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13 Must-Have Study Apps for College Students

Posted by Greg Lindberg on Jul 21, 2017 8:02:00 AM

When people say “there’s an app for that,” they’re probably not kidding. In today’s mobile world, there are apps for literally everything under the sun, from music to on-demand food delivery to turning off the lights in your house when you’re on that Caribbean cruise.

If you’re a college student looking to beef up your study skills and improve your grades on assignments and exams, there are plenty of apps for that, too. Here are 13 of the best apps out there:

1. iTunes University

Looking for free lectures and other content from some of the most prestigious schools in the country to improve your studying? iTunes University is just for you. In fact, there’s a chance your own professors distribute their lectures through this portal.

Harvard and Stanford are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the universities from which content is posted. This means if you’re struggling in a course at your local college or university, hop on the app to get a lowdown on whatever topic you find challenging for further discussion and explanation from leading instructors.

Content on this app is available in text form, audio, and video.

Platform(s): Apple iOS

2. iStudiez Lite/iStudiez Pro

Are you the type of person who needs a GPS to help guide you where you’re going? You’re not alone.

Much like a GPS for transportation purposes, iStudiez Lite can help you map out your semester so you know what path lies ahead.

If you use the free iStudiez Lite app, you can manage up to 5 courses each semester. This includes managing the assignments and exams you’re required to complete in each course, along with instructor contact information. You can even set up alarms to help you keep track of everything.

iStudiez Pro is a very inexpensive version that lets you use push notifications and removes the limitations of the free version.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Mac OS (computers)


With over 2 million words, not only is this app handy for definitions, but you can also find synonyms, antonyms, word origins, and so much more with just a few taps on your smartphone screen.

Through in-app purchases, you can gain access to a medical dictionary for any science majors out there, an encyclopedia, and lots of other features.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

4. Coursera

Looking to gain an edge in one or more of your college courses? The answer just might be Coursera.

This is both a mobile app and a website from which students – or any learner – can access a wide variety of course materials. These materials come from various colleges and universities.

If you want to either supplement what you’re learning in class or get a jump on certain topics before your professors cover them, this app and site can be a tremendous resource. You can simply search through documents and other materials, or you can embark on full-fledged courses via the Coursera portal.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

5. Quizlet

Flashcards are an old-fashioned yet very effective way to study, memorize, and learn new concepts.

This app for general studies on a large array of academic subjects has millions of flashcard sets for users of all levels. Plus, you can create your own flash cards, which are customizable to fit whatever you’re studying.

Add pictures and audio to your flash cards as well to make studying a little more engaging. Additionally, you may be able to import the content you create within Quizlet into other flashcard apps.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

6. MyScript Smart Note

This app will allow you to handwrite notes right on your favorite tablet of choice. Then it can literally transform your handwriting into digital text. Experts say it’s the smartest app for being able to recognize all types of handwriting, and it can even pick up on written words in several different languages.

Believe it or not, you can even edit the handwriting you insert into the app. There are also options to include elements like images, audio files, and PDFs if they are stored in a cloud-based system like Dropbox.

For additional features, you can spend a few dollars to expand the app’s functionality.

Platform(s): Apple iOS, Google Android

7. Evernote

Widely considered one of the most useful apps for college students, Evernote is perfect for taking notes in class and then organizing them for studying purposes. From bookmarking to clipping and everything in between, you can manipulate the notes you take to fit the most effective study method for you.

Evernote also comes with plugins for your device’s web browser and is compatible with other mobile apps.

Upgrade the free version for more storage space.

Platform(S): Apple iOS, Google Android

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Topics: Studying, Mobile apps

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