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  • Manini Sethi

There's an App For That

Remember when we used to go to classes? Now there's an app for that.

Here are four must-have apps for students.


If you're anything like me and find yourself having difficulty getting off your phone when you should actually be studying for a test or focusing on your ongoing online lecture, this one is for you.

Here's how it works:

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Trust me, watching your tree wither away just because you decided to watch the Instagram story of that random girl named Tammy who was in your high school and who you've never (and probably will never) speak to IRL is all the motivation you need to start paying attention to your online lecture. Maybe the experience will also help you realize that knowing what Tammy had for lunch today will not add much value to your life. On the other hand, when you spend the virtual coins that you earn on the Forest app from letting your trees grow, Forest donates money to organizations such as Trees for the Future which plants actual trees in the world to help contribute towards a greener planet. So far, Forest users have contributed towards the plantation of 910,612 trees.

Forest is available on Google Play and The App Store.


Suppose for some reason, you just *have* to watch Tammy's Instagram story while you're in class (maybe she was your childhood crush..? I'm not here to judge). Evernote will help you do you by taking your notes for you. One of my favorite features of the app is that it can help you convert voice to text and can also help you share these notes across different platforms.

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Evernote also helps you scan documents from your phone and helps you stay organized. The app also allows for collaboration and allows multiple users to access folders at the same time.

The free version of the app allows you to sync your data across two devices and allows 60 MB of new uploads each month.


Now, while Evernote was busy making your notes for you, you finally gathered the courage to reply to Tammy's Instagram story and you want to pretend to be interested in the bagel she's having. Let's also assume that you're like me and English is your second language, or maybe it's not but you just don't want to risk sounding silly. Grammarly has you covered. The free version of the app checks your writing for spellings, grammar, and punctuation. You can copy-paste your text in the app or even simply use the Chrome extension.

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Using Grammarly over time will also help you eventually improve your writing. I like to look at it as the training wheels of writing. Grammarly definitely helps build the confidence you need initially and hopefully, soon you won't need it as much.


You and Tammy have been going around for a while now. Your well-crafted message about her bagel won her over and you went out on a few dates but now it's starting to get messy. You both decided to get the bill on alternate dates but somehow she always seems to get the coffee dates while you get the drinks and dinner at the fancy restaurant. Splitwise is an app that allows users to split expenses with anyone, including travel companions, roommates, and partners. The app allows you to create groups or add friends and split expenses with them. You can even request money or make settlements the app.

Here are some features of the app:

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