With 2.56 million apps (and counting!) competing for your attention in the digital stratosphere, a section of the app industry is now focusing, more than ever, on students and their needs. Whether you’re the type of student who needs an app to wake up in the morning or one that will enable you to stay ahead of the curve, you can rest assured that you’ll find that life-saving app on both Google Play and the App Store.

Let’s explore which apps are changing the game for students worldwide.

Revision apps

Making a successful revision app requires the development team to develop an application that’s equal parts fun and educational. Fortunately, the following apps have managed to crack this code, making them some of the most talked-about revision apps on the market.

StudyBlue is the perfect app for all those students who love to use flashcards. It uses your course information to generate flashcards, which you can then use to test your subject knowledge. GoConqr offers more options: in addition to flashcards, you can create personalised revision charts, mind maps, notes and quizzes, which you can then share with your friends and classmates via the app itself.

Organisation apps

Time management is crucial when it comes to balancing your studies and your social life. This tiresome balancing act perfectly explains why planner apps have become increasingly popular among students in recent years. In addition to saving paper, planner apps are more accurate as they work in tandem with your device’s clock and calendar to send reminder and alerts straight to your phone. Timetable (Android) has a user-friendly interface that enables you to input dates and schedules while the app does the rest of the admin work. For a more familiar, spreadsheet-style interface, opt for My Class Schedule (available Android) or Class Timetable (iOS).

Video Calling Apps

Covid-19 has led to the digitisation of lecture halls. Zoom is, by far, the most popular software for small-scale to large-scale conference calls. Fortunately, Zoom has developed an app that works on both iOS and Android. Ensure that you download it and test it out before the actual lecture to avoid any connectivity issues. The Zoom app is super easy to use, and it empowers you to stay connected to your teachers and your peers from the comfort of your home.

Other popular video calling apps include Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Facebook Messenger.

Other helpful apps

The following apps do not fit in the above categories. That being said, this doesn’t mean that they’re not a crucial addition to any device!

Oxford English Dictionary – the free, ad-supported and paid, no-ad versions both have the same function, i.e. to look words up. The Oxford English Dictionary tradition has more than 150 years of research behind it. It’s widely known as being the highest authority when it comes to the study and reference of the English language.

Dropbox for mobile – allows you to store, view, edit and upload files in photo, document and video format.

Google Drive – the go-to, online storage system for more than 1 billion users.

Penultimate – an award-winning digital handwriting app that allows you to “lose the paper” and “keep the handwriting”.

Socrative – an app that enables teachers to create online quizzes for their students and create a closed, online community for their classroom.