The 15 Best & Free Productivity Apps for Students 2021

Productivity apps can be very helpful for getting more stuff done and managing your time more efficiently. There are nowadays a lot of apps available to store your notes, make plannings, improve the quality of your work, track your study time and lots more. This is a list of the 15 best and free productivity apps, which are in particular very useful for students!


Notion is an increasingly more popular app and website tool under students, as it is very useful for creating structure in your busy life. Both the app and website hve a lot to offer, from making monthly, weekly and daily planners, to writing down your notes. From keeping track of your budgeting, to calculating your grades; everything is possible. This makes is perfect for students, and even better, it is free when you are one.
I also wrote some articles on Notion; how to set up Notion and a list of the best Student Notion Templates. 

Google Drive / Docs / Calendar

Every student is probably already familiar with these apps, but nevertheless, they deserve to be mentioned. Google Docs is very simple in use for writing up your documents; it saves automatically and you can work in one document with many people at the same time, without any trouble. Also, Google Drive is perfect for students as you get 15GB storage, which is actually a lot, for free. Last but not least, Google Calendar, also free and working very well, also when you are with many persons working in it at the same time. I can not imagine not using these apps and devices every single day.


Evernote is a useful app for writing down your notes online. Just like Google Docs, it is free (also premium and business version), saves automatically and you have a lot of GB space.


Todoist is a popular app to organize your life by making to do lists, daily/weekly/monthly planners, etc. It is similar to Notion; it has a lot of options for different templates for bringing more structure to your life.

Forest (Pomodoro)

The Pomodoro technique is a very useful technique to improve your productivity and increase your focus. It means that you alternate blocks of (intensive) studying with little blocks of breaks. Forest can help you with this technique. The app prevents you from getting distracted by your phone by planting trees when not picking up your phone before the timer is finished.


Quizlet is a tool for making flashcards online. Using flashcards has proven to be a (very) effective way of studying, as your brain is actively focused on the study material. Furthermore, flashcards is often experienced to be a relatively fun way of studying.


Gramarly is a free tool for, as the name says, checking the grammar of your text. It is also a good tool for checking the spelling. It highlights your mistakes or the parts where improvement is possible. Very handy is the fact that grammarly can be used on every piece of text online possible; e-mails, Word, Google Docs, etc.!


Habitica is about the habits, as the name reveals. This free habit tracking tool makes building habits a game; you get rewarded when you keep up with your habit and you will get level-up, but it also punishes you when you don’t. Furthermore, you can use the app with other people, which will even give you more motivation, as your entire group will be punished when you do not keep up with the habit.


Ticktick is also an app to organize and structure your life by making to do lists, daily and weekly planners, turning e-mails into tasks directly, setting deadlines, making calendars, and more!


Tide is an app that maybe looks kind of strange in this list, as it is about better sleeping, but this is also very important for students. Sleeping is often not the highest priority for students, but it is crucial for your physical and mental health. Tide offers nature and ocean sounds, a meditation tool, starting timers and alarms, and more to keep you relaxed when student life is all stressful.


Toggl is an time tracker app to see how many hours a day you actually study, work, relax or whatever you like to track. By becoming aware of how many time you spend studying and which day of the day you study the most or the least, you can improve your time management.


Freedom is a free tool to block certain websites as Youtube, Netflix or whatever distracts you from studying, You can set a timer and until the timer is over, you can not visit the the website. This could contribute to your focus on the studying, as you simple are forced away from the distraction.


OneNote is a free Microsoft tool to write down and save your notes on OneDrive and Office 365. It is very useful in organizing your work, making notes in all kind of ways (for example drawing) and you can also use it with different people on the same document.

Hopefully, these free productivity apps can help you increase organization and bringing structure into your student life. If you want to decrease your phone and computer screen time, but still want to be productive, I recommend you to look at this list of the 15 best productivity books for students. 

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