As we get down to the business end of term, we were wondering: are there any apps that could make our students’ lives easier? So, here’s five that just might:

Forest app

1. Forest

If like 99.9% of the population, you find the urge to check your phone disrupts your study time, try this clever little app. You decide how long you want to be dissuaded from using your mobile, press go, and a virtual seed is planted. As long as you don’t check your messages, the seed grows into a cute tree; break the rules and the tree dies. You’d be amazed how effective this simple bit of emotional blackmail can be.

myhomework app

2. myHomework Student Planner

Everyone seems to love this calendar-based app, which allows you to programme classes, meetings, assignment deadlines, etc, as well as programme reminders when work is due. Clearly designed and easy to use, it could prove invaluable if you find it hard to keep on top of your schedule.

go conqur

3. GoConqr

Whatever the study tools you need – mind maps, flow charts, flashcards, notes, etc – this app can help you make them, thus offering creative ways for students to get the most from their classes and home study. There’s also a social network element to encourage students to share ideas and tips.

easybib app

4. Easybib

Everyone knows that referencing your assignments can be a pain, but this app aims to make the job just that a little bit easier. You just scan the barcode of a book and it automatically makes a citation for you in the style you choose. There’s also a tool that allows you to check your paper for plagiarism and grammar errors.

smart doc app

5. Smart Doc Scanner

Transcribing reams of text from a key book can be tedious – which is where this clever little fella comes in. The app turns any mobile into a portable scanner, meaning you can turn individual pages, documents or notes into pdf form for you to consult (or share) later. It’s the sort of tool that once you’ve had it for a week you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.