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Top 30 Productive Apps That All Back to School Students Should Have

August 26, 2011 by

The new school year has already started for some and approaching quickly for others. The last weeks of the summer are a crucial time for returning students to prepare for the new school year. Technology has been integrating itself into our culture for many years and it is now more prevalent in our schools more than ever. With summer coming to an end we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the best student applications for the iPad and iPhone.

iPhone Apps 

from, August 2011

Since the introduction of the iPhone the numbers of apps have grown exponentially. Start the new school year off right by trying out some of the following applications. The apps are broken down into several categories ranging from personal organizers to financial assistance however many of the applications perform across multiple categories. Many of selected apps are designed to assist students with note taking, time management, relaxation, and much more

Personal and Class Organizers

IProscrastinate is a simple and intuitive task management application that lets you assign priority levels to your scheduled items.

This app helps you schedule classes, assignments, and important deadlines in a personal planner.

This application keeps your work organized and lets you assign upcoming tasks while monitoring your progress.

Like the other personal organizers this app keeps track of a student’s class schedule, teachers, and assignments.

The Cozi app is a simple list and calendar editor that lets you set alarm and reminders.



“The best-selling handwriting app for over a year. You’ll get the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.” -Cocoa Box Design LLC

“SoundNote is the best way to take notes in meetings, lectures, and interviews. It tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you’ll never worry about missing an important detail. During playback, just tap a word: SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio.”- David Estes

Notability is a note-taking application that supports web clipping and has the ability to draw on or type over images.

Evernote lets you create notes, snap photos, and record voice memos that you can then access at any time from your iPhone, computer, or the web.

Along with the Bamboo stylus for the iPad this app allows users to create notes and sketches that can be shared visually, easily stored and archived for later use. It features different paper types (blank, lined or graph) and several pen thickness selections.

The InClass app lets you take written, audio, video, and photographic notes. You can also create schedules and alarms for due dates or homework assignments.

With this you can record lectures and take snap shot pictures. The snapshots are time stamped to coordinate with the sound recording letting the user navigate quickly through their notes.



This app lets users study with flashcards on their iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can create multiple-choice questions for practice and when the test is over “Cram” grades your test performance so you can track your progress.

This app lets you add text, record audio, and insert images from your photo library. Mental Case is a great memory bank for those things you come across each day that you want to remember. Mental Case also allows you to download flash cards from the World’s largest online repositories of study cards, and Choose from millions of flashcards, on topics ranging from Medicine to GRE and SAT exams.

FlashCards makes it easy to create flashcards on the iPhone. You can use text, pictures, or even audio to make your flash cards.

Flashcard Touch is a simple and intuitive learning tool that helps you memorize vocabularies, foreign languages, or just about anything you can put on an index card.

Study Aid helps users quickly create flashcards. Simply swipe left or right to go forwards or backwards in your list of cards, and swipe down for the answer and down again to go back.


Reference Guides

Everything you love about on the iPhone and the iPad!

This easy to use iPhone application helps you build your vocabulary.

The Science Glossary application contains a glossary of scientific terms and short biographies. All definitions link to related terms and to a free detailed science learning module.

This app provides the standard periodic table of the elements which is helpful for anyone interested in or attending a chemistry course.

This application provides every possible math formula and calculations that a math student could ask for.

This app contains information from fifteen different biological systems. It provides a quick and detailed reference for the human Anatomy. The app contains text and detailed sketches.


Productivity / Utilities

This application serves as a scientific graphing calculator which can plot 2D and 3D graphs. It is similar to Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-84 minus the expensive price tag.

This app uses the GPS function on your iPhone to locate and tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there.

This free app is a perfect complement to the paid CourseSmart service.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it extremely easy to share with others.

The Pandora app lets user create custom playlist completely free. With Pandora you can listen to unlimited music from your iPhone and iPad whenever you want to escape the stress of being a student.



PageOnce organizes and tracks your money and bills. It also lets you see your banks, credit cards, bills and investment accounts in one simple place. You can also control where your money goes and get important real-time alerts and reminders about your accounts.

This Application provides hundreds of in-store coupons right on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This app is a great way for college students to save money on clothing, shoes, restaurants, electronics, travel, jewelry, sporting goods, books and more.


With summer quickly coming to an end, are you ready for school to begin? It’s time for a new school year with new people, new classes, new teachers, new gadgets, and new apps. Whether you’re a high school student, college student or a proud parent these 30 apps are sure to provide you with a ton of helpful insights. These are only a portion of the many helpful apps available on the iTunes store, other considerations for the list included news and weather apps as well as health and fitness apps. Now that you know the apps to get check out the link to see the 23 must have back to school gadgets.

Thanks for Reading have a Great Day and Hope these 30 productive learning apps help!





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