2 – CourseSmart
This app gives you access to over seven thousand textbooks, and you are able to fully access them all on your iPhone. You have to pay for access to the textbooks with a licensing agreement. You are allowed access for as long as the subscription lasts. This means that you do not have to fully invest in your books, you can just “rent” them (for want of a better word) until you do not need them any longer. For example, you could buy a license that gives you access to books for as long as your course lasts or just buy the license that lets you use them for a course term.
3 – New York Times
Sure you can use this app to stay up to date with current events and that whole thing, but it is actually very good for creating references for your essay. You are often asked to quote from and reference a number of different sources instead of just relying on journals, and the New York Times is a perfectly applicable source. You can even use it to quote metrics and survey results as it is viewed as an academically respectable source for such things. Or, you can check to see where they got their figures and quote from there direct.
4 – My Home work
This fun little app allows you to organize your homework assignments. That is putting it in fairly simple terms as you can use it to track when your next class is, what coursework is due and when it is due. You can schedule important matters regarding your education and qualifications and then set alerts to go off for when you need them.
5 – Wikipanion
This allows you to look up the pages on Wikipedia without having access to it via your browser. Wikipedia is not a standard academic resource and you will lose marks for referencing it in your essays, but it is still a good information resource. You just need to remember to check the information that you find on it.
A good idea is to check the references given by the website itself. They often lead you to some very valid resources that you are allowed to quote and reference in your essays. Plus, you have to remember that sometimes it is handy just to know a few things in order to round off your essays more thoroughly. You can check the facts that other sources have given you to see if they are on the level.
6 – StudyBlue
This app allows you to create flashcards to help you study and memorize things for your exams. Some exams rely more heavily on memorization of figures than others. For example, if you are doing an exam in humanities or history then you need to know certain principles, but if you are doing one in physics or chemistry then you are going to need to know actual equations and theories. This is where you will benefit from the StudyBlue app.
You can create your own flashcards and then have them flash up in a random order. It will help you to test your knowledge, or you can just have them present you with the facts in the hopes that you will memorize what is flashed up before you. It is an old memorization trick but it still proves effective even today.
7 – Study Buddy
This app allows you to make yourself more productive when you study. It monitors how many breaks you take or how often you are distracted. If you are trying to come up with a study routine then this app may be used to increase your efficiency. After using it when you study it will show you a graph of how efficient you were. This may help you choose more optimal study intervals and periods as you plan your study sessions.
8 – Wolfram Alpha
This is an app that gives you answers to questions. It is programmed with hundreds of different answers for a multitude of subjects, and it can actually do the math on your algebra and calculus problems. If you have a mathematical problem within your chemistry or economics paper, then you can ask the app for the answer. It is a very nice little shortcut for students when they need to know the answer very quickly.
9 – iTunes U
Oddly enough this is not just an app for finding music. You can also find a lot of good audio information with this app. It has lectures from some much esteemed professors and industry experts. You can learn a lot from the lectures found on this app, and you can even look up their sources with Google to find reference information. This will mean that you will be able to quote things you heard when you write your essays or dissertations.
10 – Dropbox
This is somewhat of a cloud service because it allows you to store your files online. This makes synchronization between multiple devices and computers very easy. It allows a student to save very large files without having to use the hard drive of their device, and it allows the student the ability to see those files from almost anywhere that has the Internet. It saves the student from having to carry paper versions of the files around too.
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