Stay Productive: The Best Free Organization Apps for Students


Being a student when you’re already managing a full- or part-time job, a family, and other responsibilities can be challenging, to say the least! Keeping everything together with post-it notes, phone alarm reminders, or a whiteboard on your fridge might work for some things, but as life gets increasingly hectic, it can be helpful to look to some outside help to juggle everything successfully without adding one more “to-do” to your list.

We use technology to improve our lives in countless ways, so why not look to it for help managing our ever-shifting responsibilities? Here are some of the best free organization apps for students on iPhone and Android to help you keep everything organized and running smoothly.

Google Now

Looking for a personal assistant but not interested in the price tag? Check out Google Now for Android and iOS, as well as for Google Chrome on your personal computer. From quick event and bill pay reminders to traffic information, public alerts and weather notifications – Google Now covers pretty much everything you might need to know in order to better curate your life.

It develops its helpful insights in the form of cards by predicting what you will want to know, based on your previous user history, so you don’t have to spend hours setting everything up. It’s been around for a while – since 2012 – and is the recipient of countless awards, so it’s been thoroughly vetted!


If you’re like most people, any new app you download has to quickly integrate into your life with ease if it has any chance of being used in the future. The best thing about the free app 24me is that it syncs seamlessly with your existing apps to make things like paying your bills, creating reminders, and scheduling group meetings extremely simple. When you create a list or task in 24me, you can easily set due dates and reminders. It also includes lots of other ancillary features that you can choose to use – or not – based on your own personal needs.


Have a whole family’s worth of scheduling to keep track of? Cozi lets you manage not just your schedule, but your whole family’s schedule, with ease. The biggest benefit of this app is its simplicity. It’s easy to use and doesn’t try to be more than it is. Your daughter’s soccer practices, son’s piano lessons, upcoming birthdays, big family gatherings, vacations – all of it fits seamlessly into Cozi’s simple user interface. Plus, it has several nice bonus features, including a recipe feature to help make dinners easier.


As a student, chances are you have a lot of notes, paperwork and documents to keep track of. Dumping everything into a folder on your desktop or file on your cloud drive might work but there’s got to be a better way, right? With Evernote, there is. It’s a widely used document organization app that lets you edit your files easily, sync them with your phone and desktop, and organize them via the app’s delightfully intuitive interface. One downside is that to use it fully, you do have to pay for a subscription, but at just $5 per month, the peace of mind is worth it.

Remember the Milk

Used by millions across the world, Remember the Milk is a task management and calendar app that offers unique features that separate it from the pack. You can easily share your lists, tasks and to-dos with other people, or do really neat things like organize your to-do lists by your geographic location, as the app filters your to-dos based on how close or far you are from the necessary resource. You can even organize your tasks by category, person, day, or priority, and it integrates with the calendars you’re already using.

No one said being an adult student would be easy, but it sure can be a lot less hectic with the help of these time management organization apps. Find what works for you, and let technology take some of the weight off your shoulders!

Published April 28, 2016



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