Now that it’s September and back-to-school season is really in full swing (as in, in a classroom, right now) we’re turning our attention not only to the super fun beginning of the school year stuff but also, you know, that whole learning thing. Since we’re all basically attached to our phones and other devices, we wanted to know how to make the most of them for class, homework, and anything else academic that comes our way. Luckily, Lifehack rounded up eight of the best apps to (down)load up on before the bell rings.
Evernote Your very best note-taking companion, Evernote is especially helpful because you can sync it with every last one of your devices. You can also use it to collect articles, recipes, and links from online and the app will even create presentations straight from your notes.
Scrivener Working on a super long paper or research project? Scrivener is your new best friend. You can see side-by-side drafts for comparison, use the virtual corkboard to layout your outline, and even switch into scriptwriting mode (for all you film students out there).
Wikipanion Look, we all know that Wikipedia is not a source to use for research papers. But, sometimes you just gotta know some facts — and the best articles provide citations that you actually can use. So use Wikipanion to make Wikipedia even more easily searchable from your devices.
Mailbox Let's be real: we're all on a million and one email lists and there's no sign of that number decreasing. Luckily Mailbox will help you streamline your inbox with just a few swipes and taps of a finger. You can arrange mail into to-do lists and even put them emails on hold until they're actually relevant. Inbox zero, here you come.
LastPass Never forget a password again
Pocket Never have enough time to read everything you want online? Save links and articles for later with Pocket — you can even read them when you're not connected to the internet, aka perfect for your commute home
Drafts For those of us that love a clean sheet of paper, Drafts is the digital equivalent. You can just open it up and start writing each time, no need to open a new document. Plus, it utilizes the all-important auto-save, so each precious thought stays right where it should be.
Lynda This one might be a little pricey ($30/month) but trust us when we say it’s money well-spent. The site offers video tutorials on just about anything — including things like Photoshop, web design, and HTML. So if you’ve been wanting to learn to code, but there’s not a class that fits into your busy schedule, sign up for Lynda and learn on your own!