Omar Sinan
Omar SinanCS @ CMU

What are the best productivity tools for university students?

We all want to start fresh next semester. What are some of your recommended tools?
41 recommended
  1. 127
    Taskade 3.0

    All-in-one collaboration. Chat, organize, get things done!

    EthanSolving content consumption at 1Feed 🌱 · Written
    The best todo list app out there, really nice UI! Can also be used for note taking, which is a bonus. It is very flexible - it can be used as a vertical Kanban, weekly planner, simple todo list or bullet journal! It can even be used for collaboration with a built in chat. TRY IT 😻
  2. 119

    Powering millions of teams to work smarter, together.

    Antoine Fourton
    Antoine FourtonCommunity Manager · Written
    Trello is awesome, and here is why : - it's a "sandbox" (you can create whatever you want with Trello) - very simple to use - tons of ways to automatize your boards (Zapier, IFTTT, Power-Ups ...) - you can stock ideas, tasks or goals easily
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    FerminRPGrowth Hacker · Written
    Most simple project management app.
  3. 54

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Jessi Lu
    Jessi LuChange the future. · Written
    Zenkit is great for projects, collaboration and working with data. You can switch between different view to work with the best one for each of your tasks. If you want to make an overview of your course I would recommend starting with the mind map but you can also use an easy listview, kanban board or table view. It´s free for up to 5 people but we may have some arrangements with your university;)
  4. 35

    A smart notes app made for your calendar 🗓️

    Frank Feustel
    Frank FeustelFounder and CEO Shelly · Written
    If you want to take notes for your lectures try Shelly. If allows you to directly add your notes to your timetable, once connected with your Google or Outlook class schedule. Perfect!
  5. 15
    Notion Beta

    An expressive and collaborative document editor

    Felipedesigner and illustrator ✌ · Written
    Once you get how Notion works, it really excels in project management, research and database. It's a pleasure to use and super customizable.
    I only started using it a couple of days ago, but I swear my university, work, and private life make much more sense to me now. The UI is minimal and bright, but doesn't get boring because of emojis and cover images. The templates are a-plenty and very useful, and if a template is missing – you can just create your own page from scratch, using one of Notion's many block elements!
    Shohini Gupta
    Shohini Guptamanaging partner at dorm room fund SF · Written
    Just has every functionality - organizing classes taking notes personal project management... I run everything on Notion
  6. 11

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    The BEST todo-list app on the market IMO. I have folders for each of my classes and clubs and can organize all of my assignments within. I also use IFTTT to integrate it with my Trello tasks and Google Calendar. Oh yeah, and it's FREE!
    Brenna L
    Brenna LHead of Marketing @ Doist- Todoist/Twist · Written
    Brenna L made this product
    In addition to being ranked by The Verge & Engadet as the #1 to-do list app, Todoist has a 50% discount for students/educators:
    Antoine Fourton
    Antoine FourtonCommunity Manager · Written
    Todoist is a beast. You can combine it with Trello for a powerful organization. Trello in the background, Todoist for your everyday life !
  7. 8

    Clear, effective, mistake-free writing.

    Amazing program for correcting your work before you turn it in. I also paste my essays and emails in this app when I finish them just to double check for errors. Free version available, but paid is better obviously.
  8. 9
    Andrei Țiț
    Andrei ȚițCX | Product Marketing · Edited
    Andrei Țiț made this product
    It helps all the university parties involved - students, professors, and departments - in the following way: • Students keep all their lecture notes in one place and collaborate easily with their colleagues, even when not in the classroom • Professors schedule their courses in advance (even for the whole semester), as well as add resources, notes, and assignments to create the course curricula, then share them with their students • The marketing and other departments have a tunnel-like view on what's top priority, and can track their time for future job estimations. Plus it's free for one year, all features included, without any limitations whatsoever.
  9. 7
    Cards by JotForm

    The friendly way to ask

    EcemDirector of Product Design @JotForm · Written
    Jotform is an online form-creating tool with thousands of free templates and layouts. There are lots of educational surveys and forms for university students. I think this tool will help them at their research projects. Most importantly it is free :)
  10. 6
    Whaller 2.0

    The secure collaboration platform

    You can communicate, share files, assign tasks with this all-in-one tool
  11. 8

    Take better notes, your way

    Lisa Hopkins
    Lisa HopkinsWeb Designer from Varna, Bulgaria · Written
    I graduated from a university just a couple of years ago, so all the studying and lectures are still fresh in my mind (kind of), especially the idea of how much information I accumulated that had to do somewhere, otherwise it'd just disappear. So I got this notes app called NoteLedge (by Kdan Mobile), and I collected notes with it during lectures that I used for self and group study, project/paper research, bookmark/reference collection, light PDF editing and creating note-cards for exams. It was also a good solution for generating to-do lists for the week - such as what subject I had to focus on and spend the most time going over - so it helped to stay centered during the hectic studying/exams schedule. I still use NoteLedge occasionally at work and at home, and it helps with time-management and content collection/organization. Good app overall
    I think university students will find this app quite useful when it comes to upping their productivity. NoteLedge can be used as a daily/weekly planner, for creating to-do lists and adding them to the calendar of their choice. It's a nice notes app as well.
  12. 5

    The mail app with magical search

    I use Newton for my email client and I couldn't live without it. It is one of the only (possibly the only) email clients that gives you a notification when your emails get opened. Great for when you email your professors. I think it's about $4/month if I recall.
  13. 4
    Evernote Web - Oct 2014

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Great way to store notes
    Make notes easy and set then to look like whatever you want, keep then sync on multiple devices (only 2 in the free version), share files, take pictures, record audio, quick search everything you throw in the app. It's wonderful, it's essential.
  14. 4

    Automatic time tracking made easy

    Ola Rybacka
    Ola RybackaContent freak, full-time otaku · Written
    A time tracking software perfect for recording time spent on learning each subject. Delivers reports on we spent time productive or non-productive.
  15. 2

    The coding app for beginners by Google

    FerminRPGrowth Hacker · Written
    If you are a visual learner this is the ultimate tool.
  16. 2
    Officehours Teams

    The platform for your organizations’ office hours

    Eric Karjaluoto
    Eric KarjaluotoI design things (mostly for the web). · Written
    Eric Karjaluoto made this product
    You can use Officehours as a way to reach your instructors when you’re remote. And, it’s a handy resource for connecting with off-campus and industry mentors.
  17. 2
    Gary Fung
    Gary FungFounder of isoHunt & WonderSwipe · Written
    Gary Fung made this product
    Dig into any topic on the Web fast, on the go.
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    Airtable Interface Designer

    Create custom interfaces to fit your team's specific needs

    Sumangal Vinjamuri
    Sumangal VinjamuriGrowth Manager, Granular Insights · Written
    Can replace all of the Kanban boards, personal organizers, et al and also double up as a database, spreadsheet and more. If I was back in college, this is one app that I would've used everyday!
  19. 2
    Tame 1.0

    A beautiful all-in-one planning tool for modern event teams

    Jasenko Hadzic
    Jasenko HadzicCEO & Co-founder, Tame · Written
    Jasenko Hadzic made this product
    For all the events that students are collaboration on. Tame gathers all your event planning in one place and allows the student organisations to improve year by year, instead of losing the knowledge year by year and starting from scratch due to spreadsheet chaos.
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    nTask 2.0

    Task management tool for smart teams

    Fawad Ansari
    Fawad AnsariCo-founder of nTask. Tech evangelist. · Written
    Fawad Ansari made this product
    Hey Omar, as the co-founder of nTask, I would highly recommend you give nTask a shot! Keeping in mind the financial restraints in contrast to equally towering number of multiple features required to manage daily tasks, nTask is built to provide maximum functionality under a single platform. With nTask: 1. You can view your project schedule in the form of Gantt charts. (otherwise a paid feature on other apps!) 2. You can even track the time you spend on each task or assignment in form a report 3. You can appoint a single assignment to a mass variety of users. 4. You can even setup risks & issues that might affect your project completion and then analyze those risks. (how cool is that!) 5. You can track recurring tasks alongside new tasks. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. You can do all this and much more (particularly integrate your projects with Google, Microsoft, Slack etc) all on a Free account. Happy nTasking!
    Fred Wilson
    Fred WilsonAgile & Software Consultant · Written
    1. Fully-featured project management tool with additional perks that are in-built: time tracking, risk assessment, meeting management and team management. 2. Easy to understand interface, with Guided Tour available for navigating your way through each module in the application 3. Absolutely FREE for up to 10 members per work space. Pro Plan is only $2.99 with unlimited features.