Study Apps Every College Student Should Be Using

Your smartphone doesn’t need to be a source of distraction. It can be a great tool to help you do better in school. To that end, we have compiled a list of the best study apps we think every student should have on their phone.

Exam Countdown

Juggling five classes and five different sets of deadlines is one of the most challenging parts of college. There is no worse feeling than spending all week working on a paper and then realizing that you didn’t study for an exam that upcoming Monday. Exam Countdown is a simple way to keep track of exam and homework dates. Load the exam, assignment or any other deadline into the app as soon as you hear about it and the app will start a countdown. It will automatically organize them in chronological order of deadlines so you can always know what to work on next. You can color-code exams and create countdown timers ranging from minutes to days. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.

Cold Turkey

One of the best ways to improve your GPA using your phone is to simply use it less. With so many notifications from so many apps, it’s easy to waste valuable study time. Cold Turkey is the app to use for when you need to just block out everything and study. You can block selected sites for an extended period of time, from 15 minutes to 24 hours. The best part about the app is that you can’t disable it until the timer ends. The app is available for Android, Windows, and Mac.


At some point in college, you’re going to need to spend some time memorizing something. Memrise helps create visual mnemonics for everything from foreign language vocabulary to the periodic table. Co-founded by a top World Memory Championship competitor the app uses the proven concept of visually assisted memorization. The app allows you to assign images to terms you’re trying to memorize to help remember. This app is a great supplement to your flashcard decks and is totally free. You can download it on Android and iOS.


We’ve mentioned Quizlet in a past article about website every college should know about. So it should be no surprise that we’re also recommending the app. Pretty much every student is going to use flashcards at some point and Quizlet makes that so much easier. The app syncs your flashcards across all your devices so you can review whenever you have some spare time. The other awesome thing about Quizlet is that it publicly shares all flashcards that students make (unless that student chooses to make them private). So chances are you can find an existing set of flashcards for what you’re studying. The app is available and Android and iOS.

Dragon Dictation

Do you ever just need a break from typing? Between sending emails, writing up notes and types papers you’re going to writing all the time. Dragon Dictation is a voice-to-text app which allows you to write papers, send emails and even text using just voice. You can use it to dictate your handwritten notes when you’re reviewing them after a class so you don’t have to keep switching between reading notes and types notes. This app is available on iOS.


The unofficial company mission of Evernote is to be the note taking app which eliminates all note taking apps. Evernote is the king of note taking apps, with a feature set that combines bookmarking, composing, clipping and more. You could even use it for to-do lists if need to ditch all the todo list apps taking up space on your mobile device. It’s really easy to keep things organized and all your information is synced across your devices so you never have to worry about losing your information. The app is available and Android and iOS.

Easy Bib

Most students have probably already used Easy Bib to cite an article they found online. The Easy Bib app does the same thing but for physical books. Using the app you can scan the barcode of the book or magazine or journal you’re reading and the app will automatically generate a citation for you. The app is available for Android and iOS.

RealCalc Scientific Calculator

Does anyone else think it’s odd that student still carry around a bulky 512 kB of Flash ROM graphing calculators while they have a super computer in their pocket? While the TI-83 was an engineering marvel in 1996 they’re far less impressive today. Your phone is capable of performing all the calculation of a graphing calculator and more. While you might still need an old fashion calculator for exam keeping this app will give you one less thing to carry around. The app is available on both Android and iOS.