These days, a smartphone is a student’s best friend, and it's easy to see why. From waking you up in the morning to keeping you on time to class, a smartphone is a personal assistant in your pocket, 24/7. These ten apps can maximize your phone’s positive influence on your life as a busy student.
Dropbox allows you to access your files from anywhere. You can share documents with your friends or classmates. Sending large files is a breeze, and you can even share them with people who don’t have Dropbox. It’s great for co-working on large documents and projects.
Any.do is a task manager app. Keep track of your to-do list, events, and reminders all in one easy-to-use app. Share tasks with friends, family, and classmates - a group task list is a sure way to get things done quicker by sharing the load. It even has an AI assistant function (in beta).
Office Lens (Android/iOS/Windows)
Office Lens is a unique app that scans, cleans up, and digitizes physical notes (through photos). Class notes, whiteboards, blackboards, or PowerPoint presentations, Office Lens can handle them all. Once scanned, the app will clean up any document and convert it into a convenient digital document.
Scribd is an online digital library and subscription service. It’s linked to over 60 million ebooks and audiobooks. Stay up-to-date with news and documents straight from the source, available anywhere you have an internet connection.
Viber lets you make free calls and send messages to any other Viber user, regardless of their location. This service makes use of cellular data/wifi, rather than a typical phone connection. Viber will sync with your existing contact list and call history for an easy transition from typical calling.
Google Drive (Android/iOS/Desktop)
Like Dropbox, Google Drive lets you access your files from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. Additionally, it's linked with Google Sheets/Docs so you can access everything from one place. Google Docs, when used with Google Drive, is a great way to keep your work organized, accessible, and safe. You can share Google Docs with classmates for real-time collaboration.
Venmo is a free digital wallet app that lets you send money, make payments, and buy things online. Similar to Paypal, you can use money from your Venmo account, or connect it to a debit account.
Mint is an easy-to-use budgeting app. With its intuitive user interface, Mint makes keeping track of your spending fast and simple.
Tasker (Android only)
Tasker is a unique app that performs tasks on your Android device, triggered by a context. For example, you can set it up to wake you with a random song from your favorite album, or to dim your phone screen after a certain time. Macro actions can range from very simple to extremely complex. It's an ecosystem in itself, and its functions are virtually limitless.
TED presents video talks from experts in all fields, in 18 minutes or less, on any subject you can think of. It's great if you need to fill time between classes, or just want to learn something new. Spend your between-class breaks expanding your knowledge instead of scrolling through your newsfeed.
If you're a busy student struggling to stay on top of things, these apps can help. With the right technology at your fingertips, you’ll have more time to concentrate on the important things.