Trying to find ways to make life as a student a little easier isn’t just a good idea, it’s absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, leveraging the power of today’s “always connected” world isn’t that simple, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. With this in mind, let’s spend a few minutes talking about ten mobile apps for students that can help keep you focused and on track as you pursue your educational goals.
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Tired of trying to use the clunky Apple or Android inbox apps? If so, then you’re in luck. Available on both the iOS and Android platforms, the free Mailbox app provides a sleek, light, and performance-oriented experience for students who simply don’t have time to deal with slow or buggy email tools. Mailbox also sports a chat-like interface, complete with swipe to delete and archive functionality, giving this free mail app the SMS-style look and feel we have come to know and love.
Developed for both Android and iOS systems, EasyBib provides access to a free bibliography generator. Whether your professor requires MLA, APA, or Chicago citation style guidelines, EasyBib can convert your raw reference material – and even scan the barcodes of newer books – into professional bibliographical entries. No more having to stay abreast of all the latest formatting rules, just plug in your source and let EasyBib do the heavy lifting.
The Dropbox app offers a standard 2 GB of free storage space, allowing you and your classmates to share notes and project materials on-the-go. Although upgrading to more space is a premium feature on this otherwise free Windows, iOS, and Android compatible app, there are plenty of free ways – like referring friends and sharing links on social media – to boost your storage capabilities.
When you’re on a deadline, playing the waiting game at the library for specific academic papers or books to become available can be a real problem. Thankfully, Scribd offers a unique take on this issue as the world’s largest open publishing platform. Although the free trial only lasts 14 days, gaining access to over 60 million publications and scholarly works – as well as your favorite books – on any device is well worth the $8.99 monthly fee.
One of the more frustrating aspects of the college experience is finding yourself completely lost when it comes to calculus, trigonometry, and other fields of math. Sure, the math majors among us might disagree with this sentiment, but for the rest of us, having a tool like Mathway on our side can help make the learning process a bit easier.
This free tool allows both Android and Apple users to jot down a math problem in question form and receive the answer. If you’re looking for a step-by-step breakdown, a cost is associated with this premium feature. That being said, simply using this tool to check your answers during homework sessions can help you stay on track throughout the semester as you prepare for exam day.
Since 1958, the iconic black-and-yellow booklets produced by Cliffsnotes have helped countless students get ready for an impending exam or catch up on required reading. Today, you can find the digital version of this storied study tool on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. While the app itself is free, the individual guides start at $1.99 each.
Much like EasyBib, RefMe offers a one-stop shop for your citation needs, but provides the added benefit of Harvard style citations for students required to adhere to this system. Apple and Android users alike can simply copy and paste site URLs into this free app as a way to generate accurate citations for online-only sources and references.
For those of us needing a little extra help staying organized, the myHomework app offers a straightforward and powerful scheduling system. Windows, iOS, and Android users can sync homework, exams, projects, and study schedules across devices, as well as receive reminders as due dates approach. For those of you who want to enjoy an ad-free experience, you can upgrade to the premium version for $4.99 per year.
RescueTime seeks to increase your productivity by understanding more about your daily habits. By tracking your app and website usage, this Apple, Android, and Windows app offers suggestions regarding how best to utilize your most precious resource: time. While this app does offer a free variant, the full-service version that provides complete logs and reporting runs $9.00 per month.
Taking the idea of a study app one step farther, Studious provides a unique campus experience by mapping out everything from lecture halls to restroom locations at participating universities. Naturally, this Android-only app doesn’t cover every single campus yet, but it does offer a radical take on the acclimation and scheduling process that comes with stepping foot on campus for the first time.
Obviously, preparing for class requires more than a few mobile app downloads. However, these tools can help simplify some of the more tedious and time-consuming tasks, giving you extra time to engage in the more enjoyable aspects of your college experience.
As owner of the higher education website Accelerated Degree, Joy Miller researches and reviews colleges offering accelerated classes and degrees.