The 9 Best Apps for Online Students in 2017

Studying for an online degree is a great way back into education. It gives people a fantastic opportunity to study around work, family or other commitments, and opens education up to those who otherwise would have no chance to better themselves. In 2017, we are very lucky to have technology and apps which can make this process much easier. Here’s a look at some of the best.


If you study online around other commitments there is a good chance that you’re very busy. You might spend time studying out of the home or just want a way to quickly jot down ideas when you are on the go. Evernote gives you a great way to do both. Install the Evernote app on all of your devices and you can make notes wherever you are. You will also be able to add tables and pictures.


Dropbox is another fantastic tool for those that work on the go. Save files, photos, and documents to your Dropbox and they’ll be available on all your devices without taking up lots of storage space.


Documents is a useful tool for those using apps such as Dropbox and Evernote. Firstly, it allows you to keep all your documents, in one easy place to find. It also allows you to annotate and make notes on them easily.


MLO or My Life Organised is a great tool for those with a lot on. If you are studying a course, for example, an online masters in public administration, while working or raising a family, it can be useful to have an app like this to help organize and plan your days.


Pinterest can be incredibly useful. It’s not just for pinning recipes and fashion, although that can be fun. You can pin anything. Create boards for your projects and pin research articles and essays for later.


If you are a student living on a tight budget an app like Mint is perfect for you. Mint helps you to budget by showing you exactly what money you need and exactly where it is going. When it comes to money, being well-informed can help you make smarter decisions.


Wunderlist is one of many to-do list apps out there, but the simple design makes it user-friendly and genuinely helpful.


Being a student isn’t all about hard work. It’s also about having fun and trying new things. Foursquare is a great app for finding local restaurants and attractions. It’s especially useful if you plan to travel or spend time in areas you’re not familiar with.


When you’re busy studying, there isn’t always time to cook or go out. The GrubHub app lets you quickly order takeaway from many different local restaurants and pay online. It’ll even save your favorites.

Apps can be a wonderful tool if you make them work for you. Try those on this list. There’ll be some you enjoy using and keep and others that you don’t find particularly useful, and that’s fine. Apps like these are all about making your life easier and allowing you to focus more of your time and energy on your online MPA degree. So, keep what works for you and delete the rest.

This page was last updated on May 25, 2017.

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