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8 Essential (Free!) Android Apps for Students

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Apps to Make Your School Life Easier

School is important and rewarding and all that jazz, but it can be really hard, especially if you haven't got the right tools at hand. Fear not, gentle student! If you use an android device - phone or tablet - you can download these apps to take some of the weight of your schoolwork off your back.

These are all apps I'm using this year to make my life easier, and so far it's going well!

Evernote

Evernote is a sort of do-everything app that lets you take notes in a variety of ways and access them across phone, tablet and desktop (or any other device you might have). It's full of features including the ability to attach PDFs, images and other things to your notes, take audio notes and insert pictures from your camera straight into a note, and more!

How To Use It:

I'm using Evernote to take all my class notes this year and I can't recommend it highly enough. I don't have to worry about my notes going missing and I can access them wherever I want.

If you create a notebook for each subject and a new note for every week, plus side notes for stuff like assignments or important things you'll need to reference a lot, you'll be able to keep track of everything you're doing and when it comes time to revise for exams, you'll be a step ahead.

Take photos of class handouts and attach them to that week's lesson and you'll never lose them.

Record lectures and other audio commentary and keep it with your notes so you'll have it to refer to.

Basically, do everything you could with a physical notebook, but do it better and more efficiently.

Coffitivity

Coffitivity is a little app with one simple purpose - to provide café-themed white-noise and help with creativity. Studies have shown that the brain basically works best when there's no distracting noises around, but also not in total silence. That's where Coffitivity, with its soothing background noise, comes in.

How To Use It:

I don't know about you guys, but my school library is probably the loudest place on earth. It's really not conducive to study unless your brain is distraction-proof. I like to put on Coffitivity and some instrumental music with my headphones in while I work to drown out the sounds around me without being too distracting. It's also great for other environments where you need the resources - like, say, you need the coffee, or the food - but you could do without the noise.

It's much easier to study when you can hear yourself think.

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Timetable

Timetable is a visually attractive, easy-to-use app that keeps track of your class timetable, with a variety of options to make it useful for a number of timetabling situations - like rotating weeks.

How To Use It:

Record your timetable in it, obviously! Timetable also allows you to add homework and exams for your classes, which it will keep you up to date about. My favourite feature by far, though, is that if you set it up that way, Timetable will automatically mute your phone while you're in a scheduled class, so you don't have to worry about it going off in class ever again!

Pocket

Pocket is an app that lets you save articles you find on the web to a plain-text format so you can read them easily on your phone or tablet, on the go! The app works best when used in conjunction with the matching Chrome app, so you can save stuff on your desktop at home and read it when you're on the move.

How To Use It:

See an article that might be handy for a school assignment later? Need to catch up on your readings while you're on the train in? Pocket is perfect for that. It allows you to tag articles whatever way you want, mark them as read, get rid of them when you don't need them any more or keep them around as long as you like. It's a tiny, handy app that saves you making dozens of bookmarks and makes reading web articles on mobile devices much, much easier.

Units

Units is a unit converter app that allows you to convert between almost any two units you can imagine.

How To Use It:

Need to know how many Fahrenheit in 30 Celsius? Need to convert miles to kilometers? Unit is a quick and easy way to do it without having to look it up on Google. Saves time and effort, so if you're doing anything where you need to convert between units, it's an invaluable tool. Besides, it's a tiny app, so you might as well have it at hand!

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Real Calc Scientific Calculator

Real Calc is a scientific calculator for your phone or tablet!

How To Use It:

I don't think this really needs an explanation, but: use it as a calculator! The free version of Real Calc has most of the functions you'll need for most subjects, and even the full version is priced much more reasonably than an actual scientific calculator. Plus, you're not going to forget your phone, are you? Never be without a scientific calculator again.

Google Drive

If you're an Android user you probably already know what Google Drive is - it's cloud storage for all your docs, photos, and just about any other file. Having the app on your phone or tablet lets you access your stuff anywhere and the app itself connects to a lot of others for backup and remote access.

How To Use It:

Back up your stuff! No, seriously, back up your stuff. Don't lose hours of work on an assignment because of a computer malfunction, don't lose a file you need ever again. If you've ever lost an assignment to computer screwiness you know how important backups are. If you haven't, back your stuff up so you never have to know the horror of losing an important file.

Also, access everything you need to access wherever you need to access it. This can be really handy if you want to work on stuff on the go, especially for group work - since Google documents can be accessed by more than one person, they're a great way to plan and divide group projects. I know, no one likes them, but Google Drive can make them less awful.

Google Calendar

Google Calender is a full-featured calendar app that automagically syncs your events across your devices.

How To Use It:

Keep track of assignments, untimetabled classes, study meetings, student movie nights, lunch dates and whatever else you need to be reminded of. Pretty self-explanatory, but if you're an Andriod user, Google Calendar really is the best option for a calender app.

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Got a Favourite Andriod App for School? Tell Us!

Mrinal Saha from Jaipur,India on August 04, 2014:

Evernote and pocket are my favorite. Would try rest of them..

Thanks for this article, Saving this article to pocket :)

Kristy LeAnn from Princeton, WV on May 19, 2014:

This is a great list. I've never heard of HabitRPG but it sounds really cool. I'm going to download it right now actually and try it out. =)

leoban-gray from Central Illinois on March 01, 2014:

I am actually planning on going back to school fairly soon. I'll have to try a few of these apps!

Cecil Wilde (author) from Melbourne, Australia on February 27, 2014:

My way of telling which app is better has pretty much been to play with a few and pick between them. It's not especially scientific or anything and I imagine other people would make different lists.

I think there's a better variety of apps for Android because it's totally open source (and it's been around significantly longer than Windows 8). I don't know how easy it is to create a Windows 8 app, but I'm secure in the knowledge that if I needed an Andriod app for a specific thing it would be within my mediocre coding powers to do it.

I'm guessing I'm not alone there, hence the volume.

Tim Anthony on February 27, 2014:

Android is loaded with such helpful apps. I am waiting for some to come on Windows tablets. Android apps are available in a variety and often, you get the same service by many apps. It is difficult to tell which is better?

Cecil Wilde (author) from Melbourne, Australia on February 27, 2014:

Oh, I just use Evernote for things I'd normally do in Notepad other than really quick HTML coding. That way I never have to worry about losing anything.

bfilipek on February 27, 2014:

@queerlyobscure I was thinking about Notepad in Windows/OS, but you are right that real "notebook" is also very usable! :)

Cecil Wilde (author) from Melbourne, Australia on February 27, 2014:

Dropbox is also great! It's only that Google Drive offers more space for free that would make me recommend it instead.

But I never leave home without a notebook and pen, either.

bfilipek on February 26, 2014:

I use dropbox to sync files across different devices and Sci Calc... but surprisingly a good old notepad is sometimes everything you need :)

Cecil Wilde (author) from Melbourne, Australia on February 25, 2014:

Habit RPG has literally changed my life. No lie.

Tammie Hardrick from Illinois on February 25, 2014:

I could not live without Evernote. It is like an electronic trapper keeper.

Natasha Peters on February 25, 2014:

Wow, great list. I'd have to say, HabitRPG looks like it would be my favourite (I love RPGs). It seems incredibly silly, but still incredible.

Up & awesome! :)