11 Apps Every College Student Needs

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Time Management Apps for College Students

College life requires lots of juggling—time management, note-taking, studying, etc. Thankfully, for the modern college student, there’s an app for that! Check out our favorite apps for college students below.

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My Study Life

This free app makes managing your class schedule, assignments, and other tasks easy. The calendar was designed with your need to track weekly and bi-weekly schedules. It’s available as a web app as well as on iOS and Android.

Google Calendar

Many colleges offer their own calendar, which you can import directly into Google Calendar. You can also set up shared calendars to collaborate with fellow students or share your schedule with your roommate.

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This app’s free and premium versions offer calendar integration and natural language input. Use it to track task lists, meetups, reading lists, and other to-do items. Upgrade to premium and collaborate with your classmates and friends.

Note Taking Apps


This one is perfect for visual learners. If staring at notebook pages full of notes leaves you feeling more confused, creating a map of complex subjects can help. It’s a web-based service which you can use for free. There are also premium subscriptions, but free is very affordable for college students.


GoodNotes 6 is an app designed to transform your iPad into digital paper. In addition to entering your handwritten notes in digital format, GoodNotes6 has built-in organization so that you can have different notebooks for each class. You can also have different backgrounds for other notes, and handwriting OCR is built-in. 

Adobe Scan

Taking a picture of a friend’s notes or something your professor wrote on the whiteboard is helpful, but only to a point. Frequently, those pictures are lost among the images of friends and campus life. With Adobe Scan, you can remove the important text from the photo and add it to your notes. Using OCR (optical character recognition), quickly transform scanned documents into editable and searchable PDFs. Effortlessly pull out text and input new text using custom fonts that seamlessly blend with the original document.


This free app is about making connections, but not social ones! Each note can be broken down into blocks and linked to other note blocks. This helps you see how topics connect across class sessions and the entire semester. 

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We use the paid version of Evernote here at TrueAssisting. We love it because you can take notes in many formats, such as audio recordings, photos, handwriting scribbles, attachments, and reminders. There are also many ways to organize the notes you take. And you can easily link and share notes as well.

Studying Apps


While smartphones can be an excellent tool for studying, they also hold many distractions. Use forest to help you stay on track. Inside the app, you set a study timer and plant a seed. Then, set your phone aside. If you don’t use it, your tree will grow. If you allow yourself to be distracted by the siren’s call of social media and pick it up, the tree dies. “Users can earn credits by not using their cell phones and plant real trees worldwide with the credits.”

Google Workspace

There’s a good chance your college is using Google Workspace. This makes it easy to submit your work online. While Workspace is browser-based, you can still use the apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides) to review, share, and edit documents.


Flashcards can be a great way to memorize information for a test. This crowdsourced app makes it easy to create flashcards on your smartphone. If your classmates are using it, Quizlet also lets you import flashcard decks made by other students. You’ll learn what you need and save trees in the process!

“A community of 300 million learners using Quizlet’s practice tests, Expert Solutions, and AI-powered tools to improve their grades and reach their goals.”

Bonus: ClickUp

ClickUp is a task management tool offering an all-in-one solution to replace all other apps. ClickUp features include scheduling and calendars, task management, collaboration, customizable features, and more to ensure that nothing gets missed, no matter how minor it seems-AND, it’s FREE forever!

Do you have other apps that help you navigate college life? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

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