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Apps that help keep students on task

With the new school year already in full swing, many students may be running into trouble staying organized and prepared for the months ahead. With the help of a few organizational apps and websites, students can tackle the rest of the school year with confidence. The list below contains some of the most highly rated and useful apps students recommend.

Quizlet (free for iOS and at

Instead of carrying bulky packs of index cards and ultimately throwing them away, Quizlet allows users to take their flashcards everywhere and anywhere.

Isabelle Longfellow, a junior at City Honors, says the app “is nice for vocabulary, and is definitely better than just flashcards.”

In addition to self-quizzing with personal flashcard sets, students also can use the study features of Quizlet to reinforce their understanding of material with tests and games, and share and view more than a million other students’ sets as well.

The Official SAT Question of the Day (free for iOS and Android)

Taken by more than 2 million students yearly, the SAT is perhaps the most notorious and intimidating standardized test nationwide. Instead of scrambling to fit in what should have been months’ worth of studying, students can prepare through an official College Board app designed specifically to help with the SAT. In addition to daily questions straight from the test, the app also provides a personal progress tracker, answer explanations, subject-specific questions and immediate access to the previous 30 days’ worth of questions.

EasyBib (free for iOS and Android and at

Citations are a necessary evil of being a student, and formatting can sometimes be harder than the actual research done itself. Luckily, instead of searching through books for obscure information about publisher cities, EasyBib will scan the book’s barcode and come up with its citation in mere seconds. Enter a website URL, and EasyBib will give the citation formatted in your choice of MLA, APA or Chicago style. In addition, EasyBib will save all of your previous citations for future reference with their individual dates and times, and even email them to you.

White Noise (lite version free for iOS and Android and as a browser extension from

Multiple studies have proven that white noise relaxes the brain, reduces stress and helps increase listeners’ focus. With more than 40 looped sounds to choose from, the White Noise app is the perfect substitute for distracting study music and disruptive noises. Its alarm feature also allows it to time study sessions, and with more than 100 free downloadable sounds available, White Noise can help you focus with any sound you need.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary (free for iOS and Android)

Tackling tough vocabulary for any class can be straightforward and convenient with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app, which lets you save previously defined words, keep track of particularly challenging words, and provide synonyms and examples for further guidance. The app even contains a voice search option for when a word is so complex it can’t be spelled, and a Word of the Day feature to help enhance your vocabulary with just a tap of the app.

Evernote (free for iOS and Android without a monthly subscription)

Evernote condenses all of your reminders, events, notes and random reference pictures into one neatly organized app with customizable categorization and an easy-to-use interface. Collaborate on projects in chats, annotate pictures and notes, and even organize tidbits with tags and place-markers. Your account stays connected across any platform the app is available on, meaning all of your notes are available at almost any time, anywhere.

Forest (99 cents for iOS and free for Android)

Staying focused and motivated is sometimes the hardest part of working, especially with media and distractions around every corner. This is where Forest comes in to encourage users and help keep them on task. When a timer is set, a seed is planted, which provides the opportunity to add a full-grown tree to your forest. However, if you click the home button or switch out of the app, your seed dies and the dead tree shows up in your forest as well.

“Forest helps me to focus on my work, rather than playing on my phone,” Victoria Faltisco, a junior at City Honors, said. “Growing trees is actually very encouraging.”

Although these apps can’t finish your homework for you or give all the answers, they can help you work more efficiently and stay organized throughout the school year. From a fellow student, good luck this year!

Alivia Smeltzer-Darling is a junior at City Honors.