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5 Essential Study Apps for College Students

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If you’re in college, odds are you are own a smartphone. If you have a smartphone, odds are you frequently use apps. Have you ever stopped to consider whether or not these apps are assisting with or detracting from your educational goals? Here to help you with that is a list of five essential college study apps.

1. Evernote

College can get busy and it can become extremely difficult to stay organized. Additionally, you never know when you will need to jot down a quick set of notes. As a student, I can’t tell you how many impromptu lectures necessitated my hurriedly searching for a pen and paper, or filling the “notes” section of my iPhone with cluttered, unorganized notes. Evernote makes all of that a thing of the past. No matter if you go to Chapman University or Claremont Graduate University, Evernote will make your academic life so much easier. Its interface is extremely easy to navigate, and your content is accessible across a wide variety of platforms, including your personal computer. Now that’s convenient!

2. MyScript Smart Note

Maybe you browsed some of Evernote’s features and decided you hate typing–well, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that. MyScript Smart Note will let you easily take notes in a class or in your dorm while you are listening to a lecture or studying. The Android version of the app even lets you change your handwriting into a digital typeface, which is extremely handy if you want to turn your notes into your next scholarly essay.

3. Todoist

If you’re looking for a clean and easy way to generate a bunch of lists and keep them organized, then Todoist is the app for you. In terms of organizational prowess, you can categorize your entries as either projects or tasks. The app even lets you organize your projects into subprojects and subtasks. Additionally, Todoist is accessible via desktop computer, meaning you can easily integrate your lists from your phone to your PC. There is a free version as well as a paid version, which lets users create an unlimited number of projects and tasks.

4. Brainscape – Smart Flashcards

Brainscape – Smart Flashcards allows you to learn more by creating your own customized flashcards in addition to downloading premade flashcards. This is a great way to study more esoteric information–say from an advanced mathematics or film studies course. The app costs a mere $2.99, which is a steal considering the features it offers.

5. Dragon Dictation

Need to take notes but hate typing? Or maybe you’re exhausted from that six-page research paper with annotated bibliography you were up typing until 6 AM on Christmas morning. Fear not, Dragon Dictation offers you a simple way to take notes using nothing but your voice. From there you can save and email them accordingly.