The best productivity apps for students

Being a student in 2022 is much more than simply studying a heap of exercise books and textbooks. With the number of study and productivity apps available, learning is easier and harder than ever. There is an app for everything, and more are appearing daily. Each app has a purpose, and some have more than one. 

The summer is ending and the new school year is around the corner. Get ready to be as productive as possible and feel satisfied with your efforts. Today, we’ll share some apps for students that will help you from school to college and beyond. 

Or, if you’re looking for inspiration to create your own educational app, the examples below will be a great help. 

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The productivity app, Evernote, offers multiple solutions for students. From organizing all your tasks, notes and research notes to recording lectures or classes. You can even photograph handwritten notes from chalkboards or whiteboards. The app recognizes handwritten words and helps you add references to organize them.

Evernote is available for all operating systems on computers and mobile devices. Connectivity between such devices helps maintain the organization of all the information, regardless of which one you use.

Here are some other apps like Evernote:

  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Apple Notes
  • Dropbox Paper

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Another must-have app for students is a PDF reader.  A PDF reader app, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, can be used to read PDF documents, make comments in them and take notes. You can also create new PDF documents to share with classmates or to hand in your work. 

PDFs were invented over 20 years ago, and they continue to be one of the best formats to study long texts or digital books. PDF reader apps also let you make personal notes with digital pens.

Here’s a list of some of the best PDF readers, like Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Nitro Reader
  • Slim PDF
  • Preview

Adobe Acrobat Reader’s interface is based on representative icons. The colorful line style icons are all of equal widths and easy to recognize. If you’re in the process of creating an app for students (or any other kind of app), draw inspiration from the excellent example offered by Adobe Acrobat. Flaticon offers interface icons in this classic style, ready for your designs and apps.

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Easy Bib

What do students have in common? The need to write and hand in written research papers. Writing and presenting a thesis is already difficult enough. But, in addition to presenting all your ideas and conclusions, you also have to cite where you found each piece of information. The texts that we write are often similar to the sources from which we extracted the information. 

That’s why apps such as Easy Bib exist. This app can be used to check written research papers. Easy Bib reads the text and detects possible plagiarism. The app suggests a citation and a bibliography entry when the text is identical to another text or reference.

Besides checking for plagiarism and suggesting citations, Easy Bib is a great help for grammar and spelling errors.

Here are some other apps like Easy Bib:

  • Zotero
  • Mendeley
  • Grammar

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Studying is not always easy; moments of great concentration are required to succeed. That’s why Forest exists, an innovative app that helps maintain focus during study sessions. For each time block, a tree grows from a seed. A sense of productivity is combined with the happiness provided by nature.

There are many focus apps, from those based on the Pomodoro technique to Forest. They all have a different style but a common purpose, to help you focus on a personal goal. In this case, your studies. 

Other apps like Forest include:

  • Clockwork Tomato
  • Cold Turkey
  • Written? Kitten!

“There’s an app for that!”

When cell phones similar to the iPhone first came on the market, the phrase “There’s an app for that!” was often used. Whenever somebody mentioned needing help with a specific problem, people would say, “There’s an app for that!”.

This is no longer said because it’s now commonplace. If somebody is looking for a solution to improve their study or work technique, they simply have to search online or in the App Store. If they can’t find what they need, they may even decide to create it themselves! Are you one of those people?

Create productivity apps for students with Flaticon

Have you come up with an idea for an app to improve the life of students? Are you a student who can’t find the perfect app for your needs? Did you know Flaticon offers all types of colorful and unique icons, perfect for app UI designs? 

It doesn’t matter if your app is for elementary school students or Ph.D. candidates; your interface will need icons to display categories and processes. Discover all the resources available on Flaticon to create apps for students and academic alike.