If you are like me and feel the need to zhuzh up your Pomodoro-style study sessions then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will discuss the best student productivity apps that can help you maintain motivation and up your productivity during your study sessions.
If you are unfamiliar with the Pomodoro study method then you should check out my post, how to crush your study sessions using the Pomodoro method. But if you already have a good understanding then keep reading!
Quick Recap on the Pomodoro method
The Pomodoro study method is one of the best ways to upkeep and stay productive during your study sessions.
It consists of studying in an intense short burst of 20-40 minutes then giving yourself a 5-10 minute break in between.
Then you reset your timer and start all over again. If you want to learn more about the Pomodoro style study method then you can read my blog post, How to crush your study sessions using the Pomodoro study method.
What are Promodoro style productivity apps?
Pomodoro-style productivity apps are designed to help motivate you to study and raise your productivity while studying.
Each app I am about to go over allows for you to set a timer for a certain amount of time. And at the end of your study sessions, most of the ones I will mention will give some sort of reward.
Each app has different features and has different drawbacks or positives so it’s up to you to try them for yourself.
So without further ado, here are the best student productivity apps
1. Study Bunny
This is currently my favorite app to use while I study.
So basically the app surrounds this bunny, your bunny. And you have to take care of your bunny. You have to feed it and clothe the bunny. You also get to decorate your bunny’s room and buy your bunny different outfits. And you can name your bunny too. My bunny’s name is Leilani. (I love that name!).
But the catch with this app is that in order to care for your bunny you need to earn points. Food for your bunny cost points. Clothing cost points. And decorations cost points.
You earn points by studying or by watching commercials. But let’s focus on the studying aspect. So basically you set your timer and your bunny studies with you. For every 10 minutes you study, you get 1 point. So if you study for 50 minutes you get 5 points.
I really enjoy buying my bunny little things and decorating the room.
This helps to motivate me to study more often but to also use the Pomodoro method and stick with it while I study.
The app also has other cool features, like you can make a flashcard deck and you also set a timer for your break. You can also buy music to study to with the points you earned during studying. And you can make a to-do list on the app, and when you complete your to-do list your bunny gets happy.
This brings me to my next point. When you don’t study your bunny gets sad. If you don’t study for like 2 days straight and come back to the app, your bunny will be crying. Like literally.
And in order to make your bunny happy again, you have to set your timer and start studying. Seeing my fake bunny sad really motivates me to study.
Lastly, there are different levels to the app. You can make it harder for yourself by putting on certain restrictions in the settings portion of the app.
I personally love this app and it’s my go-to for studying. It’s one of the best student productivity apps out there!
This is my second favorite productivity app.
In this app, there are aliens that you collect. It’s kinda like Pokemon.
Basically, you set your timer and study. While you are studying your alien egg is preparing to hatch. When you complete your session your egg hatches and you get to see what type of alien you got.
The longer your study sessions the more powerful of an alien you collect.
The app has a ton of different aliens for you to collect so there will never be a dull moment.
The catch with this app is that it notices when you switch apps on your phone to do something else. So if you try to set your timer and leave the app, your egg gets sucked into a black hole. Pretty dark, but very motivating to stay on the app and complete your task.
I don’t always like the fact that I can’t leave the app once I put it on, but overall I enjoy collecting the different aliens.
The app also tracks how often you study and for how long so you can have a good idea of what times you study best, and other statistical data. Data, that you can use at your own discretion.
Lastly, you can also create a focus group and compete with your friends for focus energy. You can use the earned focus energy to unlock legendary and ultra-rare exotic species.
I’ve never used this aspect of the app, but I do find it really cool that I could have friends study with me and we could both be using the app together. It’s a top contender of the best student productivity apps list.
This app is probably the most popular choice among Pomodoro study method users.
This app is about growing plants. You set your timer and a seed is planted. When your timer goes off, your seed turns into some sort of greenery and you get to see what kind of plant you grew while studying.
The point is to make a forest. Over time you will start to have so many different kinds of plants growing that it will become a forest. It puts you on this world tour and you get to grow plants from all over the world. You can also set your location, like if you only wanted to grow plants that are indigenous to Hawaii or something. It also gives you cool facts about the plants you grow.
If you leave your session early or switch apps you kill your plant. No forest for you.
You start off getting small flowers at first, and eventually, with enough use and time put into the app, you will get a tree. If you decide to activate Flora Care. This is a bonus feature, it will let you pay $9.99 for the app to donate an IRL tree each time your focus time adds up to 24 hours.
The app also has a feature where you bet money on if you can stay focus. If you leave the app or can’t finish the session you lose actual money. Like it will take it from your bank account that is connected to the app store or play store for my galaxy users. You can bet anywhere from $5 to $100.
I’ve never used this feature because I’m scared I might accidentally forget I have the app on and loose money.
The app also has a built-in break timer too.
This app is also very fun to play with friends. You can grow forests with your friends and you can see your friend’s forest. It also has a feature where you can post on your timeline when you complete your study session so your friends can see this too on their feed.
And like the HATCH app you can see your stats, but it’s much more detailed. Your stats come in the form of monthly, weekly, and yearly tracking of your overall study.
You can also label what each session is so that when you look back on your stats you can see exactly what you did for a certain study session.
Overall this one is the most popular and well-known Pomodoro-style productivity app. Many people would rate it one of the best student productivity apps, if not the best.
This app isn’t as well known as the ones before, but is still pretty cool! It’s a productivity app for people who don’t care for the frills and thrills. On this app, there isn’t much decoration or any reward system.
You make a list, you set a timer, and knock things off your do list. It’s very straightforward.
As you make your way through your to-do list you can cross off items and it allows you to see yourself getting through your to-do list and helps to raise your productivity by seeing yourself crossing things off your list.
As someone who loves a good to-do list, this app was a must download for me.
For each item on your list, you click it and a timer will pop up. You can change the time on the timer to whatever you like. Once you start your timer it’s time to knock that particular item off your to-do list.
You can share your to-do list with others and work with them as well.
It also has music settings too. You can have a ticking sound as your work, or forest, water, fire, sounds. Which is great to listen to while working.
The app allows you to set a short rest time also. And the app has different levels as well. You can put it on strict mode which will restrict your access to other apps.
Lastly, you can set focus reminders too.
I enjoy it for its simplicity.
So there you have it. These are some of the best student productivity apps to help stay focused during an intense study session. You have any others, comment them down below!
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