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10 Best Apps for Students to make life easier

Technology is great – and it’s even better when it can help you to become a successful student. At Educational App Store, we believe that all students should have the chance to succeed. So we invest in schools and students globally, equipping them with the apps they need to learn well. As you prepare for success this school year, take a moment to learn more about education apps all around the world. 

Communication technology makes everything (well, almost everything) about being a student easier, from being in the right place at the right time and handing in work punctually to keeping track of your finances and coordinating a thriving social life.

There are videophone apps, revision apps and organisation apps, as well as the usual social offering. From organising your timetable to helping you find your way around, we’ve chosen ten of the best free apps for students.

These top-rated apps for students ranging from lecture capture to taking notes to exam revision to student planner and beyond -- help to survive and thrive at school and college. Keep reading to discover the best iOS and Android apps designed to make your student life easier. 

Here’s where you'll find the best apps for students that can make their life easier, cheaper, safer and more fun.

Evernote

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Evernote is a great tool for students. Whether you're pursuing a degree or in high school, Evernote makes it easy to organize all your coursework and assignments so you can quickly find what you're looking for.

Evernote is a great tool for note taking, and students are some of the people that take the most notes. Evernote, a popular productivity app, can help students tame their to-do lists and corral their notes in one place. The app's functionality is particularly beneficial to students juggling a full course load. 


Dictionary.com Pro Learn Words

( Android - Free , iPad - £3.99 )

If you’re looking for a regular dictionary app that still looks nice, Dictionary.com has one for you. This app is easy to use. It works offline, and lets you save words if you’re making a vocabulary list (or just like how they sound!).

The Dictionary.com app has a word of the day. It also comes with very interesting blogs about words (and where they come from) that are written in an easy-to-understand way. There’s a lot to learn from this app.



RefME - Referencing Made Easy

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

An award-winning app accused of making student life too easy, RefME (iPhone and Android) certainly takes the sweat out of one of the most painstaking and tedious parts of student life – referencing books and publications, and The Student Room users rave about it. 

At the press of a button, students can scan a book’s barcode or enter the URL of an article to generate a citation, which it then saves and syncs in the Cloud – allowing students to create, edit and manage pieces of work across different devices. “A life-saver,” is how one user describes the app.

RefMe is an invaluable app for students, and non-fiction writers of all kinds. If you are writing a research paper, this app will create your reference for you. You can then easily export your references by emailing to yourself or to Evernote.



PDF Reader Pro is the best PDF reader and editor on all your devices to read, annotate, edit, fill forms, sign, convert, Watermark, Create, OCR and more to maximize your document productivity. A 7-day free trial for you to inspire your work.

It allows you to import files from your computer or the cloud, then complete forms, add freehand drawings and audio notes and more. With support for reading files from popular productivity suites, it’s a convenient way to take the documents anywhere you go.
 
PDF Reader Pro offers even more - combining multiple documents, splitting your PDF into several files, inserting photos or hyperlinks to your PDF files. It allows you to sync your files with your personal clouds to make the best use of PDF Reader Pro. 
 
Great for:  Reading notes, lesson plans, research papers, dissertations

myHomework Student Planner

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

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.

Great for: Student Planning


StudyBlue

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

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.

Great for: Student Planning and Taking Notes


Office Lens

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Office Lens productivity app works like a photo scanner. After launching the app, smartphone and tablet users can take a picture of a document, whiteboard, business card, sticky note, handwritten note, or poster. It's easy to take photos because the app automatically crops the background. Users can also crop photos by using the app to create a new image, and then photos are saved on the camera roll or as a file, which can be renamed, converted, and exported to folders for use later on. 

Great for: Taking Notes, lecture and classroom capture


GCSEPod - Education on Demand

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

GCSEPod is not just the app but an extremely comprehensive gateway to an excellent array of useful learning and revision materials for a large variety of GCSE courses across exam boards which is kept current for the recent changes.

GCSEPod is essentially a website that contains a series of resources for presenting, in a short and digitally stimulating way, a vast range of concepts and information to help the learner revise or refresh across a number of subjects which closely correlate with a selection of exam boards. 

Great for: Exam Preparation and Revision


EasyBib is an information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools for students. Using EasyBib's tools, kids can input reference information and have it instantly transformed into any one of the current citation styles (MLA, CMS, etc.). The Citation Guides not only show students what information needs to be included for book, website, or TV show references, but also  where they can find all those details. Students can also save and share papers, create notes, and confirm their source materials all in one place.

Either way, it is very convenient to make notes in Bear first and transfer them to other applications. For teachers who want students to spend more time focused on the meat of their papers and less time nit-picking commas and capital letters on the citations page, EasyBib could be a great classroom resource.

Great for: Bibliography and writing Research Papers


Calculator iRocks

( iPad - Free )

Calculator iRocks is one of the basic calculator apps. It's a four-function calculator. You can do the basic stuff like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also includes history, graphing features, base conversions, and more. The UI is also simple. This one has some of the better Wear OS support as well. You shouldn't have any trouble moving around the interface. 

There are some of the best calculator apps for iOS and Android that will have you working those numbers in no time.


And a host of apps now allow students to record whole lectures and listen (and listen again) at their own pace, including Lecture Capture (iPhone) and LectureRecordings (Android).

One of the most common reasons students contact the Student Loans Company is because they’ve forgotten passwords, and there are lots to remember at university – intranet, library, accommodation management and online banking.

Students can keep passwords, credit card details and other virtual identities safe through Dashlane (iPhone and Android), which uses advanced encryption. Students use a master password to log in to synced websites or make a payment without having to remember each password.

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