My Top Recommended Tools and Applications For PhD Students

Making PhD student’s life a bit easier


Being a doctorate or Ph.D. student is immensely an inevitable work that demands a less time-consuming way of working. Fortunately, there are some tools and applications which make things a bit easier and hassle-free.

These are the tools which I am currently using and would recommend to any Ph.D. student:

1) Evernote:

Ph.D. research study requires the collection and storage of a massive amount of notes and Evernote is one of the resourceful application to keep all of those pearls of wisdom in one place. It’s easily searchable, notes sync across devices, and the notebook organization helps keep your proverbial ducks in a row.

Evernote is available for both iOS and Android.

2) Zotero:

A fantastic reference management tool that lets you save references from websites with the click of a button. You can also save and have a collection of your journals and papers. It makes the referencing less struggling by doing the in-text citation and referencing in any referencing style you want. It is compatible with word, latex, and also in the google doc.

3) Grammarly:

Grammarly is a plugin and an editor that makes your writing easy to read and mistake-free. It has both a free and premium version. The free version is more suitable for the daily purpose of writing papers and covers a lot of writing issues. The premium version solves additional and complex writing issues.

Grammarly is compatible with both Windows and Mac.


It is a great tool for academicians as you can find papers on any topic by a scholar you’re interested in. You can also upload your research paper, journals, and publications. By signing up for an account you can find and read journals and papers of other scholars and academicians.

5) Statistical Testing Tools:

Statistical testing tools are very essential and required in terms of writing your research paper as suitable statistical methods and analysis will back up your claims. No matter which research method you are doing quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research, statistical analysis will be a requisite part of your research workflow. Although there are a wide variety of research tools, however, following are the list of some free popular statistical research tools available online:

From the very beginning, it is very important to be organized as a huge part of a Ph.D. is about time management skills. I hope this overview of my favorite digital tools is useful, and I would also encourage you to spend the time to explore the options out there.



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