Finding software that enables your studying, rather than inhibiting it is difficult. The best study software will allow you to work more quickly and efficiently, saving you time. Time that can be used to earn you money! (Or do other student-related activities). This roundup of the best study software will improve your studying forever, and would help most of us who work for a living as well.


Evernote allows you to take notes on the desktop and mobile devices. It is a syncing service available on pretty much every operating system out there. You can create notes in the form of text, webpage clippings, photographs, handwritten notes or voice notes. Use of the service is regulated by a monthly bandwidth limit which is increased if you pay for a premium service.

It's useful as a piece of study software as it can hold all of your lecture notes, it allows you to work on essays and reports on the move and add quick to-do lists or snapshots of useful books. The service also offers text recognition within images, allowing you to search the photographs or even notes you’ve taken with a mobile phone camera.


Dropbox is one of the most useful pieces of study software; even though it doesn't do anything per se. Dropbox is essentially a cloud-based USB key. This allows you to save PDFs of lecture notes, important forms and any other file type. It allows access on your own PC if you install the software which automatically synchronizes files to the service. It also offers access via its website, which allows you to manually upload and download files on other computers.

Google research tools

Google's research tools include the main Google search engine, Google books and Google scholar. I will assume that you will you know how to use Google search, but Google books and Google scholar are very important tools. Starting with Google books, this service can be used to search books for quotes. This is particularly useful if you have heard a quote but cannot remember where it came from. It's also useful if you're trying to add references to an essay as it can find keywords easily.

Google scholar is one of the best tools for searching journal articles. If you search from a university campus, which automatically attaches its journal subscriptions, it can provide instant access to PDFs. It can also be used in a similar fashion to Google books as it can search for each phrase amongst its library of indexed articles.


Freemind is free mind mapping software. It's written in Java, and although it's not the prettiest piece of software, it is very functional. Compared to the paid for alternatives it offers as much functionality without the price tag. I'm a great fan of mind mapping and find it can be used easily to plan for essays and as an organisational tool. By saving your mind maps into Dropbox, you can have them wherever you want to go.


OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office suite. It's similar to Evernote but without the synchronizing capabilities. It is more powerful and you can imagine it as a virtual representation of your paper folders. It can be used to write essays, reports and collate research. It's a very powerful piece of software and you could spend your entire academic career working with it. It's most powerful function for me, is the ability to bring PowerPoint documents into OneNote and create excellent lecture notes in very little time.

Remember the milk

Remember the milk is a syncing task manager. It is available on mobile devices for a fee, or web access for free. It offers tagging, prioritization and very fast to-do list entry. It is possible to type in one phrase; your to-do lists, the due date, prioritization and any tags. If you find it useful buying the premium subscription offers much more support with apps for Android, Blackberry and iOS.

This is the best study software that I've come across. I hope you find the list useful. Do you use any study software? Do you have any good recommendations? Please write them below in the comments.