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6 Time Management Tools Every College Student Needs

College and get really busy pretty quick. If you don’t know how to manage your time effectively, you will end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Time management is an essential part of succeeding in college. In fact, I believe that the only way I was able to graduate with a 3.9 gpa is because I focused heavily on managing my time well. These time management tools are essential for every student.

This post is sharing my top 6 time management tools for every college student.

It can be so easy to push things off for your future self to worry about. However this usually leads to things being forgotten and grades dropping. If you figure out ways to better manage your time, you will find that it is a lot easier to be successful in college.

Top 5 Time Management Tools For College Students


Trello is a project management tool that is great for keeping track of projects, assignments, classes, and general to-dos. You can create different boards to organize your upcoming assignments and papers as well as any personal tasks you need to keep track of throughout the week.

I recommend creating a task board with a “master list” where you keep all tasks, “today list” where you move all the things you plan to complete today, and a “done list” where you can move every card that has been completed.


Toggl is an online time management tool that allows you to track how much time you are spending on a specific task. This is a great resource to use to see where all your time is going. Having a better understanding of how you are using your time will allow you to create a schedule that works for you. You can also eliminate any time drains aka chunks of time that escape you while you are procrastinating.

Tomato Timer

The Tomato Timer website is the perfect time management tool for anyone who prefers to use the Pomodoro Technique of working in 90 minute productivity blocks. It sets a timer for 25 minutes then gives you a 5 minute break. Once you go through 3 rounds of the 25 minute work blocks, you get a 10 minute long break. It is a great tool to help prevent burnout.


OneNote is far more than a time management tool. In fact, this is the tool that I use to keep my online classes totally organized. The reason I wanted to add this app here is because you will save a ton of time using OneNote. This program allows you to organize your classes online so that you can take notes, store files, and complete assignments all in the same place. It is a MUST for all online students.

Related: Managing Online Classes As A Hands-On Learner

Stay Focusd Plugin

Stay Focusd is an extension available on Google Chrome that restricts distracting websites while enabled. This allows you to remain focused and productive while you are supposed to be working on certain tasks such as school work.

Forrest App

The Forrest App is an application that you download on your phone. While you are working you leave the app open and a forrest grows. If you close out of the application, the trees die (as does your focus and productivity). This one is more of a fun time management tool because you get to see how many trees have grown while you were working.

This post was all about time management apps that help students.

While technology can often be the source of our procrastination and distractions, it can also be used to benefit us. Each of these tools are completely free and help you focus on different aspects of time management. So whether you need to learn how to manage tasks, use your time wisely, avoid distractions, and stay organized.

What are your absolute favorite apps for managing your time? I am always looking to use technology in new ways and would love to hear what you do to help!

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