Seven apps to help you survive finals week

With finals week here, download these seven apps to help you avoid the stress and anxiety that comes with final exams.

For many students, finals week can be tough to endure. Whether it’s cramming for exams, writing papers or working on a group project, the last week of the semester typically results in stress, anxiety and maybe even a few tears.

While this shouldn’t exactly be considered a substitute for studying, The NewsHouse has scoured the App Store and compiled a list of seven apps to help get you through finals week.


One of the leading education apps, Quizlet offers users the ability to create their own flashcards to study from or choose from millions that have already been created by other Quizlet users. The app also offers a “Quizlet Learn” feature where users can submit their deadline for their material and Quizlet will in turn create an adaptive plan to help users meet their goal; this includes checkpoints, study reminders and a variety of question types – true or false, multiple choice, flashcards and written responses – to keep you on track. (For iPhone | For Android)

Evernote – Stay Organized/Evernote Scannable

Evernote – stay organized, is one of the premier note-taking apps available. Evernote - stay organized works as a digital notepad where users can take notes in a multitude of different formats, including: text, sketches, photos, audio, video, web clippings and more. Evernote Scannable allows users to take pictures of documents, whiteboards, etc. The app will then automatically rotate, crop and adjust the image to make it as clear as possible before giving users the option to send the scan to colleagues via email, text or export it to PDF. (For iPhone | For Android)

Dragon Dictation

If you’re too lazy to type out your notes, then you may want to give Dragon Dictation a try. The voice recognition app allows users to speak, and it immediately transcribes your message into text to be sent out. Students can use Dragon Dictation to quickly take notes, set reminders or even write a paper. The app states in its description that it is up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard so start talking. (For iPhone | For Android)

Relax Melodies

It has been scientifically proven that there is a link between a good night’s sleep and high test scores, and doctors recommend students should get eight to nine hours of a sleep a night, especially prior to an exam. Relax Melodies helps students achieve this by providing 52 free sounds and melodies to create a peaceful and ambient atmosphere, making it easier for users to fall asleep. In addition, Relax Melodies provides five-day programs to reach specific sleep goals. (For iPhone | For Android)

Be Focused

For those who have trouble staying on task and are easily distracted, Be Focused may be a potential solution worth downloading. The app states it helps users concentrate by dividing tasks into short intervals separated by brief breaks. Work for a certain amount of time, then reward yourself during the break. Be Focused also allows users to customize the study and rest durations, as well as set goals and track their progress to make sure they remain on schedule. (For iPhone)

Aura: Mindfulness

Finals week certainly be a stressful time. Rather than having a mental breakdown, students should check out Aura. The app is designed to reduce users’ stress and anxiety and increase positivity through simple three-minute meditations. Users can choose how they’re feeling and receive personalized mediation geared towards their needs. Aura will also deliver daily reminders to relax and engage in “mindful breathing.” (For iPhone | For Android)


For those who lock themselves in Bird Library hours on end to study, remembering to eat can easily slip one’s mind. If you don’t want to take time to cook or walk down to Marshall Street, Grubhub is an easy-to-use delivery app that allows users to order food, track its progress and has a 24-hour customer service feature. Grubhub also allows users to favorite certain restaurants so you don’t have to go through the trouble of searching for that meal every time you order food. (For iPhone | For Android)

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