This post has been updated with a section on People’s Choice – Apps which were suggested by our readers.
So you either convinced your parents to let you get an Android phone because its good for ‘studying’ or just want to get one yourself and feel better about how it helps studies. In any case, there are actually some amazing Android apps for students which are available for free and in the end, it depends on how serious you are about your studies (no apps can help you if you’re not even a little into it).
So let’s not waste any time – here are our top 10 Android apps for students!
#1. myHomework Student Planner
The first app you should get is a homework planner. Whether you’re in school or college, as a student you’re going to have assignments to finish and projects to submit – and this app lets you plan all your work just like a personal study assistant. You can log on to their online portal (for free) at https://myhomeworkapp.com and set it up to sync with your Android phone or tablet app.
The free version of the app supports Homework planning, calender, class schedules and you can set up a widget on your phone for quick access. The app also reminds you through notifications when assignments are due so you don’t have to get them together at the last minute.
There are some great paid features for students as well and subscription costs only $4.99 per year. The free app is definitely worth a shot and you don’t have to pay anything in order to use it as your day to day organizer.
#2. My Study Life
My Study Life is another planner/organizer for students which makes your life easier by storing all the essential information like your time table, class schedules, homework and assignment due dates and exam schedules within the cloud. This also means all your information will be accessible from all Android devices you own.
Overall it’s a great free app with a simple interface, to try and organize your study life with.
#3. Student Agenda
We know not everyone can afford a high-end Android device (they’re expensive), so even if you have a mid or low range Android, you can still use an amazing study planner by downloading the Student Agenda app. It’s lightweight and offers all the planning features you want.
It schedules events, let’s you set up reminders and also helps you divide your time between studying and other activities.
#4. Dictionary – Merriam-Webster
No it’s not dorky to have a dictionary in your Android. Also, this Merriam Webster dictionary app does not need an internet connection to work. Yes, it works offline. It also allows you to hear the pronunciations of words you might be having trouble with and is by far the best dictionary app on Android.
#5. Study Time Counter!
How many times do you sit down to study and end up playing with your phone before you know it? Stop wasting time and download Study Time Counter for your Android phone and tablet. When you start the app it counts the time you actually spend studying and helps you meet your weekly goals and targets. No excuses now!
#6. Music for Studying
Okay so you’re trying to study but you keep getting distracted by noise and people talking and what not. Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect app to keep you focused. Music for studying gives you soothing tunes that help you concentrate on studying while all outside noise is blocked out. You can pick and choose the tracks it plays or go with the random list.
#7. Student Budget
Most students work part-time jobs to earn money and make it through their studies. A lot of you are probably even living in a hostel or dorm which means you’ll be paying rent, and managing your own expenses. Student budget is a nice little app which allows you to calculate your monthly expenses and manage them on the go to make sure you don’t overspend.
#8. SuperCard Flashcards
Okay, everyone needs flashcards for studying. They’re great for memorizing stuff and also aid visual memory, which comes in very handy during exams. The SuperCard Flashcards app allows you to easily create text or visual flashcards and tests to help you prepare for exams and memorize key terms.
#9. GRE Flashcards
If you’re preparing for the GRE or any other test where you need to memorize words and expand your vocabulary, this GRE Flashcards app works very well. It has around a thousand words along with definitions and examples of use in sentences as well. You can go through the flashcards according to difficulty level and practice on the go, in the bus or during your commute using only your Android phone or tablet.
Don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a tough time with math. The Mathematics app is great for advanced math calculations and let’s you enter values in order to solve equations or plot graphs. The app can even sketch curves and lines or calculate complex numbers but isn’t the easiest to use. However, if you’re into math and need a handy app for quick calculations, this is your best bet.
Hope you like our top 10 Android apps selection for students, we’d to have your feedback in the comments below. If you’d like to suggest any other apps for students that might be useful, please don’t hesitate to do that either.
People’s Choice Apps
We value the feedback provided by all our readers, which is why we installed and tested the apps they suggested for and now we’re sharing them here.
#1. School Boss Free for Students
School Boss for Students was a suggestion by one of our readers and after testing it, we must say it’s pretty handy, especially for university students. The app has a great GUI, and some of the features include semester-wise categorization of subjects and selection of your region’s grading system. For instance, the app lists all the major grading systems used in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North & South America and Oceania (you can also customize them).
The point of selecting your grading system is to allow the app to calculate your GPA based on the assignment/exam/projects and other tasks you complete (and enter their data into the app). For instance, when you set up a subject for a certain semester, you can add a tasks list and enter your target grade for the subject. Then, as you go through assignments and exams, you can set weight-age of these tasks and track how your final grade is coming along.
Other features include backup and restore, but widgets are only available in the premium version. We tested the app on a dual-core Samsung N7000 and the app was just a tad laggy, but it ran smoothly on the Galaxy S3 (quad-core). Nevertheless, it’s a good download if you want a complete app that helps you keep track of your grades.
A simple yet effective app, Timetable does exactly what it promises. What we loved about the app was how it felt light and minimalistic in terms of design. You are greeted with a welcome screen which walks you through the basic steps. Some of the features include the ability to set a custom week cycle, allow notifications for upcoming lessons and make short notes for each.
One really nice addition is the automute feature which basically silences your phone automatically during your class hours. This is obviously done after you enter all your lesson timings, duration and days into the app, but it can be great if you regularly forget to turn your phone to silent before entering your class.
Tasks and assignments can also be saved and the app can notify you before deadlines. You can also change the app’s and the widget’s theme to light and dark (both look good) and we had no trouble running it on both low and mid-range phones.
#3. AnkiDroid Flashcards
Another app suggested by a reader, AnkiDroid brings flashcards to your Android device. Firstly you’re greeted with a welcome screen and a tutorial deck which walks you through the basics of using the app. It pretty much works like any other flashcards app, but we liked how you’re presented with 3 options under every flashcard <1 minute, <10 minutes and 4 days. Once you check out the answer to a question you can choose any one of these options, depending on that answer’s difficulty level.
If an answer is hard to remember, you can choose <1 minute to make the card re-appear again within a minute. Similarly, easy answers can get the 4 days option. The point here is to use the repetitive technique to strengthen your memory, which works very well.
You can also enable gestures and customize them to navigate through the app with swipes. Flashcard packs can be downloaded or created on your own and the app has a PC counterpart to help you sync your own creations with your device. All in all, if you’re into flashcards, this is an app you should try.
We’re also going to be trying other suggestions you guys make. If an app doesn’t make it on our list here, it’s probably got a good alternative already listed. Hope you guys find the updated list more useful!