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The 7 Best Study Planning Apps for All Students | MakeUseOf

As a student, you're responsible for keeping track of test dates, quizzes, homework assignments, and final exams. On top of that, maybe you partake in after-school activities and sports. This makes it even harder for you to keep track of due dates and tests.

If you feel that you're sinking in a pile of assignments, you need to add some organization to your life. These are some of the best study planner apps that can help you set times to study and remind you of upcoming exams so you're not caught off-guard.

1. Chipper

Using Chipper can greatly improve your time-management skills. This study planning app comes equipped with several tools dedicated to students. Simply add all the courses that you're currently taking, and organize them by time and date in the built-in schedule.

Chipper also allows you to add tests, homework due dates, papers, labs, and quizzes to your calendar to help you stay on top of your coursework. When you're ready to study, open the Study tab to set a timer for your session.

This app rewards you with "earnings" in the form of imaginary cash as you complete tasks. You don't actually receive any of these earnings in real life, but it's a good incentive to keep you moving forward.

Download: Chipper for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Todait

If you often get sidetracked when studying, you should consider downloading Todait---it comes with the ability to mute notifications from other apps. This simple to-do list tool also lets you schedule specific tasks based on criteria like a specific number of problems to solve, a certain range of pages to read, or a number of terms to memorize. Todait allows you to set a timer for a study session or any other project you're working on.

As you add tasks and begin completing them, Todait will show you how much time you've spent studying and the percentage of tasks that you've finished. To get a wider perspective on your performance, Todait gathers statistics on all your study sessions and displays them in helpful graphs. This can motivate you to succeed even more.

Download: Todait for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Egenda

Use Egenda to build an easy-to-read schedule for your homework assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests. When you write down assignments in a physical agenda book, you might find that you can't read your own handwriting, or you gloss over an important assignment by mistake. Egenda helps you avoid all of this by color-coding and organizing your tasks.

Simply add this semester's courses, along with assignments and their due dates. Egenda will let you know when your assignments are due and will also give you helpful reminders about upcoming due dates.

Download: Egenda for iOS | Android (Free)

4. My Study Life

With My Study Life, you can easily add tasks, classes, and exams to a weekly schedule template for students. When you add your classes, you can input detailed information about them such as the room number, module, time, and even the teacher. If you struggle to remember holidays or class rotations, you can input that information in My Study Life as well.

Your dashboard displays all your upcoming assignments, exams, and classes. This way, you'll never forget about that assignment that's due tomorrow.

Download: My Study Life for iOS | Android (Free)

5. Power Planner

Power Planner is a clean and simple study schedule app that's perfect for middle school, high school, and even college students. As one of the most useful apps for every student, it helps you remember class times, keep track of tests, and can assist you with staying on top of your assignments.

Power Planner integrates with Google Calendar to make your life even easier. Better yet, you can also estimate your GPA by inputting assignment and test grades. If you want to add more than one semester and five grades per class, you'll have to spend a few dollars on the premium version.

Download: Power Planner for iOS | Android (Free, premium version available)

6. Easy Study

To get started on Easy Study, add your classes along with how often you want to study for them. When it's time to hunker down, Easy Study will shoot a notification to your phone as a reminder. Easy Study allows you to input additional information about each subject---you can add specific activities you'd like to get done during each study session.

Once you start studying, Easy Study will start a timer. If you want to view how much you've studied so far, you can view the elapsed time under the Statistics tab. Just keep in mind that the free version of this app comes with ads and some limited features.

Download: Easy Study for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

7. School Planner

The School Planner app has a ton of versatility when it comes to schedule options. You can easily input your classes into the app (or use the default templates), as well as choose specific time blocks. You also have the ability to add any upcoming events, tasks, or exams that will appear right on the dashboard of the planner.

Head to the Library tab to get an idea of how much the app offers. The experience isn't limited to class times and assignments; you can also add grades, teachers, vacation, days you were absent, and school report cards.

If you want to keep an even closer eye on your performance, try uploading any school-related files from your phone. Have a friend in your class? Share the schedule with them from the Settings tab.

Download: School Planner for Android (Free)

8. Study Bunny: Focus Timer

Study Bunny is a less conventional study tracker app, but it makes studying a lot more fun. For starters, it introduces you to an adorable cartoon bunny that acts as your study partner. You can use the app to time study sessions, create to-do lists, make flashcards, and keep track of your progress.

When you start studying, you'll earn coins that you can use to treat the bunny. You can buy items to feed and customize your pal, which will help motivate you to finish a long study session.

Download: Study Bunny: Focus Timer for iOS | Android (Free)

9. StudySmarter

StudySmarter is a helpful study planning app that lets you collaborate with other students from around the world. To help you save time, the app allows for shareable flashcards. This means that you can search for and use flashcards that other users have already made.

In addition to that handy feature, StudySmarter also lets you upload and annotate documents, as well as create study groups with students from other universities. And when you want to check your progress, you can use the app's built-in charts to visualize your study time and see if you're meeting your weekly goals.

Download: StudySmarter for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

10. myHomework Student Planner

The myHomework Student Planner app is a straightforward way to keep tabs on your studies. To get started, you simply have to input your class schedule and any upcoming assignments.

myHomework Student Planner will then generate a color-coded class schedule, as well as a calendar that organizes your upcoming classes, assignments, and tests. It also creates a clean list of homework assignments, which makes it much easier to remember important due dates.

Download: myHomework Student Planner for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

Stay on Track With a Study Planner App

Who needs a messy assignment book when you have a study planner app? Instead of jotting down due dates on your calendar, take it on-the-go with your smartphone. Having an app at your fingertips can serve as a reminder to start studying or to complete an important assignment. Better yet, it's much easier to read and visualize when you use a template on an app.

You probably spend a lot of time on your computer after school. Thankfully, there are plenty of great homework tools you can use in your browser, too.

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18 Amazing Discounts You Can Get With a Free EDU Email Address

If you've studied or worked at a higher education institution in the United States, there's a good chance you've held an email address from your school at some point in your life. If you're lucky, you still might have access to your EDU email account.

Because of its association with students and education, having an email from your school or college offers many perks. But what are those perks? Keep reading to discover the benefits and discounts you can tap into with your EDU email account.

Note: There are some ways to bag yourself an EDU email even if you're not involved with a school or college, but they might be a touch shady!

1. Amazon Prime

If you have an EDU email, you can grab a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime in the United States. The standard trial length is 30 days.

After the trial period ends, you automatically become eligible for the Amazon Prime student discount. It entitles you to 50 percent off the cost of Prime for the duration of your subscription.

While using the Amazon Prime student discount, you get access to all Prime's features. There are no restrictions or limits.

And, unlike some other services which offer EDU benefits, Amazon Prime does not use SheerID verification. It means anyone with an EDU email can take advantage of the cheaper rate, even if they are not a student.

2. Adobe Creative Cloud

Another service that doesn't use SheerID verification is Adobe Creative Cloud.

All EDU email holders are eligible for a 60 percent discount in the first year and a 40 percent discount thereafter. That means you'll only pay $20/month for 12 months, then $30/month following the initial period. The regular price for non-EDU email users is $53/month.

Like with Amazon Prime, you'll have access to the entire Creative Cloud suite. That includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Spark, Premiere Rush, XD, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat Pro.

The massive discount is a good enough reason to buy Creative Cloud and start working on your graphic designing skills.

3. Spotify

Spotify offers a student discount to students with an EDU email. The discount is not available to teachers with an EDU email, nor anyone else who cannot be verified as a student via SheerID.

The Spotify student discount is 50 percent. That means you will only pay $4.99 per month for the duration of your study period, up to a maximum of four years. You can maintain your discount until the end of a 12-month billing cycle if you graduate mid-way through your plan.

As a bonus, you also get Hulu and SHOWTIME thrown in for free, meaning you'll have access to all three apps for the single low price.

Spotify does not apply the student discount to its family plans. If you live in a student house with several people and only want a basic Spotify music plan, a family plan may still prove to be more economical.

4. Office 365

Microsoft doesn't use SheerID, so anyone with an EDU email can sign up to receive the basic version of Office 365 Education for free.

That means you'll get the online versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, as well as some education-specific classroom tools that aren't available in the regular versions of Office 365. All users also get 1TB of OneDrive space for free.

5. GitHub Student Developer Pack

GitHub offers its Student Developer Pack to all students who can authenticate themselves with SheerID. That means teachers and other EDU email owners are excluded.

The pack includes a huge suite of free and discounted tools to help out young coders and programmers, including Canva, Name.com, Microsoft Azure, Educative, MongoDB, and more.

6. The Washington Post

It's not only tech giants who offer benefits to students. Mainstream media companies have also gotten in on the act.

The Washington Post newspaper, for example, has an academic rate of $5/month for all students and teachers, and the first month is only $1. The regular piece of a plan is $10 per month.

7. The New York Times

Similarly, there are also student discounts if you subscribe to The New York Times. Students receive a free month then pay $2 every four weeks. Teachers and other EDU email holders can enjoy the same service for $4/month.

Both plans allow subscribers to read an unlimited number of articles on any device.

8. Cell Phone Plans

The big four American cell phone carriers---AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile---all offer student discounts for people with .EDU email addresses.

The exact discounts available vary considerably depending on the institution you attend and the type of plan you want. We recommend speaking to the carriers directly if you would like more information.

9. Google Drive

If your EDU email address belongs to a school or college that uses GSuite, you can grab yourself an unlimited amount of storage on Google Drive for free.

There is no other plan which offers unlimited Google Drive storage. If you don't have an EDU email, Google's top 30TB package costs $6 per month. You can also opt for the subscription-based Google One storage service with all its extra benefits.

Keep in mind that if you lose access to your EDU email address, you will lose the benefit and return to the basic 15GB plan. You would not lose access to your data, but you would need to download it and get your usage below the 15GB limit before you could upload new data.

10. Apple

Apple offers student discounts on Apple Music, as well as its hardware such as MacBooks and iMacs, and some of its web services.

You can save $100 on a MacBook Pro. Other savings include $50 on an iPad, and you can pick up Apple's Pro Apps Bundle (Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3) for $199. You can also pick up iDrive storage with a 50 percent discount.

Apple Music is free for six months and will then cost you $4.99 per month. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not perform a SheerID scan, so anyone with an EDU email address can take advantage of the discount.

11. LastPass

Going to school or college inevitably means you're going to get inundated with new login credentials for a near-endless number of apps and services.

To make sure you can keep on top of them all, LastPass offers all students six months of LastPass Premium for free.

The Premium tier includes access on all supported devices, password sharing, emergency access, 1GB of encrypted storage space, and more.

12. MLB.TV

Despite the pandemic, the sporting calendar has slowly managed to come back online in the second half of 2020.

If you're a baseball fan heading back to college, make sure you grab the free access to MLB.TV. It's one of many student email benefits in the sporting world. You'll need to use ID.me to verify yourself as a student.

And remember, as with the regular MLB.TV plans, the student tier also suffers from blackouts in local markets.

13. Skillshare

Skillshare is an education website for people who want to learn new skills or broaden existing hobbies. The site runs two programs specifically for students.

The first, Skillshare Student Scholarship, offers 50 percent off a Skillshare premium membership for anybody with a valid .EDU email address.

A second plan---Skillshare Premium Scholarship---is available to students who can't afford the paid tier. You will need to answer some questions about your financial situation when you apply for the program.

14. Student Advantage

A Student Advantage card costs $30/year for anyone with an .EDU email address.

Once you are a member, you get access to a whole host of incredible student discounts. Some of the bargains on offer include the following:

  • $5 off Sports Illustrated
  • 40% off AMC theater tickets
  • 10% off Greyhound fares
  • 15% off Footlocker orders over $75
  • Up to 25% off Lenovo laptops
  • Savings of 10%-50% on Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline.
  • 10% off a meal in Applebees

In total, several hundred companies participate in the scheme.

15. Norton

Another immutable fact of student life is that you're going to have to connect to countless public Wi-Fi networks over the course of your studies.

Public Wi-Fi networks are notorious for hackers who want to steal your identity---so one of the best ways to stay safe is to use Norton's antivirus suite.

If you have an .EDU email address, the entry-level Antivirus Plus plan is available for $20 (rather than $60). The top plan (Norton 36o LifeLock) drops from $150 to $90.

16. General Motors

A new truck probably won't be near the top of most student's wish list---even if you can afford it, there are better ways to invest your money at that age.

However, if you really must have some new wheels, have a look at General Motors college discounts. To participate, you must be a current college or graduate student, or should have graduated within the past two years.

Many vehicles are available in the program, including lots of new and unused Chevrolets, Buicks, and GMCs in 2019, 2020, and 2021 models.

17. SiteGround

If you're dreaming of launching the next Facebook or YouTube, you're going to need web hosting.

One of the best hosting providers to offer an .EDU email discount is SiteGround. For just $2/month, you get access to all the features of the company's regular entry-level hosting plan. That includes 2GB of storage, free email accounts, free CDN, multiple PHP versions, and automated daily backups.

18. Autodesk

Autodesk is responsible for the popular computer-aided design software, AutoCAD. It lets users create 2D and 3D drawings and is widely used in the architecture and engineering industries.

If you are studying a related field, you can be sure that AutoCAD will pop up in your course at some point.

Thankfully, the price needn't be a burden. Students and teachers can get access to Autodesk products and services with an .EDU email. The apps will remain free for as long as you are eligible.

Learn More: Technology and Students

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