If you have made the decision to use a tablet or an iPad for school, congratulations! I have found it to be so helpful, both in terms of freeing up some space in my backpack as well as keeping everything organized and in one place. One frequent question I get from my Tumblr followers is what are the top apps you can use for school?
Here is a quick list of productivity, note-taking, document reading, to-do list and some fun apps that can be integrated into your school life.
1. To be Productive
- When studying, the Pomodoro Timer can help you organize your schedule. The Pomodoro Rule (aka 45-15 rule) allows you to work for 45 minutes and rest for 15. Studying in smaller chunks like these helps you keep your best focus and re-energize when the concentration goes down.
- If you are not a fan of set schedules, but would like to keep a clean and organized to-do list for all your activities, I’d recommend the GoodTask app
2. To Be Organized
- To those who enjoy keeping a calendar online, Sunrise Calendar is a beautiful app. Similar to iCal, it includes Google calendar, Exchange and iCloud support, and is available on laptops, iPhones and iPads. It is also offered on Android!
- StudyCal is also a great option for students who like to keep their daily tasks, class schedules, assignments and even grades all in one place.
- I take notes using GoodNotes app (Here is a screenshot). It is very simple and easy to use, doesn’t lag, and has handwriting recognition in case you need to do a search of you notes. Also includes PDF annotations as well as allows you to take photos and insert them right into your notes.
- Another option is Notability– an app very similar to Goodnotes, except that it offers a voice recording device and allows you to listen to the recording and see how you wrote your notes during lecture. Super cool!
- Evernote and OneNote are also great apps for taking notes in class, but mostly if you prefer to type them. Both are saved on a cloud and are accessible from any device!
- For various short and random notes, the App Store offers Post-It app, which lets you create Pinterest-like boards of post it notes from your photos.
4. To Study
- One of the greatest ways to study vocabulary or any kinds of key terms is with using flashcards.
- StudyBlue, Quizlet, Flashcards+, and Flashcards Deluxe are great.
5. To Keep your Files
- Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, etc. These can be found in Bundles in the App store for free! Good to have just in case.
- The app I use is Documents Free. It’s very simple and saves everything even if I’ve just opened it once. Helps with files like class syllabus that I randomly decide to check in the middle of the year.
6. Other Helpful Apps
- Kindle or iBooks
- MyScript Calculator – recognizes your handwritten equations and solves them.
- PhotoMath– take a picture of your equation and the app will solve it for you step-by-step
Here is a screenshot of my iPad and the apps that I use: