Student apps: We picked 20 of them!

by | Apr 25, 2021

Apart from essential student apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google, and Outlook. There are plenty of other student apps that are available in both Android and IOS, that can help you to study better and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

From productivity to research to planning, we have listed 20 applications based on various useful purposes for students!

The all in one campus student app

1.) uWave

uWave

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Price: Free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

uWave is applicable for students from all 4 Polytechnics and the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.

With uWave, you can make friends through campus discussions and even sell your used textbooks! You could view your class timetables and review modules too.

Furthermore, bus timings are also available in the app, so you don’t have to look into a separate bus app for that.

Student apps that help you stay productive

The following are student apps to keep you focused and away from distractions.

2.) Forest: Stay focused

Must have apps: Forest

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Price: Free for Android (S$2.99 for Pro Version), S$2.98 for IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

This productivity app allows users to set focus timers to grow virtual plants. Timers can range from 10 minutes to 2 hours.

Although it’s free for Android users, the Pro version offers more functions.

For instance, one function that exists in the Pro version is that if you leave the app, your virtual plant will die.

With the Pro version, you can also plant virtual trees with your friends. If one of you leaves the app, both of your virtual plants will die. It’s a great way to be productive with your friends.

You can even plant a real tree using this app! The creators of Forest: Stay focused partners with a real-tree planting organization, which creates planting orders from users who spend virtual coins in the app.

Why not use this chance to give back to the Earth while doing something productive?

3.) Focus Plant – Pomodoro timer

Must have apps: Focus plant

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Price: Completely free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Focus Plant – Pomodoro timer, is a great alternative to Forest: Stay focused. But if you’re on a budget and an iPhone user, you can try this instead!

Unlike Forest: Stay focused, you set your focus timers to collect raindrops to water and grow virtual plants. Similarly, leaving the app will cause your raindrops to be lost and your timers can be set from 5 minutes to 3 hours.

Furthermore, the app contains the Pomodoro timer instructions, which informs the users of the Pomodoro Technique.

Pomodoro Technique is a time management method, which helps to prevent procrastination and boost productivity. You can read more about it here!

Generally, both student apps serve the same purpose, which provides incentives for you to stay focused on your tasks.

Student apps for organisation

The following lists student planning apps that help to organise tasks and set reminders.

4.) MinimaList

Must have apps for students: MinimList

Price: Free for Android and IOS (Both upgradable to Pro Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

MinimaList doesn’t have too many details, and it’s simple to use. If you’re a minimalist, then this is the perfect app for you.

The app allows you to create tasks and set focus timers for any duration that you want. It even consists of background sounds for you to listen to, while you engage in your tasks!

This is an app for students because it maintains a clean interface while allowing you to stay organised and on track with your tasks.

However, the app provides more functions in the Pro version. Some examples include setting location-based reminders and customising your app theme.

5.) Any.do

Must have apps for students: Any.do

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 Price: Free for Android and IOS (Both upgradable to Pro Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Any.do has a clean and intuitive design. It automatically syncs with your phone’s calendar app and you can input tasks for each day. This helps give your life some structure and order.

Furthermore, it has a grocery list that you can share with others too!

The widget comes with a calendar view and drop-down list of your daily tasks, making it very useful for reminders. Furthermore, the app is also available on your desktop.

With the Pro version, you could create a group with your friends to share and assign specific tasks. This will come in handy for project work as everyone’s work is sorted out. Especially, when everyone has to work remotely or aren’t free to meet up.

 

6.) Todoist: To-Do List, Tasks & Reminders

Must have apps for students: Todoist

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Both upgradable to Pro version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Todoist is one of the most popular organisation student apps.

The app allows you to input tasks and organise them in groups. You may indicate its priority level and add sub-tasks as well.

Similar to Any.do, it is available on desktop. It even allows sharing of tasks with your friends too. But, the free version can only allow up to 5 people, whereas the Pro version can allow up to 25.

If you choose to upgrade to the Pro version, you could utilise more functions. Some examples include analysing productivity trends and setting unlimited location-based scheduled reminders.

Student apps for Note-taking

7.) Notability

Must have apps for students: Notability

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Price: S$12.98
Available on: Applestore

Notability is a popular note-taking apps for the iPad. It consists of several functions.

It allows you to create multimedia notes, where you can write and record your lectures at the same time. You can even view your notes, side by side!

These functions are also incorporated in the app together, so it’s very useful for students who want to revisit past lectures and read their digitally written notes simultaneously for revision.

We’ve written a review on the best note-taking apps for students. You can read more about notability and other note-taking apps here!

8.) Nebo

Must have student apps: Nebo

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Price: $15.99 for Android, free for IOS (Upgradable to Pro Version),
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Nebo is a great alternative to Notability, and is also similar to it. It has a simplistic design and lets you create unlimited pages within a notebook.

Furthermore, Nebo gives you the option to purchase various features individually.

For example, if you want to create unlimited amounts of notebooks, that will only cost you S$2.98. If you want to import, export and annotate PDFs, it will cost you another $5.98.

Unlike Notability, it requires a one-time app purchase to gain access to all of these features.

9.) Notebook – Take Notes, Sync

Must have apps for students: Notebook

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Price: Completely free
Available on: Applestore and Playstore

Notebook is similar to another popular note-taking app, GoodNotes 5. You may read more about Goodnotes 5 in this review.

The app allows you to import, export, and annotate PDFs for free! Moreover, you can create unlimited notebooks and customise these notebook covers as well!

Within each notebook, you may even record and note your tasks too. However, they would be stored as individual files in the notebook, unlike Notability.

This app is rather unique compared to other popular note-taking apps, and a great choice if you’re on a budget.

Student apps for school

The following are some student apps that can help students with their assignments, reports and homework!

10.) Grammarly

Must have apps for students: Grammarly

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium, only on desktop)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Grammarly is a digital writing assistant tool that mainly checks on your grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Thankfully, these basic functions are free, making this app perfect for students.

Grammarly is mostly used on web interfaces. But you can still use Grammarly on your phone with its basic functions on your keyboard.

The app is also upgradable to the premium version that offers a variety of features. But this is only available for the web interface.

Some example features you can enjoy with Grammarly Premium are tone adjustments, plagiarism checks, and additional advanced suggestions.

However, even with the free version of Grammarly, you are guaranteed to write better for your school essays!

11.) Photomath

Must have apps for students: Photomath

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Price: Free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Are you weak in Mathematics? Don’t worry, Photomath has got your back!

This student app is a ‘camera calculator’, which allows you to take images of your math questions. Upon doing so, step-by-step solutions will be produced for you in seconds!

However, only mathematical equation questions are applicable.

With this app, you no longer have to be concerned about your school teacher scolding you for getting the answers wrong.

Student apps for research

The following are student apps that will be helpful for students who are in search of research papers.

12.) ResearchGate

Must have apps for students: Research Gate

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version)
Available on: Applestore

ResearchGate is a commercial social networking platform for scientists and researchers for sharing, collaborating, and engaging in scientific discussions.

In this student app, you can discover scientific knowledge, research papers and connect with other researchers!

It is mostly used by users on the web interface but the mobile app can come in handy too when you have no access to your laptop.

The app is available for download in the AppleStore but not in PlayStore. If you’re an Android user and are interested in using ResearchGate, you can download it by following the instructions here!

13.) Researcher: Academic Journals

Must have apps for students: Researcher academic journal

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Price: Free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Researcher: Academic Journals consist of more than 15,000 scholarly journals that you can discover.

Unlike ResearchGate, you cannot connect with researchers or scientists, as the usage of this app is personal. The app is mainly for reading and discovering new journals that align with your interest.

If you aren’t a researcher, but someone who’s interested in gaining scientific knowledge, you will enjoy this app too.

Student apps for self-care

The following lists student apps that you can use to adopt a healthier lifestyle!

Sometimes, we are so focused on self-development that we forgot to take care of our health.

14.) Fabulous: Daily Self Care

Must have apps for students: Fabulous daily self-care

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Fabulous: Daily Self Care is a mental health app and has an artistic design.

The app keeps track of your habits and creates routines, which can be personalised. It even consists of images, music, and alarms that are mostly enjoyed by current app users.

Fabulous: Daily Self Care also comes with a library of meditation and exercise routines that you can follow.

Ultimately, the app helps you to adopt more healthy habits gradually, through personal reminders.

15.) Plant Nanny²

Must have apps for students: Plantnanny

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Plant Nanny² is a water reminder app. It will send you notifications to remind yourself to drink up.

The app will calculate the amount of water your body weight requires to stay hydrated, judging by your fitness level.

Each time you drink a glass of water, you will be watering a virtual plant, while earning clovers. These clovers are like a point system, you can exchange them with customisable pots and decorations for your virtual plants.

16.) Flo

Must have apps for students: Flo

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Flo is a period tracking app for females. Each time your period comes, all you have to do is input the days that you were on your period, and it will predict when the next cycle of your period will start.

The more data you feed into the app, the more accurate the predictions will be! Furthermore, you can chat with other users and discuss female health problems.

But only with the premium version, would you have access to more content. Some examples include advanced health assistant chats, video courses with medical experts, and even health articles.

Student apps to manage your expenses

The following are student apps that provide an overview of your spendings!

17.) Money Manager

Money Manager

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version)
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Money Manager has a simplistic and clean design. You can track your expenses daily, weekly, and even in a monthly manner.

Your expenses can also be viewed based on their categories in pie charts. You can even export your data from the app, to an excel file!

The app is easy to use and doesn’t have many complex functions too. If you need an app to view your expenses only, then this is the perfect app for you. 

18.) Monny

Must have apps for students: Monny

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Price: Free for Android and IOS (Upgradable to Premium Version
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

Monny works the same way as Money Manager, except it comes with a cute and elegant design. It allows you to personalise and customise saving goals too.

You can even set your challenges and view a comprehensive report of your expenses.

However, with the Premium Version, you will have access to various analytics of your expenses. The app even produces a yearly trend graph for you!

Student apps that can earn you money!

The following are student apps that can help you save better and earn money without consuming too much of your time.

19.) Shopback

Must have apps for students: Shopback

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Price: Free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

ShopBack links to your bank card and you can receive a percentage of your purchase amount for certain purchases that you make online! This amount is also known as ‘Cashback’.

The app informs you of flash deals and challenges you can attempt to receive extra cash rewards.

You can earn cashbacks from several shops. Some examples include Shopee, Lazada, Foodpanda, and even Fairprice!

20.) BuzzBreak

Must have apps for students: Buzzbreak

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Price: Free for Android and IOS
Available on: Playstore and Applestore

BuzzBreak is an app that allows you to read the news and earn free cash!

You can read news articles and watch videos to earn points, which will be converted into cash. It is an easy way to earn money and it doesn’t consume much storage or ram in your phone either.

This app will be enjoyable when you are bored and you can even double your points on Wednesdays!

For student apps, ultimately…

You need to put in the effort to yield the maximum benefit of these apps. It’s important to maintain a certain level of discipline. Otherwise, simply downloading them would be pointless.

We tend to spend most of our time on smartphones and it will be good to try some of these apps to adopt a healthier and more productive lifestyle.

So, why not start now and embark on a journey of self-improvement!