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5 Productivity Apps Recommended for Students Abroad

Technology today plays a big role in being a student. We’re always online and, whether if it’s for school or not, our lives seem to be immensely connected with it. That’s why it is important to make use of it as a tool to increase our productivity. Although many apps are available on the app store, these are 5 basic apps that may help you ace college.

“Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before—if we will allow it.”

~Jenny Arledge


With everything literally at the palm of our hands, a lot of things can distract us from actually doing something productive, and, most times, procrastination wins over our self-control. Forest is an app that prevents you from using your phone while you study, do homework, or anything that requires focus. As you set the timer, a tree will be planted. If you choose to end the timer before the time is up, the tree will die. As you “plant” more trees, you will earn more coins which can be spent on buying new species of trees to plant and, if you collect enough coins, you can spend them by financing the planting of a real tree. With so much temptations around, an app that helps you get on track is just what you need.


As college students, resourcefulness is important. It’s important to make use of everything you have on hand, and it helps in avoiding clutter, even if its technological clutter. The more apps we have, the more things we need to worry about, and the more distractions can keep us away from things we need to do. That is why it’s good to make use of apps already on your phone. Most devices can be connected with Google. With this, it’s easier to sync schedules, appointments, notes, reminders, and other things between all your devices. You can sync your calendar, your notes, and your files by logging your device into google, and be alerted for reminders and dates. It’s as easy as that, and it’s free.


Learning a new language can be difficult, especially when your academic workload is insane and when your schedule is booked. However, with your phone always in your hand, pocket, or bag, you can easily learn wherever you are, without excuses. Duolingo is a language learning app and website, which provides placement tests if you already know the language, and lays out the basics of beginners. One lesson only takes a minute or less, so there can be no excuse to not do it! The app also notifies you on your preferred time when it’s time to learn. With duolingo, learning a new language has been made easier, and most importantly, more accessible.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that has a ginormous library of different topics from physics, math, to humanities and the arts. They cater to a wide array of students, or non-students, for the dissemination of knowledge. In discussions, it’s crucial to know a lot of things about the topics that you cover to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to answer! Of course, more than that, it’s just fun to know a lot. Furthermore, Khan Academy allows you to study classes you do not currently take, and all the knowledge only resides in your pocket.


Quizlet is an app that acts as digital flashcards that make your studying easier. It can also be synced and accessed in its website version. Quizlet allows you to input the things you need to learn on each flashcard, and you can test yourself with its “test” function. You can also study and test yourself with already existing sets on the app or site. With this app, reviewing becomes paper-free, in your pocket accessible, and most importantly, fun and easy.

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