Proven Apps for Students: Productivity and Learning

Your smartphone can be used for more than calls, SMS, YouTube, casual internet browsing and Facebook.

Make the best use of your smartphone, by using AmigoTip’s proven apps, to help you be more productive in your studies and in life.

(What do I mean by ‘proven’? It means that I have been using them personally since college, and so can vouch for them!)

Best and most important of all: These 5 apps are all free!

1. Calendar – aCalendar.

aCalendar screenshot

Yes, it is the simplest calendar out there. Yes, each colour represent a goal. (And yes, this poor soul was rejected by Emily… because life).

aCalendar is simply the best calendar app that we have found, for tracking and logging your goals. You can even customise the colours of each of your calendars (/goals), with eye-popping colours.

Yes, your smartphone (like a Samsung Galaxy S5, or an iPhone 5s) most likely also has a calendar. However when you add events to it without taking the further steps of specifying the times, they are simply not optimised for viewing; they are shown as tiny specs in the monthly view.

aCalendar is definitely not the most fanciest. However it doesn’t have to be fancy; it is small, light, and does it’s job very well, by showing your event in a straight-forward, simple way.

AmigoTip: Sync it to your Google Calendar account, so that you can track and log your goals much more easily.

Download aCalendarGet it on Google Play

2. Note taking – Google Keep.

Need to note something down? Don’t fret – Just start writing with Google Keep. Your notes will save automatically online, and you can access your notes on your desktop later.

Google Keep. Better than the rest due to its no-nonsense simplicity.

Pick from one of the few background colours to keep your notes categorised, without losing yourself with too many categories.

You can even make it remind of you of your notes!

Google Keep, for easy note taking and reminding.

Goole Keep… for Spanish 101. Setting up a reminder, for tomorrow morning.

AmigoTip: Keep a widget on your home screen, for the easiest, one-tap accessibility for note taking.

Download Google KeepGet it on Google Play

3. Office suite / Document manipulation – Microsoft Office (app).

You may be thinking, “Why not Google Docs?” Here are your answers:

  • Firstly, to save you from confusion, Google Docs is incorporated in Google Drive. Also, you can sill use Google Drive to keep your work.
  • Your work (uploaded to, say, Google Drive, from uni / work / home) was most likely made using Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • When you open up your work on Google Docs (through Google Drive), the formatting will most likely not be correct – your tables especially will be out of whack, and the spacing / font / sizing will also probably be changed.
  • (For group collaborative work, however, Google Docs is recommended when you are on a desktop. You simply can’t beat real-time group editing of documents online – amazing.)
  • Bottom line: Google Docs causes headaches when editing your own work, as your work’s formatting won’t be correct.

    On the Microsoft Office app, formatting of your work is as it should look.

    On the Microsoft Office app, the formatting of your work is the same as on a desktop, unlike in Google Docs.

With the Microsoft Office app, you can obviously view and edit on your smartphone. The difference to Google Docs, however, is that your work will display as they should appear, like on a desktop.

You can still use Google Drive to keep your files, but for the reasons above, download and use Microsoft Office to open, view and edit your files / work.

AmigoTip: Remember to save your work, like you would do on a desktop; the app doesn’t always save automatically.

Download Microsoft OfficeGet it on Google Play

4. Saving articles – Pocket. 

What is Pocket? It is an app and browser plugin  that allows you to save websites at the click of a button.

On the Pocket app, it even reads your saved articles for you, in an English, American or other accent.

You may be thinking, “I can already save articles and websites, using bookmarks”. That is true. However, you must log in to the Chrome internet browser, from a public computer to see your bookmarks, assuming that you even have a Chrome account (which, lets be frank – you’ve never bothered doing). Also, your bookmarks can’t read your articles for you.

Let Pocket read for you.

Save this article with Pocket, and let it read for you. Reading? Na, just chill on the bus and listen…

Saving articles and websites is too easy with Pocket:

  1. Save the website / article by clicking on the Pocket button (which you have installed), on your browser at home or work.
  2. View it later on a computer, or listen to it being read out loud on your phone, on the way back home in the evening.

AmigoTip: Reading is tedious sometimes; let the English lady read for you.

Download PocketGet it on Google Play

5. Learn your notes – Quizlet.

Quizlet. Make quizzes for yourself (which double-up as your study materials). Quiz yourself on your phone (as well as on your computer), and share your quizzes around.

Quizlet makes learning easy.

Make quizzes. Share quizzes. Test yourself, and let it repeat the harder questions.

Things you can do with Quizlet:

  1. Make quizzes, very quickly and easily.
  2. Share your quizzes.
  3. Do your own quizzes, or your classmates’ quizzes, on a Desktop website.
  4. Do these quizzes, on a smartphone on the bus.
  5. Do more than quizzes… such as matching and other games.

Quizlet will also remember which questions you get wrong, and will repeat them until you learn get them right!

AmigoTip: Write your quizzes on a computer (online), because typing’s easier on a computer than a smartphone.

Download QuizletGet it on Google Play

That’s it; 5 apps that have helped me stay productive, and learn during college; they can help you too.

What apps are essential for you for productivity and learning?

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