It is a common misconception that all technology is distracting when studying, but there are some apps that can help you manage your time and help you in notetaking. In a pursuit to find out which apps could help you in these aspects of studying, I tried out a few to review. Here’s a list of apps that can help you study like a pro!


Egenda is a great app to manage your homework, assignments, tests, projects and exams all in one place. It’s effective and simple to use.

First, you create your classes; then add some assignments or any other tasks with their due dates, and then you are set to begin. You can also add notes such as group members or certain assignment details in the Notes section. The app gives you daily reminders about what’s due the next day.

The clean layout and simple process make this app super efficient and easy to use. You can easily sort by school classes, making it easier to find all your tasks from a single class.

A great app if you just need to visualise all your tasks to make sure that you don’t forget your work!

Platform: iOS and Android
Pricing: Free
Rating: 9.5/10

Microsoft OneNote

For notetaking, Microsoft OneNote is one of the most commonly used apps. OneNote is great for users with an iPad, as it allows the user to make handwritten notes and draw diagrams on the page using the pencil option.

The layout of OneNote allows you to have all your different subjects in different notebooks, and to customise their colour. The fact that OneNote syncs across all platforms and devices allow ease of access wherever you are.

Another great feature of OneNote is the ability to ‘snip’ a section of a website or PDF and to paste that into the notes. This is often good when trying to incorporate diagrams from textbooks into your notes.

One feature for uni students that is great, is that you can upload your lecture slides as a PDF to OneNote so that you can annotate the lecture slides in class.

OneNote also allows the freedom of typing wherever you want – this may be a benefit or a limitation based on how you prefer to write your notes.

The one major concern with the app is that it can take a while to sync across devices. But overall, OneNote is a great app for annotation and notes.

Platform: iOS, Android and PC
Pricing: Free
Rating: 7.5/10

Google Drive

Google Drive is perhaps the most comprehensive and efficient way to write and review notes. Google Drive has amazing syncing speeds, much better than OneNote.

Like OneNote, Google Drive can be synced across platforms and devices, so that you can access your notes anywhere on any device.

Google Drive is not as aesthetic as other noting taking apps, nor does it have fancy features that allow for annotation of images. However, Google Docs allows you to take notes and upload images.

Plus, you have 15 gigabytes of storage meaning that you can use it for all your notes and still have plenty of space left over.

For someone looking for a simple, yet efficient way to take notes, Google Drive is the way to go.

Platform: iOS, Android and PC
Pricing: Free
Rating: 9.5/10

Now, remember, technology doesn’t always have to be a distraction if used effectively – it can help increase your productivity. These are some apps I have found to be helpful in increasing productivity. There are many other study apps that might work better for you. Comment below on what apps you recommend for studying.