25 Must Have Android Apps for Smart Students to Boost Productivity
Life as a student does not have to be all tedious and hectic. Technology can help you study smarter, keep track of schedules and assignments, manage personal finance, connect with colleagues or even wake up in time for your studies. Take a look at these 25 android apps we consider educative, informative, entertaining or just plain useful.
Tasker is an application for android which performs tasks (sets of actions) based on context (application, time, date, location, event, gesture). You can password-lock sensitive applications, change phone settings by application, time or location, wake up with a random song from your music collection, text-to-speech etc. From settings to messaging, Tasker offers total automation on your smart phone. This Android app can detect when you’re at the library, for instance, and enable or disable certain settings on your phone so it adapts to where you are. It can launch apps automatically and perform actions with those apps.
Nicknamed the “world’s most annoying alarm,” Sleep If U Can is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.
There are many different ways to saving money in college, but with Mint financial decisions just got much easier. Mint keeps track of your budgeting while you’re on the go. View up-to-date information about your accounts, check your budgets, and edit transactions information right on the app. Worried about your personal information? The Mint app is password protected, so if you happen to lose your phone, no one will be able to see how much you make or what you spent (or didn’t spend) on textbooks.
Another great app from Google, QuickOffice lets you create and edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, presentations all on your Android phone and tablet. Like most Google applications, QuickOffice has a clean interface with friendly icon-based navigation. Although the app is more known for its editing functionality rather than creating, QuickOffice is nonetheless one of the most useful apps for students, allowing you to create, edit and share documents right from your smart phones.
Recently acquired by LinkedIn, the presentation-hosting platform offers a mobile Android app. But instead of creating or uploading new files, the app revolves around viewing, sharing, and saving for offline access. With SlideShare you can view presentations whether you’re commuting, in class, or at the gym.
Coursera connects students, professionals, and lifelong learners everywhere with free online courses from over 100 global universities and educational institutions, including Stanford and Yale. Browse courses and watch lectures from the best instructors anytime and anywhere – whether you’re interested in cuisine or computer science.
Super popular calendar app Sunrise is finally made available to Android users this month. Offering a clean and minimalistic design, Sunrise stands out from all the other calendar apps. Notably, it also integrates with third-party services like Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare.
IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement – If This Then That. For instance, if it rains, have IFTTT send you an e-mail a few hours earlier. Took a surprisingly professional photo on your smart phone? Let IFTTT automatically share it on your social accounts. If This Then That
Rated as one of the Top 10 Must-Have Apps in New York Times, Evernote is a free app that helps you remember everything across all your devices. Stay organized and be productive, Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and even record voice reminders. You can pick up your smart phone or tablet and quickly jot down notes with your finger or stylus. You can also transform handwriting into other note types. if you want to add a chart or table to your notes, for example, you can go from typing to handwriting and then back to typing, making your notes that much more thorough and useful.
If you ever need to extend your studying experience beyond your books, Marks++ will be it. Features includes: A Simple and powerful Scientific Calculator, an easy to use Timing tool and Periodic Notifications, to help you to Time your Exams and Studies, view comprehensive, easy-to-understand reference guides along with cheat sheets, important notes, formulae, quick revision etc, and a fully offline Dictionary and Encyclopedia for prompt results.
Students don’t have to worry about losing your notes or coursework anymore! With Dropbox, you have a chance to upload different files (documents, photos, videos) in the cloud and get them online whenever you need, even if you forget your phone at home. The only thing needed to access your files is an Internet connection.
Welcome to the world’s biggest library online! Scribd helps students find millions of different documents and books that are important for your studies. All those data are shared by people from all over the world, and you can easily curate and organize them according to their topic. Create your own library with different notes, texts, and books that you need. Share them with your friends, and find all the information with Scribd.
If you are stuck trying to find the right answer to a Math problem, try this app. It will guide you step-by-step while you search for algebra, geometry, or any other math solution. Enter your task into the application, and check if your solution is the same with one offered.
What is the most difficult stage of essay writing? The majority of college students would probably say: creating a list of citations (do not forget that you have to know MLA or APA style to format it). If you are one of these students, EasyBib is the right app for you to download. Just enter a book’s title and get the right citation! All you have to do is copy this citation into your bibliography.
How often do you forget about the date and time of your test? Do you always know the deadline of your homework, the time of your next lecture, and the subject of your next class? Thanks to Studious, all you need to do is to enter all information about your class, time, professor, location, etc., and this cool application will remind you about it just in time!
This is one more application for your mobile device that will help you understand English words better. It’s easy and quick to use: just enter the needed word into the app, and get its detailed definition at once. Rare words, both with British and American variants, audio pronunciations, all new words—all this will help you understand the English language better.
College students are so easily distracted from the studying process! They can’t live without social networks, they always need to check new photos of their friends on Facebook, or share their mood with the world during a lecture. To avoid such distractions, the SelfControl application blocks certain websites that can distract you from studying, and it does it for a set amount of time. So, when you are done with studying, you are welcome back to your favorite websites!
All the famous and most fascinating people can be in your phone now! High-quality videos of different conferences from all over the world are waiting for you in TED—an application that has all business experts, educators, computer geniuses, music legends, and many other interesting people in it. Open your mind to something new!
The name of this application itself perfectly describes its features and functions. If you are a math student, and you always need a calculator to solve equations quickly, you are welcome to download RealCalc Scientific Calculator. Now you will never be afraid of forgetting your calculator at home (well, you can still forget your phone, but anyway).
If you are one of those lucky students who study foreign languages, then you definitely need Duolingo, the application that will help you learn new words, get ready for tests and exams, and complete various tasks to improve your knowledge. It is free to download, and it is available for all users of Apple and Android devices.
BenchPrep is an interactive course library with all the graduate and professional exam study material you can handle. It includes hundreds of practice questions, flashcards, in-app purchases and almost 600 study lessons. Go ahead and pick: LSAT, MCAT, GMAT.
Engineering Hand Book Pro allows you to carry engineering concepts where ever you go. Features available in engineering handbook pro are Engineering Basics, Properties of Common Sections and Plane Area, General Engineering tables, GD & T, Engineering Materials and Applications, Machining / Sheet Metal and Hydraulics & Pneumatics. View various engineering related formulas and calculate values.
Babylon provides comprehensive dictionary results and translations for dozens of languages. With pasteboard integration and access to more than 1,500 glossaries in 75 languages, you’ll never struggle to find an accurate definition for your foreign language learning again.
Video interviews are not going away any time soon. Microsoft’s Skype is a reliable way to connect with faraway family and friends via text, voice and — of course — video.
LinkedIn and all its nifty mobile features makes connections a breeze — for better or worse, college is a time of both personal and professional connections.
Do you have all these cool apps for college students in your mobile device already? Or maybe you can name any other useful applications we’ve forgotten to mention about.