We have put together a list of essential mobile apps for college students that range from free to very inexpensive. These apps will help students get an edge on their organization, productivity skills, as well as save money. Mobile devices have drastically changed the way students learn today and tools like these allow them to be more efficient than ever. View our list below and leave feedback if you use one of these apps or have a recommendation on an app you use as a student.
Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders — and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Google Wave. Desktop software available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX platorms.
Rate My Professors
Need help choosing your classes this semester? Want to give feedback on a professor you’ve had before? With more than 10 million comments on over 1 million professors at 6,000+ schools across the United States, Rate My Professors is the leading source of professor ratings based on feedback straight from students.
Platform: Supports iPhone and iPod touch.
This app has a higher rating than Wikepedia’s Mobile App. Accessing Wikipedia’s 20 million articles has never been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry. This should come in very handy when studying for tests or researching a topic for class.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Kindle Reading App
This app can put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket. Save up to 60% when you buy e-textbooks and up to 80% when you rent. Download one of the Free Kindle Apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices. This means you don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle e-Textbooks.
Platform: Supports Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7.
Alarm Clock Pro
Alarm Clock Pro by iHandy Inc. turns your mobile device into a beautiful digital clock with customizable gorgeous themes and an alarm clock that sings your favorite tunes. This ultimate alarm clock let’s you fall asleep to relaxing songs, podcasts and even audiobooks. There is even a built-in flashlight to light up the darkness! This app will help students get up in class for early morning classes or get back up after a mid-day power nap. It also displays weather conditions so you’ll be prepared before walking out of your dorm or apartment.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.
gFlashPro – Flashcards & Tests
Studying just got a lot less boring. Improve your test taking skills by creating custom flash card sets for every subject under the sun with gFlashPro. Incorporate multimedia such as images, audio and video clips to further enhance your flash cards. There is also an option to You can even create and share flashcards using Google Docs spreadsheets. If you don’t have time to create your own cards, or download premade cardsets. The apps also supports multiple choice questions, auto shuffling and Reverse Q&A functions.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, BlackBerry, the Android version is slightly different.
Students can save money with this app that converts your existing mobile device into high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator. Graphing Calculator will quickly plot and trace multiple equations on the same graph. This app supports all the major functions so you don’t have to by the traditional expansive and awkward graphing calculators.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Windows Phone 7.
This productivity app helps you stay organized and on top of your assignments. The iStudiez Pro app keeps track of all your classes (including alternating A & B schedules), schedule homework assignments, set alerts for projects and exams. You can also input lectures and labs, track tasks and other deadlines. All schedules and assignments can by viewed in a daily or monthly calendar view. That way you’ll see list of events and assignments including all details such as event type, location, time left, class instructor, number of tasks pending and what’s next on schedule.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
Cost: Free (Lite version), $1.99 (Pro version)
Get the ultimate portable study guide in the palm of your hand. SparkNotes provides detailed plot overviews, character analysis, chapter summaries, key facts of all the most popular literature, Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, drama and short stories. Access 50 pre-installed study guides in your library with hundreds more available for viewing online, you can also download to your device for use offline. Check in to easily share your location and start a study group right from your mobile. Check-in update will appear on the Place page, your friends’ Facebook News Feed and your Wall.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android.
Quickly and easily find FREE or paid Wi-Fi access when you are traveling on or off campus at a nearby restaurant or public hot spot. The Wi-Fi Finder app can also help you avoid overage charges on your monthly data plan or help you access your files from the cloud on your laptop when you are on the go. Using the GPS function on your iPhone, the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there. Then you can download all of the locations offline, so you know how to stay connected when you are on the road.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPod touch and Android.
The educational App makes it easy for you to calculate your GPA for a semester, as well as the cumulative GPA of your educational career creating an unofficial transcript on your mobile device. Fourpoint allows you to designate a course as Pass/Fail or set a course to not count toward your GPA. You can also determine your major GPA, plus a secondary major can be enabled in the settings.
Platform: Supports iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
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