One of the ways to make any student’s life easier is to give her the tools she needs. With smartphone and tablet use rising, apps for students can be those tools. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the better apps for students of all ages.
Note: I’ve tried to find free or low-cost apps. There are higher-costs apps with more bells and whistles, but there might also be a free version that gives you the basics you need. Shop around.
Familiar Names, In An App
- SparkNotes has a free app for both iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Access study guides online or offline, and check in to SparkNotes to find other students in your area studying the same thing.
- Cliffs Notes has apps for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch that will help you review texts in English. The app is free, and each study guide is $1.99 (much cheaper than the print versions). They also have a free CramCasts, three-minute overviews of literary works in a podcast that you can subscribe to.
- Encyclopedia Britannica’s apps are geared at kids, but anyone can use them to learn more about snakes, knights & castles, US Presidents, and the solar system.
- Dictionary.com is a great web-based dictionary/thesaurus, now available as an app for iPhone and Android.
- There are several graphing calculator apps out there, but here’s a few for iPhone (one for free and one that costs $1.99) and Android (free and also free)
New Tools to Try
- Evernote is a note-taking and list-making app for iPhone, iPad, and any Apple computer. What makes it awesome is that it will sync up those notes and list from one device to the next, so you always have the same updated information in front of you. No more copying things over or emailing to yourself.
- Quizlet is a flash card website and app that lets you create your own flashcards or study using existing ones.
- Flash card creation apps like StudyDroid (Android) and gFlash (iPhone/iPad)
- Outliner for iPhone and iPad easily helps you break any project or paper down into an outline and task list.
- Adding to last week’s post on time management, here’s iProcrastinate, a Mac/iPhone app that helps organize and break down large projects.
Not an App, but a Neat Site
WebElements.com is a site for high school and college students of all levels that has an amazing amount of information about the elements in a useful format. You can also buy all sorts of posters and displays to help remember more about the elements.
Many, many many more
There are hundreds of apps out there that are great for students of all sorts. Use your favorite search engine to find one on a subject you need, for the device you have. Just type in the subject you want, then “app for” and the device you have. You should get a few great lists to start with. You can also search the iTunes App Store or Android Market/Google Play for more.
- Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 from WeAreTeachers.com
- A few “best apps for college students”: Android and iPhone/iPad
- A few “best apps for high school students”: Android and iPhone/iPad
- GWhiz Mobile has dozens of apps for students. Note: Many of them cost a few dollars.
- Gizmodo’s Essential Apps of 2012 for students and anyone
- Top Chrome Apps to Help Students Stay Productive Online from Library Journal‘s The Digital Shift (added 8/29/12)