Alanna Harvey


25 of the best apps and websites to get you through school (and life)

Managing school and keeping your sanity is already hard enough. You’re studying something you’re fairly certain won’t get you a job right away, you’re crawling deeper into a debt hole that’s too scary to imagine, and you’re contemplating how much simpler life would be selling hats on a Mexican beach. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are a ton of apps and websites out there designed to help you — save money, stay fit, work smarter, manage your time, and learn more. Why not take advantage of them? And even if you’re not a student, a lot of these are useful for just about anyone.

→For saving money

  • Mint — See all of your transactions and manage your budget in one place
  • Pocketpoints — Earn coupons for spending time off of your phone when you’re on campus
  • Google Hangouts— Make free or crazy cheap domestic and international phone calls over the web
  • — Free student discounts on pretty much anything
  • Chegg — Sell your old textbooks to make a little extra cash

→For cheaper books and textbooks

  • Scribd — The Netflix for books and reading
  • Chegg — Buy and rent textbooks at a lower price than your campus store
  • Amazon — Buy used or older versions of expensive textbooks

→For a healthier brain and body

  • Sleep Cycle — Track your sleep and wake up more well-rested
  • Calm — Guided meditation for managing anxiety and stress
  • Yoga with Adriene — At-home yoga for any mood or fitness goal
  • Tabata Timer + this link — 4 minute bodyweight workouts that you can do at home

→For being more productive with your time

  • Flipd — Block yourself from spending too much time on your phone
  • Habitbull — Set daily or weekly goals and turn them into habits
  • RescueTime — Track how your time is spent online
  • Pocket — Offline reading for reducing web-based distractions
  • SelfControl — Block yourself from visiting certain websites during a set time frame

→For organizing your study-work life

  • Todoist — Intuitive to-do list app that syncs with all of your devices
  • MyStudyLife — Academic planner for keeping track of due dates and exams

→For improving your creativity and writing skills

  • VocabularyBuilder — Learn and remember 1000’s of new words
  • EasyBib — Get the right citations for more than 60 types of sources
  • TED Talks — Get inspired about any subject and learn something new

→For working better in groups

  • Google Drive — Collaborate every component of your project in one place and track each group member’s participation
  • CamScanner— Snap a photo of your notes & turn it into a PDF document
  • Facebook Messenger— Create group chats to get organized, share documents, & know who has seen your message 
    (now a separate app for less distracting chats)
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