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6. Mendeley

Finally! An app that lets users annotate an search across PDFs, often in the form of Journal articles needed for class. The app is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers and students, allowing them to create their own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Users can sync their library across all devices including Mendeley Desktop, where they can easily cite research as they write in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice. Other features include reading, highlighting and annotating PDFs from anywhere; saving PDFs to the Mendeley library from other apps or web browser; searching the library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract; editing document details; and much more. Price: Free. iOS, Android

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7. Mint

Never has there been a better time for this app (think: student loans) than now. Created by the developers of Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint Bills, Mint allows users to manage all of their money in one place. Users can view all of their accounts—checking, savings, credit cards—and automatically add and categorize transactions, all within the app. Users can also check their credit score for free while learning how to improve it. Price: Free. iOS, Android

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8. Scholly

Shark Tank winner Christopher Gray developed this app so that high school, college and graduate students could easily access more ways to pay for college. With a free Scholly account, gain immediate access to Scholly’s scholarship-winning essays, tips and advice. Create a paid account for $2.99 and unlock access to Scholly’s award-winning, personalized scholarship matching and application tracking platform. Price: Free, but $2.99 to unlock the best capabilities. iOS, Android

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9. Slack

A favorite of Silicon Valley, this team communication app has hit campuses nationwide. At Stanford, the student entrepreneurship association, Bases, relies on Slack for work management. Every team in the organization has a channel, and when a special event arises, administrators create a new channel. Slack also aims to help eliminate emails and increase transparency across the group. Price: Free. iOS, Android

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10. Trello

This app provides a more organized approach to studying and collaborating with your peers and colleagues. Trello aims to help users cut down on the meetings for group projects and manage tasks. Users can organize the entire project from the beginning stages all the way to the final product. Other features include customizing workflows for different projects; adding checklists of “To-Dos” on cards; assigning tasks to yourself and coworkers; commenting on items with your friends or colleagues; uploading photos and videos; attaching files; and more. Price: Free, with options to upgrade to Gold for more functionality. iOS, Android

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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