14 Apps to Boost Productivity at University

17th November 2014 Chris Clark Jobs & Careers, Study

Everyone can use that extra little productivity boost at university. Fortunately, there are hundreds of apps to give you just that.

It can be difficult to know which apps to download, however, so we have handily put together a list of some of the best apps to boost productivity whilst at university. Take a look…


Evernote is a great way of keeping track of all the things you have to do, from going to a meeting with a lecturer to remembering to pick up milk on the way home. You can easily create to-do lists as well as keep track of important things you’ve seen on the internet or even annotate photographs.

Cost: Free (premium paid versions available) Website: https://evernote.com/


Task managers might be ten a penny but few of them are like 30/30. You can set up a list of tasks and then set yourself a certain amount of time for them. This is particularly handy if you’re revising so you know when to take breaks or how long to work on a particular subject.

Cost: Free (in-app purchases available) Website: http://www.binaryhammer.com/portfolio/3030-2/


Cloud storage has been around a while now but it’s constantly evolving and is becoming ever more important. Dropbox is one of the biggest and best cloud storage apps available, making it easy to access all of your files wherever you are. What’s great about it is that no matter what device you’re using, whether it’s your phone or the computers in the library, you can access all of your documents quickly.

Cost: Free (Premium paid version available) Website: https://www.dropbox.com/

iTunes U

iTunes U is a wealth of information from leading universities and schools on a wide range of topics and subjects, which can be fantastic if you’re looking for literature and research for an assignment. It’s available in a wide range of languages from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Cost: Free    Website: https://www.apple.com/uk/education/ipad/itunes-u/


LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful and important tool for those in the business world, so being able to use it on the go is invaluable. We’ve already told you why it’s important to have a LinkedIn account, so having the app as well is also recommended so you can make contacts and network no matter where you are.

Cost: Free (Premium paid versions available)  Website: https://www.linkedin.com


For pretty much every student, exams are a necessity no matter how much we don’t like them. Examtime, however, can make revising that little bit easier and even more fun. You can create mind maps, flashcards and even quizzes to test your knowledge even when you’re out and about.

Cost: Free    Website: https://www.examtime.com/

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

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A good night’s sleep is vital if you’re to function at full capacity and the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock can help in that department. It monitors your sleep and awakens you during the lightest part of your sleep so you awake refreshed rather than tired. It also uses soothing tones and even analyses your sleep over time so you can see how well you’re sleeping and if you need more of it.

Cost: £0.69   Website: https://www.sleepcycle.com/

iStudiez Pro

A student’s life can get pretty hectic and it can become difficult to keep track of everything. iStudiez Pro has a calendar to keep track of your lectures as well as lists so you can see what work is due in and when, all in one handy package.

Cost: £1.99 (Lite version available for free)   Website: https://istudentpro.com


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Keeping fit and healthy is essential if you’re to be on the top of your game and MyFitnessPal can help you track exactly what you’re doing in terms of diet and exercise. For instance, it can track how far you’ve been running and then you can enter what you’ve eaten, creating your perfect fitness plan.

Cost: Free    Website: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/mobile/iphone


London is a big place and for new students it can be quite daunting, but Moovit can make things a little easier, helping you to plan your journey with live arrivals, timetables, maps and service alerts. It can help you master the Tube in no time and help ensure you’re on time for lectures, making you more efficient and reducing stress.

Cost: Free    Website: https://www.moovitapp.com/


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Referencing and writing a bibliography is one of the most boring and frustrating parts of writing assignments, but EasyBib can help take care of that. Either scan the barcode of the book or type in the name of it and the app will convert it into either MLA, APA or Chicago referencing. Obviously, double check it’s the same style used by your university.

Cost: Free     Website: http://www.easybib.com/


Readability is a great app for those who like to consume a lot of news or articles online. The best bit about it is that you can save webpages for viewing at a later date when you’re offline, so if you’re travelling, you can easily have a list of things to read, perfect if you just want the latest news or if you’re finding researching for assignments.

Cost: Free      Website: https://www.readability.com/

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is like having your own little notebook on your phone or tablet and can keep track of pretty much everything. Doing some sightseeing? Then you can jot down what to see. Keeping track of finances? Insert graphs and charts so it’s all easily displayed. A really powerful and useful app.

Cost: Free    Website: https://www.onenote.com/


IFTTT stands for If This Then That and is a great way of organising your device to do what you want in a quick and easy way. You can set it up so if you do certain things then your phone will automatically do something else. For example, you can set it so that when you take a photo it will automatically be saved to Dropbox, or when you reach a certain destination it will send you a reminder. Very handy indeed.

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