5 Best Apps for Students in 2016

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Late nights, lots of caffeine, and endless pages of material to memorize. Welcome to the life of a college student. From pre-test cramming to multi-subject all-nighters, even the best and brightest students need a helping hand at times. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever to improve your studying habits. In fact, everything you need can be probably be found in your app store. Here are the 5 best apps for studying:

iTunes University


iTunes University, or iTunes U for short, is Apple’s premiere app for college students. It contains curriculum course material from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges. This app is great for students looking to gain a broader perspective on their course material. It’s also very likely that your own college’s curriculum is already in the system.

The multi-media interface is highly interactive and conducive to learning. If you need help with writing an essay, iTunes U contains a plethora of research material to make it easy. This app is an absolute must-have for college students. iOS only.

iStudiez Pro and Lite


One of the biggest challenges facing college students is proper organization. While high school curriculums are relatively easy to keep track of, the hectic college atmosphere can easily overwhelm the under-prepared.

That’s where the iStudiez app comes in. It makes organizing your college schedule easy with coloring coding options and various settings for reminders and push notifications. It’s a life-saver for disorganized students.

The app comes in both a free Lite and paid Pro version.

Exam Vocabulary Builder

Though it’s especially useful to students whose first language isn’t English, AccelaStudy’s Exam Vocabulary Builder is a great learning tool for any college student. Using “spaced repetition” to help you remember your new vocab words, the app aims to dramatically improve the variety in your lexicon after just a few weeks.

The app is designed specifically with college students in mind. “Many commonly tested vocabulary words from college and graduate school entrance exams are included with definitions, synonyms, and example sentences,” write the app’s creators. “Easily learn new terms with four different ways to study, including a powerful quiz feature which helps you test your progress and a spaced repetition mode which helps you memorize words in the shortest possible time.”

Exam Vocabulary Builder also features a Study, Flashcard, and Quiz mode. iOS only.


SimpleMind is more than a mere reference or organizational app. It actually aims to change your approach to learning completely. It acts kind of like a notepad, but instead of merely writing down your thoughts, you spread them out visually in the form of a continuous diagram.
“Mind mapping helps you to organize your thoughts, remember things and generate new ideas,” say the app creators. “We’ve created a beautiful intuitive app to mind map, wherever you are, whenever you feel like it.”

This can make remembering things easier as it adds a visual component to the note.

Speed Reading Trainer

Over the course of their college career, students will spend thousands of hours reading. Some will read thousands of words each and every day. The problem, however, is that some of us are very slow readers. While there’s nothing wrong with being a careful, considerate reader and attempting to absorb as much information as possible, it can certainly hold you back when you need to cram hundreds of pages worth of information.

That’s where apps like Speed Reading Trainer come in. Not only does it train you to read faster, it aims to improve your reading comprehension, as well. With enough regular practice, you’ll be reading faster and more efficiently in no time.

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Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

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