6 Favorite Apps for College Students! #Organize #School #iPhone #Android #ProductiveI love productivity apps. There’s something about combining my pencil and paper planner to a digital device like my laptop or phone that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. No, that’s not a joke!

My previous cell phone wouldn’t let me download anymore apps because it was so out of date. I recently got the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone (that I’m paying for all myself! Yay #adulting!) and I’m loving how compatible it is with every app and how gorgeous the screen looks when I’m working on it.

Here are some of my favorite productivity apps that I feel every college student or young professional should have.


iTunes | Google Play | Desktop

It’s a known fact that I live off Google Calendar. During the school year I put my class schedule in there, color coded of course, as well as my work schedule, any theatre productions I’m working on, all my club and Her Campus meetings, my doctor’s appointments, all my events, even my dates with my boyfriend.. And so much more!

I love that Google Calendar syncs with a ton of different apps as well as the desktop online program. This way I can go in depth in planning on my laptop, then can pull away and have it already loaded onto my phone for travel.

I can’t get enough of Google Calendar!


iTunes | Google Play | Desktop

Personally when I am at school I pay for all my expenses. From my groceries to my toiletries, gas and fuel, entertainment, and more. I tried making my own budget outline in a spreadsheet but I could rarely find the time to update it!

Mint is cool because it takes your info from purchases and updates automatically and categorizes it into a budget. You can set reminders and it will let you know when you’re close to exceeding your budget, it can remind you to pay your bills, and it’s a good way to check your account balance while on the go when you’re trying to save money!

iBottaiTunes | Google Play

Speaking of saving money, as I was looking into purchasing my new phone, I shared with the guy at the phone store that I was worried about being able to make large monthly payments on top of my groceries. He immediately pulled out his phone and showed me this app.

iBotta is an app that gives you rebates on purchases that you already make, like groceries, clothing, electronics, beauty, and even some restaurants!

Before you go shopping (or right afterwards!) you go into the app and search for the items you’re going to buy. You can search by store or by item type or brand. Then you click on the app and do a very simple task like click a button or watch a 30 second video to unlock the item. Then, after you purchase the item, you scan the barcode and the receipt in through your phone to get a rebate for that item (or a whole shopping cart full of items!) then you can cash out through PayPal.

This way you save money on things you would have bought anyway, and that can go towards whatever you want it to.

ToDoIstiTunes | Google PlayDesktop

I’ve tried a wide variety of To-Do-List style apps. Everyone has those moments where you’re out and suddenly think “oh I have to remember to put my laundry in the dryer when I get home!” or “that would make a great blog post!” but those usually go forgotten once you get home.

I like to have something simple to jot down ideas that I have on the go so that I don’t forget things like that. Todoist is the best app I have found for this. You can organize your tasks under projects (for example my projects are Work, Blog, Personal, Groceries, Her Campus) and also by due date.

If you choose, it sends you an e-mail and a push notification at the start of each day with what you have to accomplish that day or what is overdue. You can also set up recurring tasks, such as “Every Monday Do Laundry” and it will tell me “Do Laundry” every Monday! Or Even “Every first of the month Send in Hours for Work” and it will remind me on the 1st of every month “Send in Hours for Work.”

QuizletiTunes | Google Play | Desktop

If you’re registered in any class that has intensive memorization requirements, get this app. This lets you take flashcards based off of your notes, digitally! I really enjoy writing out my notes by hand on real flashcards, but I also have found that doing it through this app (which also connects to the web on your desktop) helps take it an extra step that I need.

I remember last semester there was a girl in one of my classes who would bring out this app everyday while she was walking to class or while waiting for the professor to show up and start the lecture and she would study from it. I would join her some days, and it definitely made it easier when it came to the test.

There’s options to display it as a flashcard, as a fill in the blank/multiple choice test, and even as a matching game. Great for memorizing definitions, a new language, vocabulary, formulas, matching descriptions with answers, anything really!

SAMAppiTunes | Google Play

SAMapp: Self-help Anxiety Management App.

It’s not a secret that I tend to have problems with anxiety. A recent study by the American College Health Association found that over 50% of college students have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” within 2013.

There are a couple of apps out there that attempt to help with anxiety, but out of the few that I have tried this one has been pretty handy. There is an option to track your anxiety levels defined by a few different characteristics so that you can identify things that trigger it. You can view trends from instances, times of day, and much more that trigger your anxiety so that you can learn how to handle it.

There is also a “Help for anxiety NOW” button that gives you a small list of breathing and peaceful exercises to help calm and ease anxiety in some instances and help train yourself to handle it better.


Do you have any favorite apps? Tell me about them, I would love to try them out!



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14 thoughts on “6 Favorite Apps for College Students

  • July 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

    My friend introduced me to Todist. I love it. Google Calendar was so complicated for me to figure out. I gave up and downloaded Sunrise app. I will definitely need to get that SAMapp with my social anxiety it’ll come in handy. Thank you for sharing Dani.

    • July 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Hi Jazmine! Todoist is definitely one of my favorites right now! I tried Sunrise for a little while, and you can connect that to Google Calendar to edit your calendars on your desktop computer as well, which was very handy! Google Calendar is incredibly similar and if you play around with it a bit I’m sure you could get the hang of it.
      I’m very glad I could introduce you to SAMApp, I hope it helps you out!

    • July 17, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I’m always happy to meet another Google Calendar addict! 😉 Glad I could introduce you to some other amazing apps as well.

  • July 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    These are all awesome – I just downloaded iBotta!! Can’t wait to start using it 🙂

  • July 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    All of these look amazing! I’ll definitely have to check out Mint because budgeting is so difficult.

  • July 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Dani, first off, I’ve been absolutely falling in love with your blog, you’re incredible.

    Secondly, I’m about to start college, and let’s just say I’m a little more than stressed. By that I mean that I’ve been obsessing over college tips and such. I flew by through high school, barely studying, barely doing anything really, and still graduated a year early and with honors. Even with that, I’m terrified that I’m gonna get knocked down in college in the fall, something that I literally cannot afford to let happen. I’ve seen your study tips, but do you have any specifically for someone who has hardly ever actually studied?

    • July 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Hey Paige! Thanks for checking out my blog, you sound so sweet! 🙂

      I definitely obsessed over college tips on blogs right before I started college as well, so I completely relate! I also flew by pretty easily in high school and never truly had to learn how to study, so I understand where you’re coming from. That is a great idea for a blog post, study tips for students who have never studied before. I’ll get on researching and writing about that and you can expect to see that in a post sometime soon! If you want to be notified when it’s up just subscribe to my newsletter and get every post straight to your inbox. 🙂

      I hope to hear more from you and see you around soon!

  • July 22, 2015 at 6:48 am

    So many of these apps are ones that I love and use daily, especially ToDoist and Google Calendar. Google Calendar is my life, I love it for organizing my days and for the fact that if an event is canceled/rescheduled I can simply delete it or move it to the new time slot instead of crossing it off or using white out in my planner, both of which drive me nuts!


  • September 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I already use 3 of it and I love these apps.What will happen to me without these apps thank you for making list.surely i will try all o it.


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