5 FREE Productivity Apps/Sites that will Save Your Life as a College(or high school) student


1. Evernote– free note taking app

Portable Document FormatRather than writing a long and boring gush fest of why Evernote is amazing, I’m just going to give it to you in fact form:

PROS:

+ notes accessible on the web, desktop/laptop, Android, iPhone(or iTouch).

+ can attach websites, notes, voice notes, images, photos, screenshots, PDFs and even more if you splurge on the pro account

+ automatically sync so you never accidentally delete something FOREVER

+ you don’t need to send it somewhere to be sure you can access it later, it’s all accessible on the web!

CONS:

– you run out of memory if you try to upload too many images in a month, but that’s what the paid accounts are for

WHAT I USE IT FOR:

. everything…I recently wrote an entire English essay (including notes and outlines) on there. I also have PDFs of my homework saved

. More uses at HACKCOLLEGE.

2. Studyblue– digital flash card creator

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Again, not for everyone, but as a smartphone user, I’d prefer to have a digital flash card deck than a physical one.

PRO:

+ apps for iPhone and Android

+ ability to create flashcards on your mobile device(didn’t used to have, but now does. awesome)

+ can also create notes and access items from other people in your classes

CONS:

– more suited to university students as it is more likely to be used by your peers

WHAT I USE IT FOR:

. most of my more note-heavy, research intensive classes are best dealt with using the digital note summaries followed by digital flashcards

3. Open Office– productivity suite

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LOVE THIS. Moreover, it is also FREE.

PROS:

+ has word processing, spreadsheets, formula bank, drawing suite, database manager (i.e everything other productivity suites have but free)

+ can export to more commonly used formats and read/edit them too (think .doc)

CONS:

– doesn’t look as pretty as paid-for apps. But do you really care, poor college student?

WHAT I USE IT FOR:

. everything that has a need. mostly the word processor and spreadsheets are used for school projects.

4. Hackcollege (mentioned earlier)

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Also related is Lifehacker, a more general version for the everyday tech hound.

PROS:

+ various topics on life, studying, applications you should get, things you should do

+tips from fellow college students

CONS:

– may not agree with the writer’s opinions allll the time, but again, do you really care?

WHAT I USE IT FOR:

.tips on college life

.heads up on new, interesting productivity apps that make studying “smarter not harder”

5. sleepyti.me bedtime calculator

English: Students need sleep in order to study.

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 This is basically your mother in a friendly web app. Remember when you had a bedtime? 

PROS:

+ tells you when to wake up if you go to sleep now

+ tells you when to go to sleep when you have to wake up at a certain time

CONS:

-tells you that the average time it takes someone to fall asleep is 14 minutes, but does not factor that in

WHAT I USE IT FOR:

. on days when i absolutely have to get up at a certain time, this is awesome

. also, when I have all the time in the world, it’s a good indicator of when to wake up so you don’t feel like death despite all the sleep I got last night,

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