Managing life when it’s packed with school and work (and family) can be challenging, to put it mildly. But downloading these apps onto your phone or tablet could help you in your work and school, keep things organized, and support you toward academic and career objectives.

  1. Cite This For Me

    When working on papers or projects that require citations, this app can be a huge timesaver. It has more than 7,500 reference styles, including thousands of college styles and MLA, APA, or Harvard. Cite This For Me can help format citations in more than 30 source types, including books, newspapers, magazine articles, videos, and online images.

    Cost: Free
    Platforms: iOS, Android

  2. Evernote

    Evernote is a digital research central where you can store and organize in a wide variety of formats, whether it’s a web clip or a photo of a business receipt. It’s especially helpful for retaining valuable research materials.

    Cost: Free for the basic app, more extensive functionality ranges from $7.99–14.99 per user per month
    Platforms: iOS, Android

  3. 30/30

    This app is a fully customizable task list and time management tool that allows you to set work and break times. The default is 30 minutes’ work, 30 minutes’ break, but you can personalize it to suit your own work style and time preferences.

    Cost: Free
    Platform: iOS

  4. Office Lens

    This extra component for the Microsoft Office suite allows you to take photos from whiteboards or blackboards, and then it will convert them to readable PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files.

    Cost: Free
    Platforms: iOS, Android

  5. myHomework

    Organize your academic commitments, whether paper and project deadlines, classes, or exams, this app will send due date reminders and help you track your academic work and classes.

    Cost: Free version with ads, premium version for $4.99 per year
    Platforms: iOS, Android

  6. Dragon Dictation

    Dragon is a speech recognition dictation service that has a high accuracy rate and allows you to dictate work ideas, class papers, or any kind of written message any time, anywhere. It can be as much as three times as fast as typing.

    Cost: Packages start at $14.99 per month
    Platforms: iOS, Android

  7. ProWritingAid

    This is a powerful tool for writing help. It catches grammar and spelling errors, while also providing big picture writing feedback, noting the words you use most often (which allows you to avoid repetition), pointing out where you’re overwriting or using filler, and keeping track of sentence length to help you see where you need to vary it.

    Cost: Free as an extension to Google Chrome, or premium versions start at $70 for desktop applications
    Platforms: Google Chrome (free), Desktop (fee)

  8. Calendly

    Calendly is an online scheduler you can use with school project teams, work colleagues, even family members. It connects to various digital calendars, including Google, iCloud, Outlook, and Office 365, so meetings will instantly sync across devices.

    Cost: There’s a basic version for free, but more comprehensive functionality is available starting at $8 per user, per month
    Platforms: iOS, Android, Chrome, PayPal, Salesforce, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and others

  9. Kanban

    This app is excellent for group projects, whether for work or school. It’s a Lean project management tool that can greatly reduce email avalanches by providing a central site where everyone involved in a project is listed along with their roles, responsibilities, and deadlines.

    Cost: A basic version is free, but full functionality starts at $5 per user, per month, with a discount when paying for a full year up front
    Platforms: Online

  10. MindMup

    If you’re having trouble with a particularly complex concept, whether at work or at school, this app can help you remap it into a format that makes more sense for you. It allows you to create your mind map in real time, then save it to Google Drive or Dropbox.

    Cost: A basic account is free with limited storage; for more functionality and storage, membership starts at $25 per year or $2.99 per month
    Platforms: Online

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