6 useful free apps for online students

Online education boomed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is still going on now: students appreciated the opportunity to improve their qualifications or get a new speciality literally without leaving home. Unfortunately, many just don’t have enough motivation to make it to the finish line. According to EdMarket Research, only 59% of students complete the program.

Stay Focusd

An Android app and Chrome extension that helps combat an actively time-eating Internet addiction. If you are studying and want to concentrate on the material, use the installed application to block all the entertainment sites that you used to visit in every free minute: for example, social networks, blogs, YouTube. This app helps me when I need to do my excel homework and concentrate a lot. 

Stay Focusd allows you to completely block a resource for a certain period on a one-time basis (for example, for 2 hours during which an online lesson is in progress) or regularly. Rebooting your phone doesn’t throw off the app’s settings. You can also request information about time spent on different sites – a proven time-management tool!

There is an app for iOS called SelfControl with similar features.


Symbiosis of the planner and notepad, which is always on hand. It differs from other similar applications by the function of forming convenient lists of notes, as well as the possibility of the visual design of records.

Evernote can be used for the storage of important files of your own, to save in it the whole web pages that may be necessary. Feedback from users has shown that Evernote is even useful for planning daily household chores and is indispensable when it comes to studying. Making a list of things to do for the day and keeping track of important information will do you a great favor. Relying on your memory is a bad idea, especially with an active rhythm of life. A premium account gives you advanced features.

The app works with Android, iOS, and as an extension in PC browsers.


A voice recorder that will surprise you. Unlike the built-in phone OS, as well as most similar applications, Recordium not only records the speech but also allows you to highlight the important moments in the recording with color. Just imagine: in a boring 2-hour lecture you can put markers of really significant places that you will have to listen to again. Using the app, you will save yourself from having to scroll through the entire recording or keep the time codes in your head.

The app works with iOS.


Honeygain is a passive income app that will pay you real money in exchange for your unused internet connection. The app works as a crowdsourced web intelligence network, and it can help earn some extra income without effort or any investments. That makes it a perfect option for students, since getting a job might be impossible due to the lack of time. This app is safe and extremely easy to use, all you have to do in order to start earning is download the app and register. 

The app works on Andriod, IOS, macOS, Windows, and Linux platforms. 

Clockwork Tomato

An effective timer app for regulating study and rest. Its working principle is based on the famous Pomodoro Technique, which suggests alternating between intense work and short rest times. Professionals from EssayAssistant highly recommend this app.

In the standard version, this ratio is 25 minutes to 5 minutes, but you can set the time intervals yourself, make them one-time or cyclic, provide a long break after passing several intervals. The app notifies you of the end of a work or rest period with a pleasant sound that you can change in the settings. Clockwork Tomato is good because it allows you to focus on work, but it also reminds you to rest.

Works on the Android platform.


If you have to pass through a lot of text materials or read specialized literature while studying, it’s worth installing the classic “reader” application on your phone. FBReader supports popular e-book formats, allows you to choose a pleasant background for the text, increases the font, reduces the overall contrast. The files in the library are conveniently sorted. A simple but extremely useful application that replaces a separate e-book.

There are the same apps for Android and iOS.


A useful app for university students and those taking online courses. The program is based on a speech recognition algorithm that allows you to take notes by reading out the text. The application converts verbal speech into written text, producing a text of acceptable quality. It can be used both for writing down a long lecture and for quick notes while watching a lesson. The intuitive interface allows you to take notes on the run, and you can edit the text even while recording.

The app works on Android and PC.

Auxiliary educational mobile applications for students can make life easier for people studying online. With their help, it is possible to plan time, make task lists, take notes, focus on current affairs, and even improve memory and other cognitive skills. All of the presented applications are free, but some of them offer expanded functionality at the expense of a commercial subscription.

Prabhul Kurup
Prabhul Kurup
Meet Prabhul Kurup, with degrees in IT and Digital Marketing and writes about the coolest tech trends, smart marketing, and how to grow businesses. When he's not geeking out over gadgets, he's strumming melodies on his guitar.


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