2012 has been a banner year for mobile technology, and especially for iPhone app development with Apple’s recent release of the iPhone 5. In the coming years, mobile internet usage is expected to surpass internet usage on laptop and desktop computers. People are becoming more comfortable with the technology, and you’d be hard pressed to find a college student who does not own a smartphone.
In fact, a recent survey reports that 67% of young adults ages 18-24 own smartphones, an increase of 18% since 2011. And it’s not just smartphones. College campuses are also seeing tremendous growth in tablet usage among students. iPad sales are soaring, and they are showing up in college classrooms all over the country. Some professors are even requiring the technology as part of the class experience.
Over 20,000 educational apps are available for download through iTunes, and that number is growing daily to meet the increasing demand among students. So if you’re a college student who is hoping to improve efficiency this semester with the help of some handy educational apps, how do you know which ones are worth downloading? Are you going to browse through 20,000 apps in your spare time?
Well, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and have developed a list of five must-have apps for college students. These are guaranteed to improve your efficiency, and make it a little easier to manage a heavy course load.
1. Evernote Peek
Evernote is an amazing app for keeping all your notes in one place, instead of randomly strewn through your textbooks. The Evernote Peek app actually lets you organize all of your notes from class into neat little questions to help you study for your next exam. It’s a must have for students who want to maximize their study time without the hassle of spending hours getting everything organized.
2. Graphing Calculator
When I was in college in the dark ages, these things cost upwards of $100. Now you can go to the app store and purchase a graphing calculator app that will help you breeze through college calculus for $1.99.
3. StudyBlue Flashcards
Now you can memorize your notes using this handy flashcards app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. StudyBlue makes it easy to remember those key terms for a big test, and you can even use the app to set a study schedule so that you’re prepared.
4. Dragon Dictation
This is a great study tool because you can simply record your thoughts or facts about an assignment and come back to them later. No need to worry about typing everything out on the computer. This dictation tool does it for you, and the best part is that it’s free.
How many times have you worked on a group project and emailed multiple iterations of the same document to your team? Dropbox is a convenient file sharing system that lets you save and share relevant project documents and media with your team. It eliminates the confusion of having multiple copies, and streamlines your productivity when you’re working on group projects.
With the number of educational tools available in the app store, it is a great time to be a college student with a smartphone or tablet. Whether you are seeking to improve your productivity or study skills, there’s an app for that!
About the Author
Samuel Clemens is a former educator who has been writing about student resources and study tools for several years. Click here to see the study guides he recommends for Shakespeare’s MacBeth.