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Programs & apps for students ~ How to make your everyday university life easier

Nowadays, smartphones and tablets are much more than just a help for navigation and networking. If you already use your smartphone at university and while studying to scroll through various social networks and break the record of your last favorite game, why shouldn't you use this option to intelligently use your smartphone for your studies? Appointments, index cards and notepads are a thing of the past. I am introducing you now 20 apps for students that can make your university life a lot easier.

My top apps for students

1) Rsp24

If you are currently working on a term paper and Microsoft Word cannot help you with spelling and grammar, go to This is only a WebApp, but it speaks 12 languages ​​and corrects texts up to 20,000 characters long. Simply insert the text and the website will check upper and lower case, style, colloquial language, commas, spelling and redundancies.


Are you reading a text in a foreign language and only understand train station at the moment? There are an infinite number of apps for translating foreign languages, but this one is my personal favorite because it is so clear and reliable. This app is available free of charge for Android and iOS.

3) Evernote

This app has several functions: You can use the notes to collect ideas and pictures on the go or to create a checklist. You can also use the clipper to save articles and images from your browser to Evernote. You can also use the desktop app to view and manage your notes on a big screen. To use it, you simply have to download it from the Apple Store or Google Play and then log in.

4) Dropbox

You don't feel like constantly exchanging pieces of paper during group work or sending everyone the presentation that you have just started? Then Dropbox shouldn't be missing for the next group work. You can upload pictures, texts, presentations etc. and make them visible to everyone. After you have logged into Dropbox, all you have to do is log in and then you can share your files with your fellow students.

5) Mindjet

The following situation: You are sitting on the train and suddenly you have a brilliant idea for the upcoming presentation, but unfortunately you have neither pen nor paper to hand. Mindjet gives you the opportunity to quickly and easily create mind maps and organize your ideas. This app can be downloaded in all stores.

6) RefMe

RefMe (Abbreviation for: Reference Made Easy) helps you to create bibliographies for essays, term papers, etc. You simply scan the book you are quoting from with the help of the barcode, and the app creates a bibliography for you. RefMe also creates a bibliography from websites, articles or videos that you have found on the Internet. You can choose from over 7000 citation styles. RefMe can be used free of charge as a WebApp.

7) iStudiez

Tired of having an appointment calendar with so many Post-It's stuck in it that everything is disordered and untidy? Then this app is just right for you! You can enter your lectures and other dates there and delete them if (with luck) something fails. The difference to the standard calendar on your smartphone: You can enter your exams and presentations with the submission date and priority. The Pro version for iOS costs € 2.99. They are available for free in the Google Playstore with in-app purchases. This app is also available for Mac and Windows. A comparable app would be Timetable.

8) Doodle

Finding an appointment for a group work that everyone has time can be nerve-racking - you put your smartphone aside for 2 minutes and you have 20 new messages and 10 missed calls. And all of this only because the deadline doesn't suit anyone. Not anymore! Doodle can be connected to iCloud, Outlook or the Google calendar so that appointments can be conveniently coordinated with fellow students. Doodle is free for all devices.

9) My Script Calculator

The perfect app for those who simply can't do anything with mathematics. You can simply write a formula on a piece of paper, take a picture and My Script Calculator converts everything for you and even calculates formulas for you. Of course, this is only an aid and should not completely replace learning. πŸ˜‰ Available for Android.

10) Citavi or Zotero

Citavi is a program that saves your life while writing scientific papers. There you can save your entire literature and structure it according to subject areas. Often the program is even mentioned and recommended in modules in the course. You can also search the library map directly in the program. Quotes can be accepted with just one click. The download of the program is free. An alternative for Citavo is Zotero.

11) Word and Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Office package is a must for many students. Word is especially important, of course. But have you ever looked more closely at the functions? It is definitely worth learning things like automatic table of contents and bibliography generation. You can save an incredible amount of time if you really know and use the various hacks in Word.

12) Freedom

Do you like to get distracted by Facebook, Youtube and Co. while studying? Use programs like Freedom, with which you can block certain websites for a certain period of time. For example, you say you study from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. During this time you do not want to receive any notifications and you are also not allowed to surf on the annoying websites you have specified in advance.

13) Rescue Time

A great app with which you can track how much time you spend on which pages and in which programs is RecueTime. At the end of the day, the tool tells you how long you've been in front of the computer, what you've been doing all the time (divided into categories) and how productive you have been overall. With the paid version of RescueTime you can block certain sites like in Freedom.

14) Mind Master

Mind maps are not only very helpful in brainstorming and brainstorming, but also in the learning process. With Mindmeister you can create 3 mind maps in the free version, afterwards the whole thing costs from 2.49 USD per month - depending on whether you want to use the program alone or in a team. On the Mindmeister website you will also find tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your mind maps. Mindmeister is also available as an app for iOS and Android.

15) Google Calendar

Personally, I can't do much with slips of paper and paper calendars. Plain and simple, because I like to misplace or lose such things. What I never forget, on the other hand, is my cell phone. I use the Google Calendar to organize all of my appointments, both for my studies and for private appointments. My husband also uses the Google Calendar, so it is easy for us to know who has an appointment when and who the other person may have to take care of the children and how much time is generally available.

16) Trello

Trello is an app for mobile phones, but you can also use it as a web application on your laptop. Here you can organize your to-dos, either for yourself or for group work. You can enter who is responsible for which task, when the task is due and you can slide it onto different "boards" to see which tasks are still open, which are in progress and which are already done. A super helpful tool for your todos for university, (part) job and private life.

Alternatives for to-do lists are Wunderlist, Todoist or Asana.

17) Pomodoro timer

Another app with which you can work more focused is the Pomodoro or Tomato Timer. You work with time intervals. You work or learn concentrated for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. You repeat the whole thing four times and then take a longer break of e.g. 15 minutes. This is the traditional method, of course it makes sense that you also observe yourself here and see how long you can really concentrate at a time. Then you can adjust the time intervals accordingly to you and your receptivity.

There are numerous apps and websites that you can use for the Pomodoro Timer. Simply enter Pomodoro in the search app or on Google and you will quickly find what you are looking for.

18) Buffl

Do you like to study with index cards? For many this is a tried and tested method, but once you are on the road, the whole thing is usually not that great. If you still don't want to do without this learning method, you can use the free Buffl app - index cards app. It is available for both iOS and Android.

19) Duolingo

With Duolingo you can playfully learn new languages. The app is actually structured like a game. You have to answer different types of questions (and sometimes speak) and you will reach new levels step by step. It's really fun and doesn't feel like learning at all.

So if you are planning a semester abroad or an internship abroad and you don't know the language yet, I definitely recommend this app.

20) Tiny scanner

The handbag scanner. With the app you can quickly scan documents, photos, receipts and more and save them on your mobile phone. You can also send them directly via email or save them to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive.

These are just a few tips that can make your student life a lot easier in some cases. Now the question for you: How digital are you? Do you still write hard by hand in the lecture or do you type everything directly into the laptop? Do you still know apps for students that have become an integral part of your life? Write it in the comments!

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