Going to school these days is absolutely different from how it used to be back in the day due to mobile technology and the Internet. Students like you can take advantage of this by using your mobile device.
Whether it’s a mobile phone or a tablet, into a study tool with the right apps for the job. Here are 10 of the best ones that can certainly help improve any student’s productivity and learning experience.
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This is one of the best lecture capture apps available right now for the iPad. It lets you use it as a notepad and audio recorder at the same time, which lets you store an entire lecture in both visual and audio form.
If your handwriting isn’t fast enough or your attention span in the classroom isn’t good enough, then this app can help you with your woes.
It is the leading note-taking app, and it’s available for free for multiple platforms. You don’t need to cry about your dog eating your homework anymore unless it actually eats your entire mobile device or computer, which is unlikely.
Anything you type on it gets saved to the cloud, which you can then bring back out for review and further revision. Along with it is Evernote Peek, which is an app you can use to prepare for quizzes by letting you turn notes?whether written, spoken, or drawn?into study notes easily by letting you cover answers to questions.
The trusted name in helping students cram for English exams since 1958, CliffsNotes now has its own app for making the study of English literature much easier right from your own mobile device.
If you don’t feel that you understand last night’s reading well enough to be ready for today’s book report, you can consult CliffsNotes and get the key points of just about every well-known novel, short story, poem, or play that you have to sit through in class.
It is the most popular cloud file storage service and app available online. You can have a good number of gigabytes for free, and you can increase your storage space by inviting people to register to Dropbox.
You can also share whole synchronized folders with other users seamlessly, so you can get whatever classmates sent you for a group project without having to scramble too much.
The foremost name in information gathering apps, Wolfram Alpha not only lets you get answers to just about everything in math and other subjects, but also make sense of them easily.
This is perhaps one of the best learning tools you can have on your mobile device, letting you get a step-by-step explanation on just about anything you ask it about.
If you are looking to learn a bit more than what you just get in school, then you may be interested in Khan Academy.
With more than 4,200 educational videos on different subject matters, you can supplement your learning in school with whatever you can get your hands on in this app without feeling the need to cram unintelligible data into your head since it all gets presented in an understandable way through these videos.
If you have to read up on web pages, but don’t have the time to stare at a computer screen, then you can take it with you by saving that page to Pocket.
This “read later” app then downloads the text and images from that page into your mobile device for later reading, which you can then look at in an easily readable format.
If you are the type of person who usually runs late, then you may want to have a better alarm clock for waking you up. Math Alarm Clock is a pretty good app for that since it doesn’t have a snooze button to help you procrastinate on the urgent task of getting out of bed.
Once it sounds off, you can’t shut it off until you answer a series of mathematical problems. Once you’re done, you most likely won’t be that sleepy anymore.
This app is for whenever you need motivation or just want to learn about something new. TED Talks is now well-known for its famous speakers talking about different interesting topics all around the world.
There are only a few things more motivating and stimulating than a TED Talk, and you can have it right there on your mobile device. As with any young one aspiring for greatness, you could use a pep talk through a TED Talk.
As a student, you’ll most likely still be cash-strapped or at least in need of a strict budget. It’s always a good idea to start early in being mindful about one’s own money, and Mint.com is a great service for tracking and making sense of your personal finances.
The free app lets you do everything you can do on the website right there on your mobile device, so you don’t have to wonder anymore where your money went after that expensive project that you had to pass.