The Best Back to School Apps

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on September 8, 2015, App Guides

Going back to school doesn’t mean grabbing a notebook and an HB pencil anymore, not with today’s tech anyway. If your kids (or you) are headed back to the classroom, then there are bunches of apps to help with studies. Just check out our top picks for the best back to school apps!

Super Flashcards or Flashcards +

Flashcards +

Flashcards +

Sadly, school still does require a bunch of memorisation, particularly for all those foreign language classes. So just how are you supposed to memorise all those irregular German verbs? Well, flashcards are probably the way to go for most people. Making flashcards by hand is a bit of a pain though, so why not just get your phone to do the work? Both these apps are free and both will take all the hassle out of making flashcards, so what are you waiting for? Super Flashcards is an Android app, whilst Flashcards + is the iPhone equivalent…

Tynker

Tynker

Tynker

According to the government, computing and programming are big focusses for education these days. But how on earth are you supposed to help your six year old with his programming homework when you never learnt it yourself? Simple, grab Tynker. Tynker is a free app that teaches the basics of programming for young children (think primary school age). There are plenty of puzzles, space to create their own programmes, and even the ability to control hardware like drones. The app is free for both iPhone and Android, but there are some in app purchases that you might need to keep an eye on with younger kids.

MyHomework Planner

MyHomework Planner

MyHomework Planner

Have trouble staying on top of everything that you have to do? Need constant reminders of everything? Want to know when your kid has a big test coming up? MyHomework Planner takes care of all of this and more. Basically a scheduling app that allows you to input homework, due dates, and to set alarms, MyHomework Planner can also synch between devices, letting both kids and their parents stay on top of things. It’s free and available for iPhone, Android and Windows too.

Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Okay, this sounds like a simple addition to our list, but that’s part of the reason that we love it. With Dictionary.com you’ll always have both a dictionary and a thesaurus on hand whenever you need one. An easy to use interface and the option of simple or more detailed definitions mean that out of all the dictionary apps on the market, Dictionary.com is really our favourite. It’s free too, so give it a try! Available for iOS and Android.

Studious

Studious

Studious

Okay, okay, it’s another scheduling app, but Studious is awesome, and maybe more suited to older students than MyHomework Planner is. You can input your course schedule, mark upcoming tests or homework, but Studious also has a couple of extra features. Firstly, you can save notes inside the app itself, which is handy for keeping all your course information together in one place. Secondly, it has a ringer killer option, which will automatically shut off the sound on your phone whenever you’re supposed to be in class. Neat, right? Studious is free and available for Android and iOS.

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder

One of the only paid apps on our list, the Hi-Q MP3 Recorder could well be worth it for all those college lectures and discussion groups that you need to go to. Who wants to take notes by hand when you can have a crystal clear recording of everything that’s happened? If you’re not the best note taker, then this is going to be a no brainer buy for you. Worried about the memory in your phone? The Hi-Q MP3 Recorder lets you set a customised limit and will warn you when you get close so you’re not going to be filling your phone up with lecture sound files. Well worth the few pounds that you’ll pay, we think. Available for Android only (iPhone users might want to check out the similar iOS iRecorder app).

EasyBib

EasyBib

EasyBib

Got tons of papers to write? Nobody likes that awful citations section at the end, trying to collect all that info and putting it in the right format can end up taking longer than it took to write the paper in the first place. So let EasyBib do the work for you. Just scan the barcode on the back of the relevant book and EasyBib will create the citation, all you need to do is copy it into your citation section. Easy, free and available for both Android and iOS.

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is a great app for absolutely anyone, but for students it’s particularly awesome. Take notes, add pics, video or sound if you like, and upload them onto Evernote. You can then organise your notes, combining them in any way you please, and can access them from anywhere that you have the Evernote app (which includes on your tablet and computer). All that, and it’s free too. Not a bad deal. Available for Android and iOS.

RealCalc Scientific Calculator

RealCalc Scientific Calculator

RealCalc Scientific Calculator

Oops. Forget that all important scientific calculator at home? The basic calculator on your phone probably isn’t going to do the trick for advanced maths or science classes, so you’re going to need to download the free RealCalc Scientific Calculator instead. It does everything that the model you left at home can do, so you should have your bases covered. It’s Android only, but if you’re on iOS then check out the similar iPhone app called PCalc.

Need Some Extra Help?

Finally, if you find yourself falling a little behind, then you might want some extra help in some of your classes. That’s not a problem because there are tons of apps that will give you some extra tuition, and for free too! Check out the Wikipedia app (obviously), but also take a look at the TED app, Khan Academy, or Coursera. One of these is sure to give you the help that you need!

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