School season is just back and so are your duties. Before everything hooks up, you should better go shopping and get ready for the new school year. If you are making a back to school supply list you should consider adding mobile apps that will help your school days become less stressful and at the same time more efficient. From reminders to homework apps, books or teachers search apps, document management, to science apps, let’s see what you need to have on your phone to be ready for school:
Back to school productivity apps
When the school starts you need to activate your brain again and keep track of every assignment, homework or task for school. That’s when note-taking apps become handy, because you don’t need to bring pen and paper with you every time you want to write something down or to set up reminders. Todoist is a must have back to school app that makes to-do lists and helps you stay organized.
Bear: available for iOS only
Another app that takes notes for you but it’s also good for creating sketches. This back to school app stores the notes in plain simple text, and the notes are organized with hashtags so you can easily find them later. You can even grab links and images from the web and bookmark them with the Bear, it works something like a web clipper.
Forest apps serves for growing virtual forest. The app is actually keeping you away from the phone and the more you are focused on school and less on the phone, the bigger the tree will grow. There is no more original way to stay productive!
For school papers: Word Processing and Document Management Apps
Scrivener: available for iOS only
It is better to use this app on an iPad than on iPhone, but if you don’t have an iPad, iPhone is still acceptable choice. Scrivener is perfect for writing, you can write a book and not to mention a research paper. This app covers all the features you need for efficient writing. In addition, you can use its outline feature to go back and forth through the pages, which is convenient when you are working with manuscripts.
This PDF app converts PDF files to Word, which can be pretty useful when you need to make edits to your assignments, research papers or use old papers. It works with scanned files as well, thanks to advanced OCR technology. You can upload files that are saved on Box, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive, OneDrive or iCloud and rename them after conversion.
If you use PowerPoint to make presentations for school or college, you will sometimes need to reuse old slides saved in PDF. PDF to PPT Converter turns PDF documents to .ppt format where you can later on make changes to your slide.
General help with school and homework
My Study Life: available on Android and iOS
My Study Life navigates you through your school life by organizing your study time, sports time, tracking tasks, managing your classes and due dates. This app takes care of all your needs regarding school and you will need it when you are back to school.
Chegg: only for iOS
Next time you need a textbook, you don’t need to spend money on buying it. Chegg saves you money by allowing you to find the right textbook at the cheapest price or to even rent it. You can also buy textbooks or download them on eTextbooks. In the same way, you can sell the textbook when you don’t need it any more, and earn some money back. The app has a massive library of 2.5 million textbooks so it’s almost impossible not to find the book you need.
If you are searching for new techniques of studying, try flashcards. By making sets of flashcards from one or more lessons, you will consume that lesson and learn in the process. Brainscape is a flashcard app that serves as a replacement for paper flashcards. If you want to study on multiple devices, for instance on iPhone and iPad, you can easily sync the data from the app. Also, if you want to help your classmates, you can share your flashcards with them.
Libby is a replacement for your school bag. You don’t need to carry your textbooks with you, Libby will give you all the textbooks on the phone. In addition to textbooks, you can also download audio books when your eyes get tired. This app actually provides you with the access to local libraries, just search the nearest library and borrow the book you need, electronically. You can even keep track of your reading history and organize your time accordingly.
iHomework: iOS only
Every student, whether a high school or a college student has homework. Doing homework is important because it will help you practice what you’ve learned at college or school. What’s more, homework is obligatory sometimes. These are some of the reasons why you need iHomework. It will help you organize your assignments, sorting them by due date or subject. The app also has a scheduling feature that will make sure you don’t miss a lab or a course so you need to add it to your back to school checklist.
HiPer Calc: Android
Assuming you have math or any other science subject at school, you will need a calculator. If you don’t want to bring the real calculator with you, this app will be of help. You can perform different calculations such as basic arithmetic operations, advanced number operations, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions and much more.
Calc Smart: iOS
This app is similar to HiPer Calc app but it works in iPhone instead of Android. It is also an app for currency conversions and not just math operations. It easily solves even advanced math operations and makes sure your parentheses are correct.