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15 Amazing Student Apps

15 Amazing Student Apps

Smartphones and other devices have so much to offer students in terms of expanding and assisting with their education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 22, 2014

It’s undeniable that modern students use smartphones in daily life more so than ever before. In part, because they are fairly recent inventions in society, but there’s more to it than that.

Smartphones and other devices have so much to offer students in terms of expanding and assisting with their education.

Take apps, for instance. The recent Apple campaign with the tagline, “There’s an app for that,” demonstrates just how many apps are readily available at the touch of a screen.

So, as bright, capable students, why not utilize these applications for more than your social life or to combat boredom?

Here are some of the top apps available for students – the only problem with this knowledge is that you may become “plugged in” even more than you are already. You’ve been warned.

1. Fetchnotes

This app speaks to simplicity, making life easier by organizing your thoughts as you have them. How it works: the app allows you to maintain a personal twitter-esque portfolio and categorize your notes through hashtags, which you are able to share with contacts.

Each hashtag you make creates a new list to help you keep track of your thoughts, whether it’s regarding an assignment’s due date, notes, exam information – the sky’s the limit.

Every note you create regarding the same hashtags is automatically categorized within the same list, so you spend less time organizing and more time thinking.

There’s no longer a need to worry about manually organizing notes in separate folders, since everything is automatically organized for you, via each hashtag category, as you create them.

Sharing your lists with others also acts as a great tool for collaboration on school assignments, notes, study sessions or whatever else you’d like to share.

This app is available on iOS devices, Android, desktops and Chrome. Also available via email and text, even if you don’t have a smartphone. Learn more.

2. Blackboard Learn

Some schools use Blackboard to allow students to remain up-to-date with scheduling, homework assignments and to provide easier access to media, like lectures, notes and presentations.

You can also connect with classmates through a roster, blogs, discussion and journals. If your school or any of your courses utilizes Blackboard, stay in the know and download the app today.

This app is available on Blackberry, iOS devices, Android and Palm. Learn more.

3. Study Buddy

Do you have a personal study coach? Now you can with the Study Buddy app. Improve your study habits by keeping track of your study time versus distraction time, get efficiency reports, plus use timers and warnings to get you back on track from those breaks that just linger.

The app even notes any phone call interruptions, so you can’t sneak in a quick chat on the clock.

The cherry on top? Inspirational quotes to keep you motivated at the beginning of each session.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

4. Jot!

Sometimes you need to get back to basics. Take Jot!, for example. The app allows you to sketch and share ideas via your own personal whiteboard.

You can even add textboxes to sketches, copy or move objects you’ve added to boards and control your Jots with ease.

Your whiteboards can be shared multiple ways including Jot! Live sharing over the Internet, importing and exporting Jot! images via email, PDF or the Photos app and, on Ios4 devices you can view, modify or print your jots, even from an external monitor.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

5. Evernote

The days of scrambling to scribe your notes are over, thanks to Evernote.

The app allows recordings, storing media and searching for notes on any topic under the sun through keywords, tags or even through printed or handwritten text.

This app is available on iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and iPad. Learn more.

6. Personal Finance

If you’re not great at money management, life can be tough. If you throw being a student on a strict budget into the mix, it can be downright daunting.

The Mint app helps you create and stick to a personalized budget, while allowing you to factor in any expensive you deem worthy.

The app also secures your information for any just-in-case scenarios with a personalized pin that can access your account on’s website, where you can block access to your account in case something happens to your device.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

7. Simplemind+

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of all the thoughts in your head. Luckily, Simplemind+ is a tool which allows you to create mind maps, collect your ideas in one place and improve your brainstorm productivity.

Instead of mundane text versions, the mind maps allow you to visualize and connect your thoughts, plus you can hyperlink, share and export them as needed.

This app is available on iOS devices, Android and desktops. Learn more.

8. Todo

If you’re a list-maker, this app is for you. The task manager, Todo, allows you to compile any to-dos in one spot, then sync the app with your calendar.

You can also save multiple lists by category or, to utilize reminders, set repeating tasks and appointments for those pesky tasks you need to remember on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

9. CliffsNotesmobile

Who can keep all those characters straight, anyway? Now you don’t need to.

Find any study help you require via CliffsNotesmobile, quickly and conveniently from your iOS devices.

The app allows you to download literary guides, test prep, digital flash cards for review and, for those in a time crunch, get CramCasts (podcasts that summarize story lines but don’t leave out important details you should know).

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

10. Vocabology

Build and enhance your vocabulary easily and efficiently with Vocabology.

A better vocabulary equals better essays, speeches and exam scores.

Vocabology even allows words in multiple languages, so you can learn in whatever tongue suits your style.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

11. Trello

Unless you’re from another universe, group assignments can be brutal. It’s often difficult to get everyone on the same page – and the same workload.

Trello is an app that combats group assignment woes by allowing organization and collaboration.

Sure, you can use Trello as a task manager, but it’s capable of so much more. Create cards, which you can organize in lists or categories– then share them with others who can make notes and vote for your ideas.

You can even track progress, plus updates are in real time, so you’re never wondering what group members are up to.

This app is available on iOS devices, Android, Windows 8 and web browsers. Learn more.

12. Brain Tutor 3D

If you’re a science geek, this app allows you to learn about what’s in everyone’s head – literally.

The app allows you to explore 3D models of the head and brain through models created from MRI scans, while learning about where brain structures are located.

You can even slice the brain across three different axes to learn more about what’s inside, complete with text information.

An actual brain to dissect is hard to come by; an app version of the process is much easier.

This app is available on iPhone and iPad. Learn more.

13. StudySets – Psychology, Spanish and French

Dive into these topically-focused apps. You can explore key topics, vocabulary and people quickly with the psychology version, which also includes psychology concepts for high-schoolers looking to study up for college-entrance exams.

The Spanish and French StudySets allow you to delve into the world of language arts, with vocabulary, verb conjunctions, translation tools and explanations of difficult concepts you may stumble upon through learning.

This app is available on iPhone and iTouch. Learn more.

14. iStudiez Pro

Easily navigate the overwhelming aspects of student life like tracking your schedule, daily tasks and keep track of upcoming assignments and deadlines.

You can also track your grades and calculate your projected GPA for current and past semesters using a variety of grading scales.

In addition, you can back up any data you enter by sending it directly to your email or by syncing to your other iOS devices.

This app is available on iOS devices. Learn more.

15. gWhiz for Students

The complete line of gWhiz apps spans pretty much any topic or study tool you’ll ever need from an app.

Download whichever apps pertain: from task-specific apps like test prep or gFlash to create and edit your own note cards, integrate them into Google Docs or, if you don’t feel like creating them, download pre-made cards from the gWhiz catalog.

You can also search and download apps by subject, like architecture, history, science, math and more!

These apps are available on iOS devices, Android, Blackerry, Netbook, Nook and Kindle. Learn more.

Which apps do you use to help you stay on top of your schoolwork?

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