The digital revolution has led to many students to have phones, computers, cameras, etc. Many of these devices can all even fit in the pocket of many students. We have become so used to our phones to connect with others, play games, etc.

But we can also use these devices to our advantage in terms of school work. Everything is at the touch of our fingertips and everything is now more accessible than ever.

All these apps are free, because we all know how poor students are :P

These apps will work for most platforms. Many can be accessed on the web, on your laptop and even on your phones.

Notetaking apps

Taking down notes in class can be hard sometimes, your teacher may talk too fast, or use a PowerPoint filled to the brim with information, and you cannot write it down by hand fast enough.

Digital notetaking allows you to write your notes faster, clearer and with added content such as images, diagrams, videos and audio recording.


OneNote is a notetaking app created by Microsoft which runs on your phone, the web and on your computer. OneNote is akin to a physical real life notebook. You can create notebooks and organise them in sections as well as making subpages.

OneNote looks a lot like other Office programs and so it's easier to get started if you know how to use other Office programs such as Word.



Evernote is a much more digital notetaking experience. You can create notebooks but organisation of notes is done through tags. This means you can tag a note several times so they can appear multiple times if they belong in both categories.

Evernote is free but has restrictions on how much you can upload per month. If you plan to use lots of images, sounds and videos, consider upgrading to the Pro model or using something else like OneNote.



When we're in school, we get given so many dates to remember, so much homework to do and a lot of things in general that we should know. So we need to get on top of it. Organise all your clutter before it creeps up and attacks you during exam time and you don't even know what to do.

Timetable apps

Class Timetable for iPhone and Timetable for Android are the apps that are the most useful in organising what classes you have next, dates of homework, exams, etc. If your schedule never changes, these apps are extremely useful as you don't have to repeat events on a calendar over and over again.

These apps allow you to have more than one week schedules. That is, if you have a rotating schedule with several weeks, you can easily have it displayed.



Calendars and email

If you want greater control with your timetable, consider installing a calendar app, you probably already have one installed. These apps allow you to create your own calendar, write down due dates, exam times and everything that can fit on a calendar. If you have the patience to create your timetable on here, it's well worth it.


Outlook integrates you email and your calendar into an all in one app which can be accessed on your computer, smartphone and on the web. If you already use a Microsoft email, consider this option.

The most important part however, are their mobile apps which are great. You can integrate Evernote, Wunderlist and Facebook all in one. If you already use those apps, use Outlook as it keeps all of it organised in one simple place.


Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a web and mobile app which can be used in organising your entire student life. From due dates to exams, to even timetables. You can do anything with Google Calendar.

Integrating to your Gmail is easy and it integrates well with other Google services. This is a simple and no nonsense calendar which is more than enough for students.

Google Calendar:

To do lists

Students often have a bajillion things to do and only remember them when they are either overdue or due the next morning. Try as we might, we can never remember everything we have to do - so we better put it down somewhere.


Wunderlist is an awesome to do list. I don't know what else to say. You can create folders to categorise what you need to do (such as per subject), add due dates, reminders, sub tasks and more information.

Recurring tasks are easy to create and you don't need to create one every single time this task needs to be done.

There's no need to write down what you have to do on your hand anymore, just type it in on your phone and look back on it later - no forgotten homework anymore!


Backup and Data Storage

"My computer crashed" or "I lost my USB" is no longer a valid excuse to many teachers, and it can be so crushing to have your computer crash with nothing to show for it. Make sure to use these cloud storage solutions and never again lose your data.

OneDrive vs Google Drive vs Dropbox

So what's the difference between these 3? Truthfully, the answer is not much. They all have slightly different interfaces but the key functionality is the same. Download these apps on your laptop and on your phone and you will always have your files ready to go.

OneDrive gives you 5GB, Dropbox 2GB and Google Drive 15GB. If you need more space, you can refer others to these and get free space, or you can pay for more extra storage. But if you want the most space for free, Google Drive is your best option.

The choice is up to you, if you use Microsoft or Google more, it's best to use their respective services, but if you don't - check and see what you want, you can't go wrong.

Google Drive:



Office Lens

This is probably the coolest app on the list. You know when you need to take a picture of the whiteboard, or a piece of paper to send to yourself or a friend? This app takes the picture and straightens your photo, cropping out the background making sure you only get what you want.

This then allows you to get a much nicer version of your photo which you can put on OneNote or Evernote so you never lose it ever again.

Seriously, go get this app.



This article written by Mark.