Seven apps to ease you back into school

Back to school means back to trying to keep your life organized and yourself sane.

A stroll through any store will tempt you to purchase traditional classroom items like notebooks, calendars, and a cupboard full of pens. It’s only a matter of time until they end up cluttering your room. In today’s wonderful world of technology, we can wave goodbye to those items weighing down our bags and opt for apps that can actually be useful.

There are hundreds of apps out there that promise to make your life better, so which to choose? Check out the list we’ve created and get h-app-y this semester!


Group projects can be difficult to cope with, especially when no one can agree on a time to meet up to discuss the project. Sure, a Facebook group chat works well, but people often lose track of their responsibilities without a visual note.

Trello is designed to be a collaboration tool that organizes your project into boards. With a simple glance, everyone who’s added to the group board can see what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. Assigned tasks can also be marked with due dates so that users are alerted of the approaching deadline.


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If you’re not using this already, you’re probably that type of person who types up their lectures notes in a Word document and scatters them all over their desktop. That was fine…back in 2005.

Evernote is designed to keep all your work in one place. You can set up notebooks with dated notes where you can write, collect information and set up presentations. It’s a cross-platform app that automatically updates to all your devices using a cloud-like system, which is fantastic in case your laptop ever decides to corrupt.


Slack has been credited as one of the best for workplace collaboration. It’s easy to use, you can create different chat rooms for different topics, and members are notified whenever a discussion is taking place.

Whether it’s for a school project or club, you can share links and assignment ideas by clicking a button on your browser. Slack is easy to search through, and even includes integration with other major apps like Google Drive and Dropbox.


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Instagram is not just a place to post pictures of your latest meal. Today, it has developed into a marketing tool for many industries. To advance your business with it, you need to know how to use it strategically. Posting often is a tool to catch your followers’ attention, but setting aside time to post something can quickly become a chore.

With Latergram, it’s set up for you to organize posts that you’re planning to share online – which can save time in the long run. All you have to do is click to share and all your fans can indulge in your creative snaps of beauty.


Carrying magazines around is a hassle and chances are that you’ll end up reading a few things in them. Flipboard lets you skim through articles from a range of publications that fall into your chosen preferences. Based on categories you follow, the stories are posted by users who share similar interests.

From breaking news, magazine features, video broadcasts, and short stories, you’ll never run out of things to flip through. It’s a great way to stimulate your mind and keep yourself updated on that long commute.


Not everyone has unlimited data on their mobiles to surf through the net, and loading multiple tabs beforehand can be overwhelming to your device. Pocket saves anything you want to read, like articles and notes, so you can access it offline.

Podcast Addict

Commuters tend to want to use their time wisely when going back and forth to school everyday, and reading a book is not really an option when you’re travelling in a crammed subway during rush hour.

Podcast Addict lets you download episodes from your favourite radio shows so that you can listen to them from your device. You can learn impressive things about different topics, and time flies by faster when you’re focused on a podcast.

Many apps are advertised as a must-have, but they don’t always work for everyone. It’s all about how you integrate them into your schedule. Apps are designed to make your day easier, but know that effort has to come from you to get things done (there’s no app for that!). Try out different ones and see if they’re applicable to your lifestyle and working habits.

With a new semester ahead, it’s worth sampling what the tech world has to offer and it won’t be long till you’re forcing all your friends to download that life-changing app of yours.

Featured image by Jorge Quinteros / CC BY