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10 best mobile apps for students

Liane Cassavoy | Sept. 4, 2014
The lazy days of summer are over and it's time to go back to school. That means it's also time to top off your tablet or smartphone with the tools you need to succeed. We combed through the glut of educational apps in search of some that will help you manage your course load, prepare for exams, and even get you to class on time. These 10 made our Dean's List.

Studious

Studious, a free Android app, isn't going to make you smarter. It can, however, help you to appear a little more studious, thanks in large part to its feature that silences your phone in class. After all, I've never met a teacher or professor who appreciated that sort of interruption. But that's not the only way Studious can help you in school. This app also allows you to save your class schedule and class locations and track assignments and tests. Its interface isn't the best I've seen, but it's still easy to use--and sometimes that's enough.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy aims to offer "a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere." That may not appeal to you if you're already paying tuition, but Khan Academy can help anyone, thanks to the amazing amount of content it offers, via more than 4,200 instructional videos, all available for free online, or via apps for iOS and Windows 8. Want to learn about the housing markets? Khan has it covered. Same with ancient art and civilization. Or Monarch and enlightenment. And math topics from kindergarten to high school and beyond. It also offers test prep for exams like the SAT and MCAT. You get the idea: Khan Academy is comprehensive. Before using it to brush up for class, you may want to touch base with your teacher, though, just to make sure its teachings are in line with what you're expected to know.

Math Alarm

Want to make sure you get to class on time and squeeze in a little extra math practice as well? That's exactly what Math Alarm, a free iOS app, can help you do. Set the alarm for the time you need to rise, and you'll have to answer a math problem in order to turn it off. The problems aren't tricky--think basic addition--but they are enough to rouse your brain so that you're more likely to wake up and not hit the snooze button. There is a snooze option, too, just in case you need it. I do wish Math Alarm made it slightly easier to set an alarm, as you can do so with fewer taps on the built-in iOS alarm clock. But that's a minor complaint about an app that, overall, is just a fun diversion.

 

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