College is considered to be one of the best years of a person’s life. It is a time when people discover themselves, and figure out what they want to do with their lives. But being a college student is stressful. Scrambling to meet deadlines, pulling all-nighters to study for exams, and at the same time managing internships and keeping up with extracurriculars is usually what a typical day in the life of a college student looks like. But now, things have changed. Classes have become virtual, and this makes it even harder for a student to learn, with materials not being as easily available as they used to be, along with the many distractions that come along with attending classes at home. 

So, with these things in mind, here is a list of apps that will help you get through your online classes:

Apps for focus 

1. Forest

Available on: Android and iOS.

Cost: Free

Features:

  •  Keeps you productive by preventing you from opening other apps on your phone. 
  • Open the app and set a timer to plant a seed that will keep growing as long as you don’t close the app. The moment you close it, your tree dies and you will have to start over. 
  • Create a room and invite other people to do it with you.
  • Browser extension which can be downloaded on your PC. What makes the extension different is that you can specify the sites you want to stay away from.
  •  Very simple and cute interface. 
  •  Gain coins every time your tree grows fully without interruption and use it to purchase other types of plants.
  • Get an opportunity to plant a real tree after you get 2500 coins. The app works in partnership with Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization based in Maryland that works with families in sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • View graphs that track your weekly progress and a timeline of all the plants you grew and the ones you killed.

2. Pomodoro Timer

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Simple design
  • Duration is adjustable.
  • Set daily goals

For organizing tasks

1. Wunderlist

Available on: iOS, Android, Chrome

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Helps you create and share to-do lists with friends, coworkers, or family members.
  • Each person with whom you share the list has editing capability.
  • Simple and user friendly.

2. TimeyCap: Student Planner, Schedule, and Timetable

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features: 

  • Helps track deadlines for assignments and tests.
  • Helps set deadlines for your goals.
  • A countdown timer for each goal.
  • Tracks weekly progress
  • Lets you assign tasks as critical, major, medium, or minor depending on priority.
  • Lets you create custom tags or categories.
  • Reminder for each goal.
  • Can set a timetable according to the week’s schedule.
  • Has an optional timer mode for tasks.
  • Goals can be viewed in a weekly, monthly, or yearly format.

For Note-taking

1. Evernote

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

Cost: Has both free and paid plans. Paid plan-$7.99/month.

Features:

  • Notes can be added in the form of audio memos, text, images, sketches, scanned documents, checklists, and clipped web pages.
  • Templates for notes are available.
  • Create spaces to share and organize tasks and ideas with a group. Each member has access to everything in the space.

2. Microsoft OneNote

Available on: iOS,Android,Windows,macOS,web.

Cost: Free

Features:

  • A range of templates to choose from.
  • Type, text, drag, or drop images into notes, use digital highlighters, record audio, draw sketches.
  • Move each element around a page to make better notes.
  • The ink-to-text feature converts handwritten text to type.
  • Create new notes whenever you get new tasks using Zapier integration.

For learning

1. Photomath

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Scan math problems to get immediate solutions.
  • Multiple methods are available for each question.
  • Step by step explanations
  •  Smart calculator.
  • Animated instructions
  • The Internet is not required.
  • Interactive graphs.

2. Basic Engineering Dictionary 

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Wide range of categories for easy learning of basic engineering concepts.
  • Games to boost learning.
  • Trivia to enhance knowledge.
  • Detailed explanations with diagrams to make learning easy.

3. Medscape

Available on: iOS, Android.

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Instant clinical answers.
  • Latest news and developments in medicine.
  • Medscape consult.
  • Continuing medical education activities.

4. Formulia

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • A variety of formulas for maths, physics, chemistry, and more.
  • Wide range of topics.
  • Practical interface and simple to use.
  • No internet connection required to access formulas
  • Variety of tools for performing calculations.
  • Perform various unit conversions.

Apps for easy memorization

1. Brainscape

Available on: Android, iOS, Web.

Cost: Free with a pro version starting at $9.99.

Features:

  • Train quickly with innovative color-coded flashcards.
  • Add images and sounds to your flashcards(pro version).
  • Make and share smart flashcards.
  • Sync content and progress between devices.

2. Mindomo

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Multiple layouts(mind maps, task maps, concept maps, and more)
  • Collaboration in real-time.
  • Work even without internet connection with changes updated on the restoration of connection.
  • Turn mindmaps into presentations.
  • Google Drive, FTP, ZIP, and Dropbox backups.

Apps for scanning documents

1. Adobe Scan

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Scan documents to pdf.
  • Border adjustment.
  • Rectify imperfections and reuse forms.
  • Search to find scans or content.
  • Search and find text in pdfs with OCR.
  • Alter saved scans.
  • Select page size and layout.

2. Notebloc

Available on: Android

Cost: Free

Features:

  • Border adjustment.
  • Extract text using OCR.
  • Organize in folders.
  • Change the order of pages.
  • Create and share PDFs.
  • Sync with Google Drive.

With classes shifted to online platforms due to the current circumstances, students are under more stress than ever trying to adapt to a different mode of education and also maintain their grades. Online classes can be daunting, and we hope that this article helps all the college students out there adapt to them a little better. 

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