The Most Essential Tools for Students in 2017

The good news is that as long as you’re willing to put in the effort, you can swim up the stream of information like a salmon. Better still, there is a whole suite of apps, tools and other goodies that can help you to make the best use of your time, whether you’re creating, consuming or revising. Here are just a few of our favorites.

1. Todoist

As the name suggests, Todoist is a to-do list and task management tool that makes it easier than ever to keep an eye on what needs doing. Better still, it’s available for free – although you can upgrade to a premium account – and you can use it through a web browser and an Android or iOS app. You can even pick up extensions to bring Todoist’s functionality into Chrome or Outlook – so now there’s no excuse for forgetting to do something or missing a deadline.

2. Trello

Trello is a project management tool that’s great for keeping track of group projects such as presentations. It’s easy to assign tasks, to tag people or to start up conversations, and it’s a good idea to get used to Trello now as the odds are that you’ll come across it again in the workplace.

3. Coursera

Not everyone can study at Stanford and Yale, but thanks to Coursera, now everyone can at least learn something from them in the comfort of their own homes. Coursera offers over 2,000 top-quality courses from many of the world’s best universities and learning institutions – so you can learn about pretty much anything you want to.

4. Skillshare

Skillshare is a little bit like Coursera in that it’s a place to take online classes, but what’s interesting about this one is that all of the classes are taught by professionals in their field. Even if you’re learning about something in your lectures, it can also be worthwhile to back that up by learning from someone who’s putting those skills into practice out there in the real world.

5. Khan Academy

We can’t talk about learning sites without mentioning Khan Academy, which is arguably the king of them all. They promise to keep their courses free forever, and they offer expert-created content and resources for all sorts of subjects, from 6th grade mathematics to astrophysics.

6. Brainscape

When you’re ready to start studying for your exams, it helps to have a flashcard app like Brainscape that you can use to teach yourself virtually anything. If you don’t feel like creating your own flashcard sets, you can download a number of pre-created flashcards from their marketplace. But honestly, the best thing about this app is its versatility and the fact that you can create your own.

7. Evernote

Evernote allows you to take notes on any device and to automatically upload them to the cloud so you can access them from anywhere. Evernote is arguably the most well-known tool on this list, but it’s earned its impressive reputation. Just use it and see for yourself why people swear by it.


Ultimately, any tool is only as good as its user, so if you want to make the most of these tools then you’ll want to try them out and stick with the ones that actually add some value. Otherwise, you might find that they’re counterproductive, which no one wants. So don’t feel as though you need to use every single tool on this list – just find the ones that work the best for you. Good luck.

Sharon Hooper is a marketing specialist and blogger from Manchester, UK. When she has a minute, she loves to share a few of her thoughts about marketing, education and self-improvement with you. Currently, she is working as a content marketer at EduGeeksClub. You could follow Sharon on Facebook.



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