Best Apps for College Students

Open Google Play or the App Store and you’ll find literally thousands of options for apps to download from games to fitness trackers to finance management and more. Apps can be fun time wasters, or they can be practical, helping you manage all aspects of your life. We know that students are, like nearly everyone now, use their cell phones to keep track of class schedules, stay in touch with friends, take notes, and more.

Student Using Phone

With literally thousands of apps available in the Google and App stores, great apps may fall through the cracks. Or maybe you have an app on your phone right now that can be used in a way you hadn’t considered. I talked with students, asking about their most-used apps - the ones they couldn’t survive college without - and listed some of the most popular ones here along with some others recommended by our staff.

Quizlet

Quizlet

Many students are already aware of this app and use it already. But although you may know how to use Quizlet in the traditional way of creating your own quizzes, you can also use Quizlet to search for pre-made quizzes. Search for the subject you are studying, and you can often find very helpful sets that work great as practice tests. It’s also a great way to work with classmates - creating sets for a class and sharing with each other so more information can be added is a great way of studying as a group.

EasyBib

EasyBib

EasyBib is a great, easy-to-use mobile citation maker. Creating citations takes a lot of time, but EasyBib is a simple way to help you shorten the time spent on it. They offer many citation styles to choose from (including APA). Just be sure to double check the citations to make sure they match the required style exactly.

Chegg eReader

Chegg

Chegg eReader is an awesome app for students who are constantly on the go. Sometimes you have to fit a short study session in between your busy schedule and Chegg eReader is a great way to do this. It allows you to have all your textbooks on your phone, so you can fit a quick study session anytime and anywhere. It’s also great because you always have your textbooks with you, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them at home.

Canvas

Canvas

Here at ADU, Canvas is what students use to track grades, turn in assignments, and everything else related to school. Having this app on your phone is great because you can check your grades anytime and it allows you to stay up-to-date with your classes no matter where you are.

Todoist

ToDoist

With millions of downloads, this is one of the most popular to-do list apps available. Besides letting you keep track of everything, it’s easy to use, visually appealing, and allows you to organize tasks by type and color-coding for easy searching. It also integrates with over 60+ popular apps like Dropbox, Slack, and more. It’s a great way for students to capture assignment due dates and free up mental space during your busy school week.

Pinterest

Pinterest

“Pinterest is one of my favorite apps. I use it for study tips, visual examples for concepts we learn in class, and other random information. It’s a great place to find easy cheap recipes, as well as grocery lists, and meal prep ideas. They have templates to print so you can create your own planners, and so much more. I go to Pinterest before I even go to Google sometimes depending on what I am looking for. It’s a great app for school and just for life in general, but it’s definitely a huge help for college students who have recently moved away from home.” -Paige Scheffer, ADU Nursing Student

Cash App

Cash App

Cash App is also a great app for students to have as it provides an easy way to send or request money from your friends. Whether you left your wallet at home or can’t split the check, this is a great way to be able to pay your friends, so you don’t have to miss out on a meal.

Saunders Drug Handbook (for Nursing students)

Saunders Nursing Drung Handbook

Saunders Drug Handbook is a required textbook for the nursing program here at ADU, but it is a great tool to have on your phone too. If you have questions about a drug or need to find out quick information, it’s always there. Although it does cost $40 for the lifetime membership it is a great tool that you can use even after you graduate and are working in the field.

“I love having the Saunders Drug handbook app on my phone. I think it’s a great way to get information fast, I use it for my databases or just at any point in time where I don’t have my book and I need to refresh my memory. As a nurse you will never memorize all the drugs, once in awhile you will come across one that you don’t recognize. Having this handbook on my phone will make it so much easier to find out what I need to know about medications that I will be administering.” -Julianne Payton, ADU Nursing student

What other apps can you not live without as a student? WI’d love to hear your suggestions so that I can share more great apps for students in the future. Drop me a line at lisa.esser@adu.edu with your “must download” apps for college-aged students!

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