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This is probably the weirdest back-to-school season ever. We collected 50+ of our favourite tools, apps, and services to help you ease into the next semester.
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Khan Academy

The non-profit Khan Academy offers free video lessons in many subjects, including maths, economics, and the humanities.
khanacademy.org

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Khan Academy E‑Learning Yes N/A N/A Web, Android, iOS

Supernotes

Supernotes is a collaborative note-taking app with breathtaking speed and usability. Organize your tasks, ideas, and notes with style.
supernotes.app

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Supernotes Note-taking Yes N/A 6/month iOS, Android

Perlego

“Spotify for Textbooks.” Pay a low monthly fee for unlimited access to over 300,000 professional and academic titles. Founded in 2016 in London, Perlego now works with over 2800 of the world’s leading publishers including Pearson, Wiley and Bloomsbury.
perlego.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Perlego Books No Yes (2-weeks) 12/month Web, iOS, Android

Obsidan

A personal knowledge base that runs locally on Markdown files.
obsidian.md

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Obsidan Note-Taking Yes 25 Mac, Windows, Linux

Zotero

The OG reference generator. Open-Source and platform agnostic.
zotero.org

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Zotero Referencing Yes N/A N/A Mac, Windows, Linux

iA Writer

The world’s best-looking minimalist writing app.
ia.net/writer

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
iA Writer Writing No Yes 29 Mac, iOS, Windows, Android

Hemingway Editor

A writing app that helps your writing be clearer and more to-the-point by highlighting words and sentences.
hemingwayapp.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Hemingway Editor Writing Yes N/A 19.99 Mac, iOS

Kopernio

Access papers from anywhere using your universities library subscription
kopernio.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Kopernio Research Yes N/A N/A Chrome

Unpaywall

An open database of 20+ million open access scientific papers
unpaywall.org

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Unpaywall Research Yes N/A N/A Web, Chrome, Firefox

Scholarcy

AI-powered summarization of research papers.
scholarcy.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Scholarcy Research Yes Yes (14days) 7.99/month Web, Chrome

Open Access Button

Quickly check if a paper you need is available from any Open Access sources
openaccessbutton.org

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
OA Button Research Yes N/A N/A Chrome, Firefox

SemanticScholar

Search for a paper and find related papers, as well as other related materials. Also gives you information on how many citations a paper has, and whether it’s been featured in the press.
semanticscholar.org

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
SemanticScholar Research Yes N/A N/A Web

Evernote

A note taking app helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.
evernote.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Evernote Note-taking Yes Yes 7/month Mac, iOS, Windows, Android

Google Docs

Collaborative text editing from Google. Great for group projects — never send Word documents back and forth ever again.
docs.google.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Google Docs Productivity Yes N/A N/A Web, iOS, Android

GitHub Student Developer Pack

Get a bunch of awesome discounts from GitHub
education.github.com/pack

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Student Dev Pack E‑Learning Yes N/A N/A Web

InternFromHome

Looking for a remote internship? InternFromHome is for you! Browse and apply for remote internships at dozens of companies. Fun fact: This is what we at Citationsy used to find out interns.
internfromhome.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
InternFromHome Work Yes N/A N/A Web

Housemates

Hassle-free student accommodation and housing.
housemates.io

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Housemates Accomodation Yes N/A N/A Web

Grammarly

Check your writing for spelling misatkes, grammatical errors, and more.
grammarly.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Grammarly Writing Yes Yes 12/month Web, Chrome, Firefox

Overleaf

Edit LaTeX online. No need to install anything, and you can even collaborate with others on the same LaTeX document in real time.
overleaf.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Overleaf Writing Yes N/A 14/month Web

Docsity

Share notes from your classes and lectures and access other students notes.
docsity.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Docsity Studying Yes N/A N/A Web

Quizlet

From flashcards to help you learn, to games that make it easy to get a handle on history, use a variety of tools to conquer any challenge.
quizlet.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Quizlet Studying Yes Yes 19.99/year Web, iOS, Android

myHomework

An app that helps students at any level improve their organization and become better students.
myhomeworkapp.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
myHomework Productivity Yes N/A 5/year Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Kindle, Chrome

uBlock Origin (Adblocker)

There are many ad blockers out there, but this is the MVP. Finally browse in peace.
uBlock Origin

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
uBlock Origin Adblock Yes N/A N/A Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge

Scanner App

You probably don’t have a scanner in your dorm room, but this app is so good people will think you do.
App Store

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Scanner App Scanning Yes N/A 4/month iOS

Speechify Text Reader

A mobile and desktop app that allows people with dyslexia, ADHD, low vision, concussions, and other reading difficulties to have any text read out to them using a computer generated text to speech voice.
getspeechify.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Speechify Learning support Yes N/A 8/month Web, Mac, iOS, Android

Weava

A research productivity tool for students to highlight, organize, and create their research documents all in one place.
weavatools.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Weava Research Yes N/A 4/month Chrome

StickMe Notes

Organize your to do list, task list, and reminders with StickMe Notes – the most awesome sticky note & task manager app with built in alarm for iPhone.
studiomosaicapps.com/stickmenotes/

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
StickMe Notes Note-taking Yes N/A month iOS

Duolingo

Learn a language in a fun, points-based way. This owl will haunt your dreams.
duolingo.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Duolingo Languages Yes N/A 9.99/month iOS, Android

Prolific

Quickly find research participants you can trust.
prolific.co

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Prolific Research No N/A Quote Web

PDF Drive

A search engine for PDF files. As of today they have over 84 million eBooks for you to download for free.
pdfdrive.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
PDF Drive E-books Yes Yes (7 days) 4/month Web

Trello

A great way to organize your tasks
trello.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Trello Productivity Yes N/A 10/month Mac, iOS, Windows, Android

Freedom

App and website blocker for Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and Chrome, used by over a million people to reclaim focus and produc ­tivity.
freedom.to

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Freedom Productivity Yes Yes (7 days) 2.50/month Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Chromebook, Linux

Todoist

Regain clarity and calmness by getting all those tasks out of your head and onto your to-do list
todoist.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Todoist Productivity Yes N/A 3/month Web, iOS, Android

Splitwise

A free tool for friends and roommates to track bills and other shared expenses, so that everyone gets paid back.
splitwise.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Splitwise Finance Yes N/A 1/month iOS, Android

Transferwise

Send or receive money in other currencies and save on bank fees
transferwise.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Transferwise Finance Yes N/A N/A Web, iOS, Android

PCalc

The original fully features scientific calculator app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV, since 1998.
pcalc.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
PCalc Calculator No N/A 10 Mac, iOS

Soulver

More than a calculator and less than a spreadsheet.
acqualia.com/soulver

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Soulver Calculator No Yes (10 days) 9 Mac, iOS

Bear

Markdown-based Note taking app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
bear.app

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Bear Note-taking Yes Yes (7 days) 1/month Mac, iOS

Fantastical

Next-generation calendar app for iOS and the Mac with language parsing and a super useful menubar icon.
flexibits.com/fantastical

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Fantastical Productivity Yes Yes (14days) 3.67 Mac, iOS

Notability

A powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation app.
App Store

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Notability Note-taking No N/A 9 Mac, iOS

Google Keep

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family. Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search.
keep.google.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Google Keep Note-taking Yes N/A Web, iOS, Android

GoodReader

An iOS app used to view documents in different formats, including .doc, .pdf, and .xls.
goodreader.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
GoodReader E-books No N/A 6 iOS

Calibre

A super versatile app for converting, storing, organizing, and transferring e-books.
calibre-ebook.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Calibre E-books Yes N/A N/A Mac, Windows, Linux

Bluefire Reader

An e-book reader application for Android, iOS and Windows. It supports the EPUB and PDF formats for digital publications and incorporates facilities for browsing online catalogs, and downloading them directly into the user’s personal library.
App Store

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Bluefire Reader E-books No N/A 4 iOS, Android

Canva

Agraphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content.
canva.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Canva Design Yes N/A 9/month Web, iOS, Android

Adobe Scan

The free document scanning app from Adobe turns your device into a powerful portable PDF scanner that recognizes text automatically (OCR).
adobe.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Adobe Scan Scanning Yes N/A iOS, Android

Down Dog

A free yoga app to get you relaxed between classes
downdogapp.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Down Dog Fitness No N/A 8/month iOS, Android

LinkedIn Learning

Enhance Your Skills With Expert-Led, Online Video Tutorials.
linkedin.com/learning

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
LinkedIn Learning E‑Learning No Yes (1-month) 25/month Web

Microsoft Math Solver

Online math solver with free step by step solutions to algebra, calculus, and other math problems.
math.microsoft.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Math Solver E‑Learning Yes N/A N/A Mac, iOS, Windows, Android

PDF Converter – Word to PDF (iOS app)

This free online converter allows you to convert various file formats (doc, docx, xls, ppt , jpg, png …) to PDF right in your browser.
App Store

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
PDF Converter Converter Yes N/A N/A iOS

scite

scite is an award-winning platform for discovering and evaluating scientific articles via Smart Citations.
scite.ai

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
scite Referencing Yes Yes 15/month Web

Citationsy

Perhaps the world’s best reference manager. Create citations, reference lists and bibliographies online. Referencing for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed.
citationsy.com

Name Category Free Free Trial Premium (€) Sytem
Citationsy Referencing Yes Yes 4.99/month Web, iOS, Android, Mac