App stores across all operating systems are abuzz with applications designed specifically to up students’ productivity, and while there’s something to be said for going the old-school pen-and-paper route, most people appreciate the simplicity and ease that these digital assistants afford. The following apps rank high with students and professionals alike, and are likely to have a significant impact on your performance.
- Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drive
Most people use Google’s search engine on a daily basis, but not everyone makes use of their equally helpful office suite, including Google Docs (for word processing), Sheets (for spreadsheets), Slides (for presentations), and Forms (for designing forms), which allows users to work at any time, anywhere on any device. Documents produced using these applications are automatically stored in Google’s cloud storage tool, Google Drive, which offers 15GB free storage per user as well as instant document sharing and live collaboration. Documents are saved automatically as you work, so you’ll never need to worry about saving or losing your work again.
Like Google Drive, Evernote has been around for quite some time, which has only served to cement it in the hearts and hard drives of students around the world. This cloud-based organiser is cited as a digital notebook, diary, schedule, and checklist – everything a student needs to keep tabs on their lessons, assignments and exams. Popular alternatives include MyHomework and My Study Life.
- Clear and Koalcat’s Clear
Clear (Apple) and Koalcat’s Clear (Android) are bare-bones yet attractive checklist apps that allow users to add items and cross them off or delete them with a left or right swipe. These apps are ideal for those who aren’t in the market for unnecessary frills and distractions and simply want an interactive “to do” list to keep track of their assignments.
- MasterPass System
The MasterPass System, created by The Student Hub, provides thorough textbook summaries, notes, flashcards and quizzes created by university lecturers for major South African tertiary curricula. This brilliant local e-learning system and its corresponding application nix the need for textbooks, potentially saving students thousands of rands and dozens of hours summarising lengthy texts.
Pocket is another time-saver whose beauty is in its simplicity. This free application downloads articles, videos, images and other documents at a click to peruse at one’s leisure at a more convenient time. So, next time you get sidetracked by a Buzzfeed post or a fascinating YouTube video, simply Pocket it and continue undisturbed.
Referencing apps such as RefMe should be key residents in all postgrad students’ and most undergrad students’ app stores. These apps let users scan books’ barcodes and enter the URLs of articles and web pages to instantly download their citations in the referencing style of their choice. With apps like these available for free, you’d be silly not to use them for every project.
Feel free to let us know what you think of these apps, or if you want to add more to our list!