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10 most useful student iPhone apps

These apps will help you take notes, track assignments, and look up words and formulas, among other things.

By Karen Datko Sep 15, 2010 8:50AM

This post comes from Ray Jamali at partner blog Wise Bread.


If you have ever been a student, you know that student life is not easy or cheap. With rising tuition costs, high unemployment, and busy schedules, finding ways to manage your time and budget seems impossible. No need to panic. Last week, we showcased back-to-school savings tips. This week, we have 10 iPhone applications that can help you manage your student life.

Rate My Professors. Ever had a lecture where the monotonous tone of a professor puts you to sleep? Rate My Professors was one of my favorite sites when I was in college. Now it's an iPhone application. The app allows you to view other students' comments and ratings of professors and write your own reviews. The great thing with the app is that you can tweet it or post it on Facebook. Just be careful what you say.

Evernote. Taking notes in class is not always easy, but Evernote can help. This app takes text and voice notes, which can be synchronized to an online account so that it's accessible everywhere. Although typing on your iPhone all day long may not be the most convenient way to take notes, the voice recording can be very helpful.


Pageonce Personal Finance. Classes, assignments, exams, papers to write -- students have enough to remember. Remembering when bills are due and managing accounts do not have to be hard. With Pageonce Personal Finance, you can manage all your online accounts anywhere, anytime.


MyHomework. Keeping track of assignments can get complicated; myHomework can help you keep your head above water. You can keep track of assignments in different classes and when they are due. You can see all your homework laid out in a calendar view and send homework reminders to friends. It's a free application with very practical uses for the busy student.  (See also 40-plus college resources for the busy student.)


Blackboard Mobile Learn. Blackboard seems to be a very poplar platform used by many schools to communicate with their students. Assignments and grades are often posted on Blackboard, and professors point students to Blackboard for lecture notes and assignments. If your school utilizes Blackboard, then you can have instant access to all the information posted by your school, professors, and classmates.

IStudiez Pro. IStudiez Pro is not a free application ($2.99), but it can be very useful. It helps you keep track of your classes and assignments. It can color-code each assignment with the corresponding class and notify you of their due dates. It may just be the best $2.99 you spend in college.


New Oxford American Dictionary. By the time I graduated I probably went through four dictionaries. (They kept disappearing somehow.) The New Oxford American Dictionary has more than 250,000 entries stored on your phone, which means no Internet connection needed. It also includes more than 60,000 audio pronunciations.


Chegg. Textbooks are expensive -- really expensive. Finding used textbooks is not always easy and even then it may be an outdated edition. Chegg is a textbook rental company with millions of books to choose from. No need to stand in line for hours at the campus bookstore. All you need is the free Chegg app, the book's title, author or ISBN, or you can simply scan the bar code. The app also has a reminder to return the book so you won't incur any late fees.


Formulus Free. Formulus Free can come in handy whether you love or hate math. The free app helps you find formulas, so no more searching pages of your textbook to find the right one. They're all at your fingertips.


Free Books. Free Books costs $1.99, but all the books are free. Although you may not find the newest books in the application, it contains more than 23,000 books, including most of the classics you'll probably study in school. You are probably thinking, "Who can read the whole book on their iPhone?" Well, fear not. This application lets you e-mail the book to yourself. You can download and read it on your computer or notebook.


Going back to school can be an exciting and stressful time. Hopefully, some of these applications can help you get through another year of school. If you are looking for more great phone apps, check out this list of 75 phone applications that will save you money.


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