In today’s world, there is an app for just about anything you could imagine. From keeping track of assignments to ensuring Wi-Fi connectivity, grad students are utilizing the applications available to them on their smart phones and tablet computers like never before. Students’ lives can be made easier by downloading the top five productivity apps for grad students compiled based on both affordability and popular reviews.


The popular note-taking app Evernote was rated number one based on its ease to use and outstanding reviews. Evernote allows users to record lectures, take notes and sync all digital data to their computers and other smart devices. Evernote is unlike other note taking apps because it allows users to search images for text. Evernote can be used to take photos of text written on whiteboards or even in books. This app also allows users to post class notes to Twitter and Facebook for easy sharing. With so many features, it’s impressive to note that this app is completely free!

iStudiez Pro

iStudiez pro was rated highly amongst those who tend to spread themselves too thin. With so many organization apps available, one may ask, “Why this one?” iStudiez pro is rated one of the top education apps for its easy navigation and the useful visuals it provides for keeping academic materials and notes organized. The makers of iStudiez provide both a free “lite” version and the full “pro” version for just $2.99.


Trello, the project organizing app, is especially useful for allowing members in a group to divide large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. Trello helps keep members in a group accountable for their individual responsibilities while allowing all members to monitor the progress of the larger projects they are working on. Trello can also be used by individual users working on a large project such as a dissertation or thesis. Perfect for financially struggling grad students, Trello is absolutely free.


The flashcard app Studyblue is nothing like those bulky 2×3 cards once toted around by test panicked students. Studyblue allows users to create flashcards online and receive quick feedback on which concepts being studied need more work. Users are also able to access flash cards made by other users studying the same subject and message classmates to ask questions or swap study ideas. Studyblue is easy to use and free to download.

Wi-Fi Finder

While more and more businesses are offering Wi-Fi to their patrons, busy grad students can’t risk being without Internet access when they’re out on the town, or even out of town, and important assignments come up. Wi-fi finder is a free and easy app to use. Wi-fi finder uses GPS to give users the closest location that offers Wi-Fi service and provides directions on how to get there. Users can specify Internet providers and location type such as bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes.

Lisa Jackson is a career counselor and guest author at, where she contributed to the guide to the Top 20 Online Colleges for Grad Students.