Tablets and smartphones can be really useful for academic and professional purposes. There are so many websites and apps these days that can help students in almost every aspect of their lives, from studying and job hunting, to time management.

Here are four of the best digital tools that can help you succeed in your studies and improve your chances of securing employment.

1. GoConqr

This fantastic study aid will help you get the most out of the revision process. GoConqr allows you to make mind maps, quizzes, notes and flashcards, and store them all on your phone or tablet for easy access.

Whether you’re studying at home, in the library, or even during your commute, GoConqr is the ideal tool for revising everything you have learnt on your course. More convenient than carrying notebooks around, GoConqr is accessible on your tablet and mobile, and stores everything on your online account.

The great thing about GoConqr is that you can access your study materials both online and offline; simply download your notes, etc. to your device when you have an internet connection, and they will be available whenever you need them.

2. Evernote

With over 100 million users, Evernote helps people from all over the world organise various aspects of their lives. Its features are suitable for both professional and personal purposes, making Evernote a great all-rounder for any student.

Using Evernote, you can make checklists, type up and store notes, add images and charts to your documents, and much more. With Evernote, convenience is key – all of your files will be kept in one tidy list, easy for you to access from your mobile, tablet or laptop. If you use Evernote across multiple platforms, any changes you save will update across all of your devices, allowing you to access the most up-to-date version of your document no matter where you are.

Evernote also allows you to share your work with other people in real time, making it a useful tool to have if you’re working on a group project.

3. Carbonmade

When you’re thinking about beginning your search for a job, it’s really important that you have an online portfolio ready to send across to any potential employers. In any creative industry, a portfolio is equally as important as – if not more important than – a CV. A CV details, in words, everything you have accomplished, where as a portfolio demonstrates what you’re actually capable of.

There are many online portfolio builders out there for you to try. One of the best on the market is Carbonmade, which prides itself on being a simple, hassle-free portfolio builder which cuts all the complication out of creating a professional portfolio.

With loads of different features, Carbonmade provides portfolios suitable for people in a number of different creative industries, from fashion design and photography, through to illustrators and graphic designers. Their website displays plenty of examples, so you can see just what you can achieve if you choose to build your portfolio with them.

4. EasyBib

When your work includes ideas and quotes taken from various sources, it’s really important that you use citations and references correctly so that your work isn’t plagiarised. Any theories must be credited to those who penned them originally.

If you have a whole list of sources to get through, this can be an incredibly lengthy process. EasyBib is a helpful tool that can assist you in creating citations for books, journals, websites, films and many other original sources of information.

EasyBib even offers three different formats: MLA, APA and Chicago. This will save you a lot of time and effort, and your citations will be accurate, meaning you won’t have to worry about whether you’ve presented them properly.

It’s likely that the format you have to use will have been specified by your college or university, so make sure you use the correct format while entering the source you want to cite when using this online tool.


Now that you know some digital tools to help you in your studies, have a look at our tips on how to create a portfolio.