9 apps for productivity

April 26, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Culture | Amanda Ahlm

9 apps for productivity

These apps could help students get stuff done.

Sometimes the use of portable devices wastes more time than it saves. However, with the help of some free applications, your smartphone, laptop or tablet may be able to help you stay on task. The following applications are available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows and Mac. Some require an Internet connection for full functionality.


This application is great for taking notes on any of your portable devices. After creating an account, your notes are accessible anywhere. Import photos, PDF files and voice recordings to keep all necessary notes in one place.


With Dropbox, you will never be without your papers or assignments. Download the Dropbox application on your PC, Mac or iPad, and access your files from anywhere with Wi-Fi. You can also create a shared file to coordinate with others on group projects.


This app brings you news from blogs, magazines and newspapers that appeal to you. No more scanning through headlines looking for news that you find interesting. Indicate your interests and the app will bring you all the latest news regarding those topics. Categories include travel, art, health, fashion, sports and more.


This application is like a Pinterest for information. It allows you to save webpages without all the ads and annoying extras. Working on a research paper? Pocket different pages so you can have a file of information to draw from. Plus, you don’t have to worry about scrambling to find where you got the information when doing citations. Don’t have time to read an interesting blog post? Pocket it and you can read it later. This app is compatible with over 300 different applications.


For those who need music to study, Pandora is a great way to discover new music and listen to music selections that you enjoy. Select an artist that you like, and Pandora will play music by that artist and others like them. Make an account to save your channels so you can access them from any device.

Find My iPhone

Lost your phone somewhere on or off campus? Find My iPhone allows you to see exactly where your phone is on a map. It will even tell you which building on campus your phone is in. If you still can’t find it, the application will let you send off a beeping noise, even if your phone is on silent. (Sorry Android users, this one is only for Apple products.)


While Pinterest may be a major time-waster for some, it can be a valuable tool for gathering ideas. Education majors can get ideas for projects to do with classes or creative teaching methods. Art or graphic design majors can find inspiration or ideas for upcoming projects. Beware — it can be a dangerous black hole for time if you get sidetracked.


In the midst of the millions of task management applications, Wunderlist is a straightforward, usable application that syncs your lists cross-platform, and it allows you to spend more time actually doing the things on your list than creating it.


If you are sick of spending hours making white flashcards, StudyBlue is the application for you. Quickly make a set of flashcards for your next exam or search the database of flashcards created by other students at Bethel and find the class and test you are studying for. Make sure you organize your own cards too, so that you can do the same favor for other students.


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