The Top 5 Apps to Help you Write your Essays in 2016

Best Student Apps 2016

Whether you’ve got a thesis, dissertation or just a simple report to write, these student apps will help to maximise your productivity, reduce procrastination and even improve the eloquence of your writing.

Do you ponder on eloquently written prose with wonder and fantasy, pining for the linguistic prowess to reciprocate it’s meaning in your own enchanting words?
Well, the folks at Renkara have designed a great app to help you construct a thesaurus in your mind. AccelaStudy is a vocabulary app which introduces synonyms, suggests practical examples and tests you on your progress towards literary domination; and it’s available in 18 languages.

  • App: AccelaStudy
  • App Type: Academic vocabulary builder
  • Operating Systems: iOS
  • Price: Free

If you ever struggle to get your thoughts down in words, or think of a beautifully succinct sentence only to forget the wording halfway through typing, this next app could be for you.

Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app that listens to you speak and automatically converts those words into digital written text; saving lost sentences and reducing the time spent on essay-writing up to 5 times. Imagine, you could get a degree without ever typing a single word! Dragon even familiarises itself with your voice to improve in accuracy over time so that the more you use it, the better it gets.

  • App: Dragon Dictation
  • App Type: Voice recognition
  • Operating Systems: iOS
  • Price: Free

When you’re bursting with magical new vocabulary and you’re all set up with your hands-free typing-tool (keyboard in the bin, ‘cause who needs it anyway?), you’ll need to get started on writing! However, especially with big projects, it can be hard to break down the mountain of work into smaller chunks and know where to start – that’s where Trello comes in.

Trello is a productivity app with a bunch of great features that works like a big interactive to-do list. You can use it to create lists of different lines of work and different tasks under each one. That might not sound incredibly innovative but it’s a really great tool to simplify and break down your workload into manageable chunks whilst ensuring that you don’t forget to add in that great source you found, or to go back and put your bibliography into alphabetical order.

  • App: Trello
  • App Type: Productivity
  • Operating Systems: iOS & Android
  • Price: Free

An example list could look like this:

Trello Essay Plan ExampleYour essay plan is done, your headphones are on, and you’ve got your study snacks at the ready; but you still find yourself on Facebook and Instagram watching cat videos and accidentally liking your classmate’s photos from 18 months ago.

If that’s you, then you should try out Freedom: it blocks apps and websites for a specified time so that you can remove the distractions and really get down to some research. Whether it’s putting a stop to the your uncontrollable temptation to check who just RT’d your latest Tweet or silencing the endless WhatsApp messages you’ve been getting ever since you introduced your gran to Emojis – it works across all your devices for a complete distraction blackout.

  • App: Freedom
  • App Type: Productivity
  • Operating Systems: iOS & Android
  • Price: The basic version is free, version Plus @ $24.00/yr

And last but not least: an app that will automate the referencing and citation process for you – knocking the most tedious task of essay-writing on the head with a few simple clicks.

With the iOS, Android and web apps supported by the WebClipper for Google Chrome (that allows you to instantly cite any web page you’re on), it’s an absolute no-brainer.

Ok, maybe we’re biased, but as the most frequently featured app in 2015’s ‘12 Education Apps of Christmas’ lists* and ranking No.18 in Apple’s 25 Best iPhone Apps of 2015 – RefME has proven itself as a great time-saver that students across the world are incorporating into their research journeys.

  • App: RefME
  • App Type: Automated references and citations
  • Operating Systems: iOS & Android
  • Price: Free

With these apps in your pocket, you’ll be able to quickly, easily and peacefully write your essays with a heightened air of linguistic grandeur.

Good luck with your studies in 2016.

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*Based on 6 independent ‘12 Apps of Christmas’ lists by The University of West London, Dublin Institute of Technology, Brighton University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Regents University London and Anglia Ruskin University.

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