7 Best Mac Apps for Students

Whether you’re starting a new school year, adjusting to another semester, or just need help getting through the rest of the year, here are the best Mac apps for students that you just can’t do without. From free apps to those that cost a few dollars, you’ll find the perfect Mac app for your specific study needs.

The best thing for students to do is equip their Mac with productivity apps designed to help them do more in less time. Planning, writing, studying, organizing, and focusing is much easier for students with the right tools. Every app is different. What works for one person might not be as good for someone else. And you don’t want to end up with too many apps. So we set out to answer the question: What are the best Mac apps to get you through college?

Let’s take a look at some of the best Mac apps for students in 2020.

1. Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 is the only calendar app in Mac you’ll ever need, so long as you’re willing to shell out for it. The price grants you access to a powerful set of tools, however, as well as a full-screen calendar window that’s as beautiful as it is practical.

2. Evernote

Evernote is the undisputed king of note-taking apps, and for good reason. You need somewhere to keep track of all your work and home projects, organize your ideas, and plan for the future—while still helping you know what needs to be done next today. Evernote for Mac handles all of your note-taking and information-organizing needs, and it will help you stay on top of all areas of your life. You’ll also enjoy having access to all of your notes wherever you go, as Evernote can sync your account across all devices and platforms.

3. myHomework

myHomework is the leading digital student planner on the Mac App Store. With myHomework, you’ll never lose track of your classes, schedule, or homework. myHomework makes it easy to add your homework. It auto-detects the type based on the description, and with pre-selected priority and reminder options, you can enter new assignments in seconds. It looks great and it integrates with other popular platforms including Facebook with ease.

4. Studies

Studies is our favorite app for creating and studying flashcards on macOS to learn anything from medicine to engineering. Studies provide plenty of options for reviewing flashcards. The options let you tailor your study sessions depending on how much time you have, what you want to study, and how you want to study. Whether you’re cramming for a test or learning a new language, this Mac flashcard app will help you study smarter, not longer.

6. Grammarly

Students will be writing a lot or edit a lot, then you’ll quickly see that Grammarly is definitely worth it. For students who need professional grammar checking and an editing tool to improve their sentence structure, it’s one of the best tools available in Mac. Grammarly on Mac provides a really solid writing experience that helps you avoid errors.

6. 1Password

You shouldn’t use the same password on every site, but you can’t remember dozens or hundreds of unique passwords, along with the license keys for your software, ID details for your memberships, and other private data that shouldn’t be saved in plaintext files. That’s what 1Password’s for. It’s a convenient way to save your passwords and other private data in a secure place.

1Password makes passwords simple. It can enter login details for you automatically, create secure passwords for new accounts, and share group accounts with your family and team.

7. XMind

College projects require planning. Especially when projects involve lots of moving parts, or other people when they’re a group effort. Making the best of any project involves mapping out the various tasks and sub-tasks that need completing, and one of the most effective ways to do this is visual.

One of the must-have Mac apps for visualising projects is XMind. You can create mind maps, attach photos, links, and notes. It also allows you to directly share your mind maps to your Evernote account. And its collaboration features are extensive: You can add team members to your mind map, upvote and downvote ideas, and leave comments.

8. PDF Expert

Having to work with PDF files is a fact of life, and PDF Expert makes that task a little easier. This app allows students to fill out forms and merge PDFs with a host of tools for editing, annotating, and signing.  It is useful for students when researching online journals or accessing tutorials. With this app, you can make changes, fix typos, and even upload completely new information or images to a PDF. You can also use the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature to turn a scan into editable text. Making it loads easier to pull out a useful quote! Definitely worth downloading and trying out.

9. MathKey

MathKey is a macOS app that makes creating scientific reports and math documents an easy task. Very useful for math, physics, a computer science students. Simply write an equation with your mouse or your TrackPad and hit convert: your handwriting has been magically converted to LaTeX and MathML expressions. You can even use your mouse or TrackPad to write equations that will be instantly converted.

We know there are dozens, if not hundreds of other apps that students could every day, as well as many more you should download and try. We could be here all day. Within their categories and for those that are subject-specific, we think – and so do users and bloggers – that these apps are amongst some of the most powerful and useful around for students. Anything that makes getting through college easier is worth downloading, and these Mac apps certainly are.

James Dorian is a technical copywriter at Setapp. He is a tech geek who knows a lot about modern apps that will make your work more productive. James reads tons of online blogs on technology, business, and ways to become a real pro in our modern world of innovations.

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