Top Apps for Back-to-College

It’s back-to-school time and that means classes, work and always being on the go. With the great mobility of connectivity, it’s easier than ever to keep everything you need with you- not in a backpack, but in the palm of your hand. Check out some of these must-have apps this year to help you start and stay on top of your schedule and classes.

Homework Help

You’ve got a million things to get done, but unless you have a super-human memory, you’re going to need a way to keep everything in check. With iHomework, you’ll have no problem keeping track of your busy schedule and making sure all of your assignments get done on time. Best of all, you can get it for any device that runs on iOS. So no matter whether you take your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or MacBook to class, you’ve always got your schedule with you.

Download it here: iHomework  

Looking for something similar to support your new Android phone? Make sure to check out HomeWork to easily enter your schedule, assignments and everything you need to make sure you stay at the top of the class.

Download it here: HomeWork

Study Help

Flashcards are a great way to easily go through study material, but unfortunately for those of us who can’t draw, sometimes what we can do is limited. That’s the great thing about Mental Case for iPhone and iPad – it allows you to pull in content from all over the Web and create flashcards and slideshows with a new, rich detail. No need to worry about how to share them, either; there are several ways you can share your notes with others who have this app, too.

Download it here: Mental Case

Back Pain Help

Textbooks are heavy, theoretically and physically. So why would you carry around so much weight when you can just have them on your mobile devices? Save your back and shoulders and check out CourseSmart, available on Android and Apple devices, that lets you access all of your textbooks from your CourseSmart bookshelf. Haven’t heard of CourseSmart? It gives you access to thousands of textbooks, at great prices.

Download it here: CourseSmart


Last-Minute Editing Help

You’ve finished your paper or presentation, but realize at the last minute you left out something very important. Instead of letting this hurt your grade, make sure you can edit it no matter where you are with Documents To Go. This great app lets you edit and preview Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files on many mobile devices.

Download it here: Documents To Go

Math Help

sin(2x) = 2 sin x cos x. If you don’t remember all of the complicated math equations, functions, identities and more, then Math Ref is a must. Not only is it a helpful reference for all math subjects, it’s also got a great search feature so you can find anything in seconds. It’s even got a full periodic table of elements, and is available for Android and iOS.

Download it here: Math Ref

Word Help

Look up an unfamiliar word in an assignment for your American Transcendentalism course or enhance your vocab to impress that person in your class. Either way, the app gives you quick and easy access to definitions and a complete thesaurus to help you in and out of the classroom. Check it out today, on iOS or Android.

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Citation Help

“How do I cite an online source?” With EasyBib, you’ll never need to ask that question again. Just enter your information and get a complete and accurate citation for APA, Chicago or MLA styles. Plus, you can take a picture of a book’s barcode with an iOS device and have its information scanned in automatically. When you’re done with your citations, simply email them to yourself to use in your paper.

Download it here: EasyBib

Money Help

You’re independent and you want to prove it. Don’t let financial troubles get in your way. With the Mint app for iOS and Android, you can create budgets and manage all of your money so that you don’t get in over your head. Already planning for that fall break trip? Mint lets you set and track your savings goals, too.

Download it here: Mint

Asking for More Money Help

If the inevitable occurs and you do need some extra funds, it’s always a great idea to stay in touch. Of course, you should anyway, as a regular “hello” is usually better than an “emergency money” call. With Skype, you can call or video chat to anywhere in the U.S. for free, and they’ve got great international rates if you need to talk to family or friends overseas on any iOS or Android device.

Download it here: Skype

Making sure your phone doesn’t go off when it shouldn’t … help

Has your phone ever rung in the middle of a class, after you knew you had turned it off? Now you don’t have to worry about any accidental ringing with the Android app Locale. This GPS app allows you to program your phone to turn off or go into silent mode at different locations. When you get there, it changes automatically. It’s great for lectures, labs and movie nights.

Download it here: Locale

Check out all these apps on some of the greatest new mobile devices, including the new Android powered HTC EVO 4G and Toshiba Thrive tablet, or the iOS-powered iPhone 4 and iPad 2, all available at RadioShack.


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1 Comment

  • Bobby

    Great stuff Ricky! I am heading back to school this fall and found this great list of back to school apps. Easy Bib looks like a super easy way to keep track of my sources. How about some more best of lists? Have you ever seen an app to keep track and split bills with roommates? I found this, but wanna find someone on for my iphone –