Essential Apps for Students

Compiled by Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020
Tech Talk Essential Apps for Students

Compiled by Shafiya Nawzer 

Whether you are a student at one of the many traditional or online colleges, studying is an essential way to keep your grades up and pass your exams. Going to college is a scary but exciting prospect. Students need to manage their time between classes, internships, and assignments whilst maintaining a social life.

Studying can mean hours spent in the library, it doesn’t have to be so boring! As digital technology continues to improve, there are more apps to help make studying both easier and more fun. New apps for your phone and laptop make it easy to access your notes across platforms at any time. Here are a few apps that are essential for students and that helps make their journey easier.

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets

One of the easiest apps to recommend is Google’s suite of productivity apps including Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Docs is a simple word processing app, Slides allows you to make those last-minute presentations and Sheets lets you create and format spreadsheets. Multiple people can work on the same doc, make and see edits in real-time making these ideal tools for group projects. Your work is saved in real-time and being Google products they offer seamless integration with Google Drive so you can pull them up whenever you want on whichever device you sign in to. Each of these apps is available on both Android and iOS.


As a student, you will be writing almost every day; writing your thesis, applying for internships, or simply submitting assignments, which makes Grammarly essential. Grammarly is a writing assistant which looks out for spelling errors and grammatical errors and suggests alternate words that fit the tone well. You can use Grammarly across many different apps and websites including Google Docs, Microsoft Word, LinkedIn, Gmail, and Twitter. There are a free version and a paid version of the app.


Download Coursera, and get access to courses at top universities like Stanford, John Hopkins, and Duke. Each course works as an interactive textbook with video instruction, graded assignments, projects, and group discussions. You can even earn your accredited master’s degree.


Many people use Any.Do to organise their tasks. This application is perfect for students who need to create a to-do list. It also synchronise all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere. Add new entries to the list with the help of the touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks.

You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it. The Any.Do widgets can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access.


Sometimes, it’s much easier to understand a concept if you draw it out. Coggle takes this concept into the digital realm, letting you produce ‘mind maps’ and flow charts on any topic you want. Using Coggle to brainstorm ideas for articles and videos, but you could also use it to break down anatomical systems, chemical processes, or any other complex topic you’re studying.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a note-taking application. It enjoys all the benefits previously mentioned for Docs, Slides, and Sheets and has much more. You can add voice recordings and images whilst taking notes. It also features a stylus or finger input which makes it easier and faster to make rough notes. Users also get the ability to add different colours to different notes and add customised labels to differentiate them from one another. Like any other Google application, this is available on both iOS and Android.  If you wish to stay in the Apple ecosystem and utilise iCloud an easy recommendation will also be Apple’s stock Notes app.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This is not essential for every student but is strongly recommended for those who are enrolled in programmes like web designing or photography. The Adobe Creative Cloud is also ideal for any student who wishes to express their creativity through audio, video, or animations. It includes everything from UI/UX designing, photo editing, video editing to 3D, Augmented Reality, and Graphic designing. You can store your creations in the cloud and can access them from any of your devices. Having the ability to use the Adobe Creative Cloud can also be considered as an advantage for certain jobs and can help bolster your resume. Many colleges also have tie-ups with Adobe and offer specific software to students, so definitely contact your college for more information.

Compiled by Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020

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