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10 useful apps for students you probably don’t know about

Rewind back to in 2011, how relevant was a smartphone and an uninterrupted internet connection in our daily lives? The entire world underwent a major digital transformation since then. Between having a meal and checking our phone, we’d always in a heartbeat prioritize the latter. Phones have altered each and every aspect of our current routine and the gadget’s influence is notable in the education sector too.

With the onset of Pandemic, education has shifted from benches and desks in the classrooms to monitors and smartphones in a corner of our houses. But belonging to the species with superior cognitive abilities, we’ve learned to evolve with the changing times rather immediately. Students engage regularly in several applications that assist them in their education. However, there’re a few extremely advantageous yet lesser known apps that make a student’s life hassle free!

Here’s a list of 10 apps every student must check out!

1. Forest:

It’s hard to keep your hands away from your phone for an entire hour these days, right? Maintaining focus on your studies is out of the question. A life saver in its truest sense, the app Forest helps you to keep your undivided attention on studying alone. You get to grow virtual trees in this app. It takes a minimum of 30 minutes to grow a single tree and to gain virtual coins. These coins are further utilised to plant actual trees in required areas. However, if you check your phone while the tree is growing, it’ll instantly die.

2. Camscanner:

Gone are the days when you had to browse for sites to create PDF files. This super handy app camscanner makes every student’s life much easier! Using this app, one can click a picture and convert it into a PDF file in absolutely no time. It enables the student to securely save all the important files together in a document. This app eases the whole process of transferring and editing files too.

3. Mendeley:

This app is a dream come true for students involved in research programs. Conducting research for a paper might get frustrating, when you end up with zillion pdf files flooded on your desktop. Mendeley, an app and a site that’s capable of managing references, rescues you from this trouble. This app allows the students to follow the researchers whose papers interest them, neatly save and store them in a proper manner along with additional notes as required. So if you’re a student with your head buried in research, you should definitely try using this app.

4. Doubtnut:

To the students, who struggled with maths in school, this is that one app we badly wish we had while growing up. With this app, a student can click a picture of the math problem in hand and upload it. It’ll only take a few seconds for the app to provide the student with a video with the solution to the problem. Time management is a struggle for every student, this app enables to save a lot of time. This app is useful for students while preparing for board exams or IIT JEE.

5. Hemingway editor:

While in college, we’re always caught in a rush to submit assignments and projects within the specified deadline. Editing the assignment copies is an unavoidable and a not so enjoyable task. We’re used to approaching our friends to read through the final copy, but that’s not a reliable option at all times. The Hemingway editor makes editing simpler. It points out typos, grammar mistakes and suggests better sentence structures.

6. Kanban Flow:

Group work is everyone’s nightmare in college and Kanban flow reduces the difficulty level of the same to a great extent. It’s not always practical to gather all the group members for a detailed discussion on the assigned tasks and their updates. This app gives a collaborative work experience, providing to do lists for multiple people at once in a visual format and structured manner. This is an excellent way to boost productivity of each person in the group.


Having an idea about the tasks lined up for the day plays a prominent role in motivating a student. The app enables students to break down a huge task into several sub tasks and prioritize each of them as necessary. These synchronized lists will enable you to complete your tasks efficiently on time. Instead of doing the same manually investing more time, give app a shot.

8. Calendly:

If you’re one of those students who are sick and tired of asking the team members to decide a time to gather for a group discussion to work further on your projects, Calendly is the best suitable solution for you. This app automates that process and picks the most convenient time for all the group members. By scheduling meetings accurately coordinating with your calendars, Calendly makes the entire process hassle free. In this manner, you can accomplish more in less time.

9. Sworkit:

Do you know how important it is for a student to maintain a workout routine? The hectic schedule might seem impossible, but squeezing 5 mins of workout into your everyday hustle isn’t hard considering the benefits. A Workout generates endorphins in our body, which keeps us energized and positive the entire day. With the Sworkit app, all you need to do is enter the time in hand and the preferred exercises. The app shall then guide you through a list of workouts best suitable for you.

10. Google Docs:

Most of the students might already be aware of Google docs and the convenience it provides to each of us. For those who aren’t familiar with the app, download it now for the smoothest real time collaborative work experience. Software compatibility issues and the task of sharing emails can be avoided with ease. Share the documents via emails to whoever required and make changes to it together without having to meet in person.

How long has it been since you opened snapchat? What about that one gaming app you consistently ignore on your mobile screen? Get rid of these useless apps and save that space for some of these super handy apps! When convenience is available to you one tap away, grab the chance. Invest your time only when necessary, because time stops for none, my friend.

Dr. G. Indumathi

Principal, Cambridge Institute of Technology

  • Ph.D. completed during 2012, Dr. M.G.R University Chennai
  • M.Tech Industrial Electronics from SJCE Mysore under VTU in the year 2003
  • B.E. Electronics and Communication , SJCE Mysore , Mysore University in the year 1987

Hope you are all safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic situation, and you continue to take care of yourselves and those around you. It is imperative that all of us continue to follow the necessary protocols as per the directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

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CIT has embarked upon a transformative journey to reach greater heights and I welcome you to join us in this exciting endeavour. Let us all work together to create a sustainable future.