ManuelLaw student, cereal lover, internet fan.

What is the best app to stay focused while studying?

Especially looking for an iOS/Watch/Mac app, which logs my productive hours while I study for University.
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  1. 36

    Focus timer with nature sounds for creators

    Tide gathers a great collection of nature sounds for people to listen while focus. A new Pomodoro Technique along with white noise (natural sounds) immerses me into your creation, ponder or meditation. A half-hour concentration, followed by a five-minute break, the Tide Timer helps me to be as much productive as I can.
    I rarely write reviews for apps but Tide is amazing. As someone with ADHD and difficulty concentrating, this has dramatically improved my ability to concentrate. Can’t recommend highly enough. I now have so much motivation to study, it’s a great app!
    I use two app and this is the first choice of me.
  2. 20
    Self Control Block Distracting Websites

    Block distractions to eliminate wasteful browsing habits

    This app protects you from your worst habits :D Make a list of websites to block, set the duration, and then go. It will block those apps without you being able to "turn it off."
  3. 17

    Be more productive. Make Pops proud.

    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Partner @ Shrug Capital · Written
    Just downloaded it a few days ago - well designed, and I like the gamification portion. Worth trying out!
    • Angie
      AngieFounder of YourApparel

      Love the way they integrated the Pomodoro technique in a intuitive way. Different characters can be selected to ensure you focus on your task. You get a penalty when you pick up your phone.

  4. 5
    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    Anthony Melnyk
    Anthony MelnykFounder of Nutritionista 🍏🥕 · Written
    as for me the best UX
    • Brona Molnarova
      Brona Molnarovait's only impossible until it's done

      This is the first and only app I pay for :D Sometimes it can feel like a chore to do stuff that is good for you and this app takes that away for me. I teaches you gently and pleasantly and Ive been able to stick to it and understand more about how minds work. It helped me stop biting my nails.

    • Mayank Sharma
      Mayank SharmaTechnical Architect @

      Great product to get focus in a world of noise

  5. 4

    Put down your phone and stay focused. Or a tree will die. 🌳😵

    Leandro Ardissone
    Leandro ArdissoneSoftware Developer · Written
    It's simple and you may (or maybe not) be helping to grow a real tree somewhere
    • Daniel Kiedrowski
      Daniel KiedrowskiCode Ninja | Game Developer | AI Wizard

      This is amazing so for. It really keeps me going on my task t hand and let me leave my phone totally alone. The idea of growing something (for yourself) because of focussed time, is beautifully illustrated and simply a truth.

      I worked 6 hours yesterday, doing 25 minute chunks with 5-10 minutes of breaks in between. It really helped me to get something profound done.

    • (I am using Android 8.0)hi I found a hack in this app that I can use YouTube and playstore for hours but still the plant is intact and the app is running in background still I love the app and I make my 10 friend's to download the app

      Can you please add animals in the  forest and if we need to give the animals food we have to Winn the challenge.

      If we  don't give the animals food it will die

  6. 3

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mir4maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    Qbserve (our app) tracks productivity automatically. It shows your current performance at the menu bar and the dock in real-time, so it's easier to stay focused. Unfortunately, we can't make an iOS apps because of the iOS sandbox restrictions. (We have a student discount, by the way!)
    • Kiran Kunigiri
      Kiran KunigiriA guy who makes cool stuff.

      This app is pretty awesome. They made it so detailed that when I walked away from my laptop for 20 minutes, instead of just logging whatever app I was on, it asked me if I was eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. since it knew I was away from the computer

      It logs every single website and app you visit, and almost everything has been categorized for you. You can even make your own categories and projects to specifically log as well. At the end, I can also look at everything I did with charts and a pie chart showing my overall time spent categorized into productive, neutral, and distracted, which is a really awesome way to get a quick overview.

    • Ted Han
      Ted HanTechnical Lead, DocumentCloud

      Other activity trackers and systems for keeping organized have always stressed me out a ton. Qbserve is the first activity tracker i've used that i don't feel hung up or bad about using through the entire cycle of use. There are periods where i will stop tracking for a while, but Qbserve is always easy to jump back into and use. You get immediate feedback about what's going on, and the color tracking in the dock icon gives a great visual feedback mechanism as a reminder for how on track you've been (or not).

      Classification has gotten better, and the ability to triage stuff yourself is great. I wish there were some way to segment up my twitter use into work related, and time wasting, but that's my only complaint.

  7. 2

    Take a break and meditate.

    Vijay Mandeep
    Vijay MandeepSaaS Growth Marketer · Written
    For me, the name caught my attention. I started using Calm in 2017 when I came across it's Apple app of the year 2017 promotions. Since then I've been glued to using calm. What hooked me to it is its UI and a wide range of ambient music choices.
    • Liz Funk
      Liz FunkFounder of And We Evolve

      I love Calm. I've always struggled to adopt a steady meditation practice, but Calm makes it easy to form the habit!

    • Jean-Marc Lagace
      Jean-Marc Lagaceonline entrepreneur and übergeek

      I discovered the Calm App a few years ago and it's been accompanying me in my meditation practice since then.

  8. 2
    Pomodoro Time

    Simple Pomodoro timer in your Mac's menu bar

    Eddie Rodriguez
    Eddie RodriguezI make balloons @ Google [X] · Written
    Easy to set timers and can be used around your task list.
    • André
      AndréUX/UI Enthusiast | in ❤️ w/ innovation

      I love the idea that you can choose the task you wanna work on and when it's done, you know the time you spent on it.

  9. Celine Carpet
    Celine CarpetProductivity, travel · Written
    PDFelement for Mac/windows is a speedy, lightweight, yet surprisingly powerful PDF editing application. Product page: And PDFelement also releases a basic version for those people who require to edit pdf in a simple and fast method with an affordable price. PDFelement Pro for Mac-it helps to read, edit, or annotate PDFs, convert PDFs with ease. Convert PDFs to words/text/PPT/EXCEL. It also support OCR(convert image to words) Product page:
  10. Marc Brodeur
    Marc Brodeurconsumer product entrepreneur · Written
    24/7 streaming of classical music on multiple channels. One of my favorite ways to focus on work.
  11. James O'Sullivan
    James O'SullivanLooking for a project! · Written
    It's simple, looks great and keeps detailed track of how much time you've spent on your tasks. This will definitely help you a lot!
  12. John
    JohnCurator of / wannabe desinger · Written
    I use this almost everytime, it's an as clean as possible timer wich let's you organize your time into 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes of pauses, kinda like the pomodori technique but it logs the times you have completed a circle.
  13. Hamid Alipour
    Hamid AlipourFounder, Deepnosis · Written
    Helps you follow the Pomodoro technique to break down your work hours to 25 minutes time slots with a 5 minutes break between. that 5 minutes break gives you motivation to get going! I find the technique very helpful. There are a lot of apps that are implemented based on this technique. This is what I found to be a good one on Mac/iOS.
  14. I used this and it was amazing
  15. 1

    A Mac app to block distracting websites

    Bryan Clark
    Bryan Clarkmobile @ Khan Academy · Written
    This is hands-down my favorite — it blocks distracting websites and apps on your laptop, and gets out of your way otherwise. Like Self-Control, but with an even-nicer UI!
    • Joe Cotellese
      Joe CotelleseProduct Founder, Strategist and Coach

      Focus is a Mac app that sits in your tool bar and helps you stay on task. Couple of killer features are the ability to schedule blocks of work time and to create custom prompts that you see when you attempt to surf the web.

  16. 1
    Forest 4.0

    With friends, timeline, phone usage tracker & iPad support

    Plant a tree and stop phubbing.
    • Giacomo Lawrance
      Giacomo LawranceAuthor of

      I really love this app, been using it for years. Love the group sessions feature, really helps when using the app in revision sessions. Can't recommend it more if you need to get off your phone!

    • Erkan Ercan
      Erkan Ercan#Python lover.

      App is nearly perfect.

  17. Relaxing rain audio for work, play and sleep! Helps me focus and relax at the same time.
  18. Vedant Bajpai
    Vedant BajpaiBlack Board Educate App · Written
    Keeping up with teacher and parent is faster and easier than ever. Share updates and photos, engage with friends and Pages, and stay connected to communities important to you. This app basically works on three profiles 1.Owner/ Principal * Owner can handle multiple schools and multiple roles with single login it so easy every detail will be on your fingertips. * Now have in-house social media with notice creating your event and sharing pictures with school. * Find every single details of your teacher and it’s so easy that you can change schedule by just selecting the teacher from the present list. * Very easy to use for their day to day school management problems. * During PTM just search the name of student and can find the profile, attendance, homework result details in just a click. * Join the digitalization and enjoy the connection with parents Design your own school on www.home.bbedut .com 2. Teacher/ Staff * Less than 30 second challenge just voice out the name of the student and clicks only on absent and leaves. Still miss someone can change it any time any place. But only by the teacher who took the attendance. * Why to discuss about the homework well you can send it just on click and even attachment can be sent in the form of image, pdf, excel. Even result can be schedule with timing so ease your voice and pen enjoy to connect with whole class with single clicks. 3. Student / Parents * Now it is so easy to connect to the school and find every updates about the school on your app. * Connected with school on tracking of your bus and providing leaves to the school. The Blackboard app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It's also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing. It's easy have full control over your photos and privacy. The security is the most important patch in which we provide NDA with Schools on individual Data Security. Blackboard is Free and always be because our company vision consists of to help each single child on this planet to fulfill their dreams. The most important desktop features of Blackboard is data entry part and managing multiple things from web it can be only govern by the Owner and principal of the school at