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As a college student, one of the biggest distractions we are faced with is our phones. Phones are constantly with us and can be very time-consuming. Between text messages, Snapchat, DMs, and Instagram posts, it feels almost impossible to catch a break. This is because our phones are always with us, readily available. This makes it easy to access others and enables us to procrastinate at any time. But, many smartphone users that this constant connectivity can be used to our advantage. The good news is phones aren’t all bad. There are a lot of apps that can be a huge help in remembering to complete tasks and avoid panic and anxiety that is often associated with being a busy person. There are even apps that can help you save money. Our phones are basically attached to us anyway, so why not put them to good use? Here are a few of the best productivity apps, especially for students:

Paper by FiftyThree

The concept behind Paper is fairly simple, it’s virtual sticky note. The app allows you to jot down ideas and notes quickly, using a “pen and paper” simulation. However, it offers a variety of useful features. You can even create charts and graphs or draw on photos! This program is perfect for jotting down due dates, phone numbers, or anything important your professor says after you already put your notebook away (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). Best of all, the app is completely free!






This is a free app that offers exclusive discounts and coupons, found nowhere else. It offers discounts on everything from food, clothing, music, and technology. Since it is designed specifically for students, new users must enter their student e-mails. From there, you will be prompted to choose your favorite brands and you can start receiving discounts such as a half-price Apple Music membership!



Quizlet Flashcards



If you haven’t been utilizing Quizlet during your educational career, you are definitely missing out. The Quizlet app is completely free and offers creative and effective study tools, all from the comfort of your own phone. This is the easiest way to study on the go or finish some last-minute cramming for your test without having to aggressively fumble through your notebook. Use the simple flashcard feature, race against the clock with a game called Match, or even create practice multiple choice tests for yourself! You can even share your study sets with friends or classmates!


So, let this be a sign to close your social media apps and get productive! There are a lot of ways to use your phone as a way of enhancing your college career, rather than as a distraction from it. Downloading some of these apps can save you time and money, so why not check it out?


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