Top 7 apps for today’s digital student

January 17th, 2012 by rebeccac

Balancing class with work and family life can be a challenge for any college student. Luckily, you have a host of tools at your disposal that can help you stay organized and productive. Check out these useful apps and programs that can help you succeed.


iPhone, iPad

Can’t seem to put that game of Angry Birds on hold long enough to focus on your studies? Try iProcrastinate, a tool for organizing all of the to-do lists and tasks you have on your plate. Just enter your homework assignments, exam dates, or other tasks, and then break them down into manageable steps if necessary. You can also sync your lists from your computer to your iPad or iPhone to stay organized on the go. Additional perks include color-coding, priority levels and the ability to share tasks with others.

Google Apps Suite

Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Many college students these days rely heavily on tools like Google Docs, Books, Scholar, Email, Calendar and Search. Google Docs, for example, gives group members the ability to chat and share documents, and Google Scholar allows students to search through a variety of scholarly literature. Google Calendar and Gmail can keep you organized and connected to your friends and classmates, and Google Books allows you to research books and purchase e-books.


iPhone, iPad

Keep your class schedule and notes organized with inClass. This multidimensional app allows you to take photo, video, audio or text notes, input your class schedule, and set task and course alarms. You can also share and print your notes from class, and badges on your home screen will tell you how much homework you have for the next two weeks.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android

Create your own digital flashcards or browse through a vast library of flashcards others have created on a variety of topics. Customize your flashcards with photos, generate custom tests and printable materials, or play games based on your flashcards to help you prepare for quizzes and exams. After creating your flashcards, you can choose from an assortment of apps to access them on your smartphone or tablet.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Tired of carrying USB flash drives or other mobile storage devices to keep your assignments accessible? Install Dropbox on your computer or mobile advice to take advantage of the cloud storage system that allows you to access your files anywhere. Dropbox users receive 2GB of storage for free, but can upgrade to a paid subscription to receive up to 100GB.


Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

Tired of scribbling down illegible notes in class? Ditch the notebook with Evernote, an award-winning note-taking and organizational app. Take notes anywhere and organize them, then access them from every mobile device and computer you use. You can also create to-do lists, save useful web pages, and share your notes with friends and classmates.


Mac, PC, iPad

Tired of using the same old PowerPoint templates for your class presentations? Try Prezi, an interactive, cloud-based presentation tool that allows users to create non-linear, zoom-enabled presentations that are often more visually appealing than standard PowerPoint slides. Simply create your presentation online, then access it from the web at anytime – no offline storage is necessary.

Use these tools to stay focused and working hard toward your educational goals. Feel free to pat yourself on the back when you receive your final grades.

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