Back to school: Our favorite student apps

Back to school: Our favorite student apps

Summer season is coming to an finish, which suggests college students will (hopefully) be in air-conditioned school rooms and away from this unrelenting warmth wave. It additionally signifies that they’re most likely on the hunt for cell apps that may assist put together them for the lengthy faculty yr.

From math drawback solvers and note-taking instruments to e-book trackers and abstract apps, we’ve compiled an inventory of our favourite academic and organizational apps for college students to do that yr.


For those who’re the kind of scholar to attend till the final minute to learn a e-book (we’ve all been there), then we advocate StoryShots, a free studying app that gives e-book summaries in textual content, audio and video codecs.

StoryShots breaks down a e-book into bite-size moments, giving the reader a couple of paragraphs that sum up an important factors. The app could also be helpful for college students who need to find out about a sure subject in a well timed method, notably for upcoming exams or a looming deadline. Plus, it’s helpful for visible learners because the app supplies infographics, thoughts maps, shows and brief movies.

StoryShots gives over 400 books, ranging in numerous genres like psychology, productiveness, well being & health, historical past, politics, advertising and marketing, spirituality & faith, and extra. Examples of best-selling books on the app embody A Promised Land by Barack Obama, A Transient Historical past of Time by Stephen Hawking and Lengthy Stroll to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, amongst others. StoryShots provides two to 4 books to its library each month.

(Be aware that this isn’t a summarizing device for textbooks — though it will be good if it have been.)

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The app is free with adverts; nevertheless, there’s additionally a paid model for $3.99 per 30 days that offers customers quite a lot of premium options, together with offline studying, full ebooks and audiobooks, the flexibility to focus on and take notes, together with books in a number of languages.

Accessible to obtain on iOS and Android gadgets.


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Because the identify suggests, Essayist helps college students compose essays. The iOS app can robotically apply quotation kinds, together with APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian and Harvard. Essayist additionally assists with formatting in-text citations, references, web page headers/footers and title pages, in addition to web page setup like font, font dimension, line spacing, alignment, web page numbering and extra.

Essayist has a reference supervisor characteristic that enables college students to incorporate chapters from books, journals, magazines, web sites and even motion pictures. There are greater than 25 reference sorts in complete. Additionally, customers can use Google Scholar so as to add references or copy and paste a URL.

Essayist requires a subscription, which prices $4.99 per 30 days or $29.99 per yr. New customers get a free trial.


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Photomath is a math-solving app that scans issues and shows a step-by-step answer to show college students how you can clear up troublesome equations. Customers level their digital camera at a math drawback (both handwritten on paper or typed out) and the app sends the picture to cloud servers to investigate and decide the reply. There’s additionally an in-app calculator if customers need to enter the query manually.

We discovered that Photomath was easy to make use of and produced outcomes rapidly. One downside is that the free model solely reveals the primary two or three steps. Customers can unlock the remainder of the reply with a subscription, Photomath Plus, which prices $9.99 per 30 days or $69.99 yearly. There’s a 7-day free trial.

Moreover, Photomath Plus consists of options from tons of of textbooks so customers can seek for a query as a substitute of scanning. There’s additionally a characteristic that helps college students visualize every step with animated tutorials and supplies voice-overs.

We will see this being a useful useful resource for college students to verify their homework and follow issues earlier than submitting the fabric. Nonetheless, it needs to be stated that some college students might use the app to “cheat” or use it as a shortcut as a substitute of attempting to unravel the issue themselves.

Customers can obtain the app on the App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.


Bookly is a monitoring and administration app that helps customers to remain on high of their studying targets. Customers can arrange what number of books they need to learn in a month/yr and the way a lot time they need to learn per day. They’ll additionally set up an finish date objective for every e-book, so college students can extra successfully sustain with deadlines and assignments.

Readers add books to their library by both scanning the ISBN, looking out on-line or including the e-book manually (variety of pages, title, creator). There’s an in-app timer for customers to faucet after they’ve began studying for the day and a countdown primarily based on their targets. As an illustration, if a consumer desires to learn 20 minutes per day, Bookly will notify the consumer when the time is up. Customers can even manually log a studying session in the event that they neglect to make use of the timer.

Moreover, Bookly generates studying stats, comparable to complete learn time, variety of pages learn, studying pace, what number of days a consumer reads in a row, studying streak and extra. Bookly supplies a PDF abstract of all the information added for every e-book, so college students can obtain studying stories and infographics to undergo their academics.

We will see this being a useful app for educators to maintain college students accountable for weekly studying necessities. It can be a good way to spark wholesome competitors amongst classmates. For instance, whoever reads essentially the most per class or faculty yr will get a prize (or possibly simply bragging rights).

Different notable options embody the flexibility to play ambient sounds whereas studying and a notes part to write down down ideas or file essential quotes. Bookly additionally acts as a private assistant by sending each day reminders to encourage the consumer to get their studying finished for the day.

Whereas the app is free to obtain on iOS and Android gadgets, it additionally gives a paid model—Bookly Professional. The plan permits readers so as to add a vast variety of books and supplies entry to extra ambient sound choices, amongst different options. The free model solely lets customers have as much as 10 titles of their assortment, however there’s additionally an choice to delete books in the event that they run out of area. Bookly Professional prices $4.99 for one month, $19.99 for six months and $39.99 for 12 months.


Peech is a text-to-speech reader that turns any textual content file, PDF, e-book or net article into audio. The idea of a text-to-speech generator alone is sufficient to make a multitasker completely satisfied. We will additionally see this being utilized by college students who need to get some assigned studying finished whereas commuting to high school or strolling to class. Peech is also helpful for individuals with dyslexia, low-vision, amongst different circumstances that make it troublesome to learn.

There are a number of methods to hearken to content material, whether or not or not it’s copying and pasting textual content immediately into the app, importing information, inserting a URL and even scanning a textbook with a telephone digital camera. Notably, it’s out there in 50 languages, so college students can learn materials from their international language lessons.

Along with the free model, Peech customers will pay $4.99 every week to add as many paperwork, PDFs or hyperlinks to articles as they need. The app is just out there on iOS gadgets.


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Evernote is a note-taking and task-management app that could possibly be helpful for college students seeking to keep organized all yr lengthy.

Our favourite half about Evernote is that it supplies numerous templates for various wants, comparable to class notes, essay outlines, to-do lists, studying lists, weekly planners and extra. Customers can manage their notes in digital “notebooks,” which lets college students simply categorize their paperwork primarily based on the particular class or semester. Evernote additionally has a characteristic that enables customers to embed photographs, tables, audio, net content material and extra.

Different options embody with the ability to retailer emails on the dashboard, scanning paperwork, sketching on a scratch pad and establishing a calendar. Additionally, the app has integrations comparable to Google Drive, Slack, Outlook, MS Groups and Gmail, which is useful for collaborating on group tasks.

Evernote is at the moment testing an AI characteristic, “AI Be aware Cleanup,” that may rapidly sift by means of “scattered notes” and manage them right into a extra refined model that’s simple to learn.

Evernote gives a free plan with fundamental options, in addition to two premium tiers — Private and Skilled. The Private plan is $7.99 a month and provides customers extra storage, a extra personalized house dashboard and extra. The Skilled plan prices $9.99 per 30 days and gives as much as 20 GB month-to-month uploads.

Accessible on the App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.


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Saturn is a calendar-based, social networking app for top schoolers. At the moment, it’s solely out there on iOS gadgets.

The free app is for college students 13 years or older (ninth by means of twelfth grade) to share class schedules with classmates, manage membership conferences/sports activities follow/events, uncover native occasions, chat with others and handle their calendars.

Saturn says it’s engaged on launching experiences for non-high faculty customers, as properly.

If a consumer allows notifications, they’ll get a reminder of what their schedule seems to be like for the subsequent day. Additionally they obtain alerts all through the day, reminding them of lunchtime, breaks and upcoming lessons. College students can even get a private countdown for every class interval.

To join Saturn, college students should enter their highschool to affix the remainder of their friends. Solely college students who go to that one faculty can view the profiles of others who additionally attend. Nonetheless, the exclusivity could also be irritating to some if a selected faculty isn’t out there on the app. There are at the moment 16,000 faculties on Saturn.

Total, Saturn looks as if it’s useful for a lot of college students who need to handle their time higher in addition to keep related with their buddies and neighborhood.

Extra academic apps for college students to attempt:

  • Libby: library studying app the place college students can borrow free ebooks and digital audiobooks
  • Grammarly: grammar verify device
  • Kahoot!: game-based studying platform
  • Quizlet: studying app that enables customers to create flashcards and entry expert-written options
  • ClassDojo: communication app for college students, academics and fogeys
  • Newsela: supply for articles about present occasions at an age-appropriate studying stage
  • Brainly: peer-to-peer homework app


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