This article was originally published on Red Wire by Vodafone.

Pushing through the university year after mid-semester break can be a struggle, as assignment deadlines and exams start to ramp up. But never fear – your mobile device is here to help you boost your productivity, and the university break will be back again before you know it!

Habitica

Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Let’s face it: sometimes the only way to make real life more exciting is to treat it like a game. Using Habitica, you can level up and improve your character by completing challenges, much like an RPG. The main difference? You have to set the challenges for yourself! These tasks could be as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day or doing two hours of study for your upcoming exam, but the overall idea is to motivate yourself to form regular habits.

Focus Keeper

Available on iOS

Cost: Free

The Focus Keeper app takes advantage of the Pomodoro Technique, which splits your focus time into 25-minute sections, broken up by short breaks. This makes completing a longer amount of study more achievable, as smaller time slots are much less intimidating. The app will help you stay disciplined by allowing you to set goals, time your study and track your progression. The simple interface even allows you to customise your timer if you’d prefer longer or shorter study blocks.

Forest

Available on iOS, Android and Google Chrome

Cost: Free

When trying to study, do you get distracted by the various social media apps on your phone? Forest is designed to beat your phone addiction by providing an incentive to stay focused. Using the app, you simply plant a seed, which will then continue to grow into a beautiful tree the longer you stay on the app. The minute you leave the app to open another one, it will stop growing and start to wither away – so stay focused! The harder you work, the lusher your forest will become.

iStudiez Pro

Available on iOS, Android and desktop

Cost: Free

Plan out your studies with this comprehensive app that allows you to track everything from classes to homework, and even grades for each subject. iStudiez Pro works across different devices so you can take it wherever you go. The real strength is its interface, which can switch between to-do list and calendar modes so that you can see when everything’s due.

Exam Countdown

Available on iOS and Android

Cost: Free

If all you need in life is a constant reminder that your exams are fast approaching, Exam Countdown will motivate you to study hard and prioritise which subjects to focus on. The app does exactly what it says: it counts down the days and minutes until your next exam so you can be prepared well in advance. It’s a simple but effective way to keep motivated.

Wunderlist

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle and desktop

Cost: Free

This is the app for all your list needs, whether it’s shopping, homework, exam preparation, or a work project. Wunderlist allows you to get rid of your paper trail and keep all your to-dos in one place, as well as set reminders and collaborate with other people – particularly handy for group assignments!

Paprika

Available on iOS, Android and desktop

Cost: From $7.99

Meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking can take up a lot of time. Paprika is designed to simplify food preparation, allowing you to download hundreds of your favourite recipes from different websites at the tap of a button. You can plan out your week using the calendar view, and also keep shopping lists, recipes and nutritional information in the one app.


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