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After a sun-drenched summer holiday, students everywhere are about to be flocking back into the classroom.

For most, that means endless hours in the library, mountains of homework, plenty of revision — and distractions everywhere. Schools and colleges have always been a place for gossip, rumors, and games, but the arrival of smartphones and the increasing rise of social media means the situation is worse than ever.

If you want to focus on your grades in a productive and distraction-free environment, here are seven Android apps that you should delete right now.

1. After School

After School is aimed at high school and middle school students rather than college students.

It brands itself as an “anonymous and private message board for your school”. Users can post pictures, rumors, and love letters without repercussions from parents or teachers.

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Needless to say, it’s developed a reputation for cyber-bullying 5 Reasons Your Kids Shouldn't Use After School App 5 Reasons Your Kids Shouldn't Use After School App Ominously, the After School app's tagline says it provides "Funny anonymous school news for confessions and compliments". That alone should be enough to set parents' alarm bells ringing. Read More – but that’s not stopped millions of children signing up. It’s been so successful that in February it secured another $16.4 million in new funding.

Even if you ignore the app’s questionable morality, if you’re serious about getting good grades, give it a wide berth – knowing that Sally fancies Tom or that your English teacher is having an affair with your History teacher won’t help you get into Harvard.

Download: After School

2. QuizUp

Games are the ideal tonic for boring lectures; if your 75-year-old professor’s speech on criminal law in revolutionary France is sending you to sleep, there are quite literally millions of addictive games 10 Best Free Android Games of the Year 10 Best Free Android Games of the Year Did you miss out on an Android game that you should be playing? Our end-of-year roundup is a handy checklist to know what your thumbs should be tapping on. Read More in the Google Play Store that’ll help you slip away into your own world. You’ll be on the bus back home before you know it.

I picked QuizUp for this list because it still maintains a semblance of educational value. It’s a multiplayer trivia game that lets you challenge both friends and strangers to a battle of the brain on topics that interest you.

While it might be nice to brag that you know more about the rivers of Asia than your best friend, it’s not terribly useful information if you’re majoring in Philosophy. Delete it.

Download: QuizUp

3. Reddit

Along with Wikipedia, Reddit is the leader of Internet rabbit holes. With approximately 850,000 subreddits and 230 million users, you are sure to find someone to talk to on almost any subject you want.

After a long absence, there is now an official Reddit app Reddit Releases Official Mobile Apps, but Do You Need Them? Reddit Releases Official Mobile Apps, but Do You Need Them? Reddit finally released official apps for Android and iOS, but do they stand up against the third-party apps? Read More on the Android operating system, though most users choose a third-party offering instead.

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Whatever you use, get rid of it. Internet points really don’t mean anything, no matter how devastating it might be if you get downvoted hundreds of times for accidentally offending someone.

Download: Reddit

4. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is another massive time waster.

For readers who might not be aware, you just plug in your interests, hit the button, and you’ll be taken on a never-ending journey through appealing news, photos, videos, art, and memes. In short – it removes the “what shall I look at” part of browsing the web.

With more content being added all the time, you shouldn’t stumble across the same page twice. But that also means you could be stumbling for a while.

Download: StumbleUpon

5. Yik Yak

Yik Yak is another app that’s heavily geared towards people in  school 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak Yik Yak is an app that lets anyone post anonymous messages visible only to others nearby. But what does Yik Yak actually do? Read More .

It is similar to After School, but instead of only being visible to people in your school, the messages are visible to anyone who’s nearby. That made it great for large university towns where there might be three of four different campuses within one metropolitan area.

Messages used to be totally anonymous, however, profiles have recently been introduced – much to the chagrin of long-term users.

You can see some of their reactions in the reviews:

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If you still use this app, perhaps you should follow the crowd and delete it – the last thing you need is another Twitter-esque experience to waste your time.

Download: Yik Yak

6. Pokemon Go

Seriously, don’t go there How to Give Up on Pokemon Go and Delete Your Account How to Give Up on Pokemon Go and Delete Your Account If you've decided that you don't have to catch 'em all, here's how to give up finding Pokemon for good. Read More .

I’ve refused to read about it, download it, or even look at it on someone else’s phone. Mainly because it doesn’t really interest me, but also because If I had, there is a decent chance I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this article now; I’d still be in bed after chasing a virtual creature around my university’s science labs at four in the morning.

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Take it from someone who’s spent far too much of his life playing the various releases of FIFA and Football Manager: there are better and more important things to focus on. There really are.

Download: Pokemon Go

7. Snapchat

Facebook is out, Instagram is going out, Snapchat is in — at least if you fall in the 15-23 year-old age demographic.

Teenagers and young adults love Snapchat 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network The latest craze amongst the adults of the future is the secretive photo-sharing service Snapchat. Why do they love it? Read More  — it’s private, instant, and disappears quickly. While the older generations might struggle to see the appeal in watching someone else’s highlights from their day at school, for youngsters, it’s a dream come true.

If it wasn’t already distracting enough, earlier this year the app introduced “Memories” Snapchat Memories Ruin Snapchat, New Mac Malware Installs Backdoors... [Tech News Digest] Snapchat Memories Ruin Snapchat, New Mac Malware Installs Backdoors... [Tech News Digest] Snapchat conjures up bad Memories, a new form of Mac malware is on the loose, half a million hoverboards have been recalled, Microsoft helps you collect things, and racing drones in the pitch black. Read More . It allows users to create longer stories from their old snaps — thereby wasting even more time.

The temporary nature will make you feel like you have to use it right now, so it’s better to just uninstall it for good.

Download: Snapchat

What Would You Delete?

If you really can’t tear yourself away from your screen, you could try an app to help your curb your smartphone addition, there are lots of options to try. We took a look at four of the best Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction Enough Already: 4 Android Apps To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction These smartphones are fantastic for productivity, really. You can check your email, research things online, read your RSS feeds, take photos, upload them to Facebook, read what your friends have to say on Facebook, chat... Read More , but we’d love to hear your suggestions too.

And if all else fails, just buy an old Nokia 3210 (but don’t open Snake!).

What apps have you found to be most distracting? Do you have a certain game or social media network that’s your guilty pleasure?

Let us know the about your productivity-killers in the comments section below.

  1. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    6. Pokemon Go

    Oh well, they deleted it themselves by blocking me from playing :P

  2. Praveen Kumar S
    August 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    o_O The article is about encouraging school students to delete the apps. At the same time, by providing download links to the apps, the article encourages others to download and use it. Very ironical!!!

    • Suleiman
      August 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      lol i swear i said that too!! But I guess the auther is assuming that the readers of Make Use of are post high school people and that is what it is usually. But hey, i am going to try Stumble upon and i will ban my kids from 7 of them :)

      • Praveen Kumar S
        August 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        LOL. If you deleted these apps and regret it later. Hey, don't you worry, here are the links to the apps in the same article. You don't have to waste your precious productive time on searching for it. You can get these apps reinstalled anytime!!!

  3. Jean-Francois Messier
    August 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    All of the above. But then, I'm no more at school, and back when I was, there were no such things as smartphones, be it iThings of Android.

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