use it on your Mac computer, it’s $29.99. Mindly is available on iOs and Android.

myHomework Student Planner

myHomework Student Planner is a digital-planning app for users to organize their schoolwork, upcoming assignments, and daily routine. Customizing the app is easy. Users simply enter their class details into the calendar. Adding homework descriptions is quick and simple with the tap of a button. Users set the due dates, time and identify high, medium or low priority. They can also set up reminders.


Learning a new language is hard, but Duolingo, an editor’s choice app in the Apple store, makes it fun and simple. It’s colorful, streamlined, and contains over 30 languages like French, German, English, Swahili, Spanish, and more. The app (available on Android as well as iOs) and all the essentials you need are free, but for some extras and no ads, Duolingo Plus is $9.99 a month.


Struggling with a complicated concept or a course that doesn’t seem to have any coherent outline? Create one yourself using the web-based mind map program MindMup. This program is incredibly easy to use, with an interface that allows you to work on your mind map in real-time with other users, save your mind map to Google Drive or Dropbox, or use its “completed” notice to mark off the branches that you no longer need to study.


Probably the most infuriating part of any group project is trying to establish a time when all members of your group can meet. Calendly is a web app that makes the impossible possible by automating the entire process to find the most convenient time for everyone. The video above shows how it all works.

Calendly offers a basic free tier. The Premium and Pro plans are priced for larger teams.