Top 3 apps to increase your productivity as a college student

Written by Charaf Mrah

Hi there! I'm a Software Engineering major currently studying in college. The purpose of this website is to share my learnings and insights with you, in the hopes of providing value and assistance to those who may need it.

Updated Jan 30, 2021

My philosophy with apps is that I try to minimize the number of apps that I use as much as possible. That’s because I think that if I use too many apps for productivity, then I’m just wasting the time that I’m supposed to be saving.

In this list, I got you my top 3 apps for increasing productivity as a fellow college student. The list isn’t stacked nor fancy. It doesn’t have 50 different apps for different tasks, but it’s efficient.


Notion is the number 1 factor that I use way fewer apps than I used to. This app is like a note-taking app + to-do list app + calendar + database + journal.

It’s mind-blowing how much you can do using Notion alone.

Notion’s team built a very powerful app that feels like an OS for your productivity, or a hub for everything you do.

If you think I’m exaggerating, you need to try it yourself. Notion has a free version so you could start with that.

Notion also offers the Personal Pro plan for FREE for students.

I use Notion to organize my documents and ideas mostly. I also use it as a to-do list frequently. In fact, I’m currently using Notion to write this blog post.


As I’ve mentioned earlier. I like to keep things as simple as possible to minimize distractions.

Talking about keeping it simple, I use the default Clock app as a timer. Nothing special about this, and that’s what makes it effective.

Although there are more advanced apps and websites out there that can track your habits and schedule, I still like to use the simple default timer on the Clock app.

I just set a timer for 50 minutes for example, and I’m good to go.

Google Calendar

Although I mentioned that Notion has a built-in calendar, it’s nowhere near as good or advanced as Google Calendar.

Although I like to keep things simple in general, the calendar is one of the areas that it’s not possible to do so without compromising too much.

I use Google Calendar to schedule everything I do.

RELATED: How to plan your week as a college student

Google Calendar is perfect for the task of scheduling and organizing my day in so many ways that it deserves a post on its own.

To keep it short, my favorite parts about Google Calendar is that it syncs across devices, customizable, easy to use.

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