Best Back-to-School Apps for Students


Let’s face it; students spend a lot of time on their phones. Since the invention of cell phones, teachers have been at war with phone use in the class – France just banned smartphones in public school. We won’t debate the pitfalls of smartphones in the classroom, but that shouldn’t take away from cellphones use outside of the class. Students make plans, socialize, and create content on their phones, so they are already savvy users. For this reason, we’ve made a list of four back to school apps for students (READ: 5 Awesome SAT Apps).

While social media apps take up most of their time, there are apps out there that can be beneficial for schoolwork. From math to time-management, apps are an excellent resource for students to utilize a technology that is too often detrimental to their studies.

1. My Study Life

This one is perfect for college students who are expected to manage a busy schedule of courses and classwork. Think of My Study Life as a virtual planner that offers a calendar for classwork as well as reminders of upcoming tests and projects. With many different courses, it’s easy to forget something important. With this app, you won’t need to worry about any unwanted surprises.

2. Quizlet

Have a big exam coming up that requires you to memorize a substantial amount of information? Save time making paper flashcards with this digital flashcard app. You can either search through millions of study sets on the app or create your own set. According to its site, “more than 95% of students who learn with Quizlet report improved grades.” We like the sound of that!

3. SimpleMind

Don’t misinterpret the name of this app, as it indeed isn’t for simple-minded students. SimpleMind offers a different form of studying for students who prefer mind mapping a course’s material. Check out this example of how to create a mind map of a book summary.

4. SelfControl

Sometimes it’s just best to get away from the distractions on your phone and laptop. In this case, it’s smart to block distracting websites instead of telling yourself you won’t check Instagram – trust us, you will. Simply type in the sites you want to be blocked and set a timer. For example, if you’re going to block Facebook for two hours while you finish your paper, SelfControl is your app.

We hope these four back-to-school apps make your transition back to student life a bit smoother. Don’t forget to book your San Diego back-to-school tutor today.

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