Whether you’re in college, high school, or elementary school, you want to get the most out of your education. Fortunately, this is one of the areas in which the iPhone excels. A variety of apps are available to help you stay organized, brush up on math, study chemistry, learn Spanish, and much more. Best of all, most of them are free or very inexpensive. In this article, I’ll review some of the apps that can really help you make the grade!
A trusted educational ally
These are just a few of my favorite apps for students and teachers who want to tap into the mobile learning trend. The iPhone is a trusted and increasingly important ally in my own education. I’m confident that, with time, many others will discover how the iPhone can help them become more successful students.
Se Habla Español? If you don’t, and you’ve signed up for Spanish this year, you might want to download this great app from 24/7digital. Free Spanish Tutor includes audio pronunciations for all the words in its database, as well as manual and automatic flash cards, multiple-choice quizzes, write-in tests, and more. I found the flash cards helpful in getting some words nailed down, but I really liked the interactive nature of the three quizzes.
Free Spanish Tutor
- Free; High school and college
Whether you’re taking a high school chemistry class or you’re a chem. major in college, you’ll need to know the Periodic Table of Elements inside and out. The Chemical Touch will help you remember mass, density, melting point, atomic weight, and more for each chemical. The commercial version has advanced information more suited for college level chemistry, but the free version is useful as well. The Chemical Touch is a solid reference app that will help you succeed in chemistry.
The Chemical Touch
- (Free Lite version also available)
- HS and college
Need to brush up on basic math skills? TimesTables can help you. The free version goes up to 6 x 6; the commercial version to 12 x 12. It will say the equation out loud and wait for you to enter the answer on the keypad. The timed math game gives you a good workout—the faster you can answer questions correctly, the better your score. This is a great app for young students learning multiplication.
- $0.99 (Free ver. available)
- Grade school
- Rob Clarke
This amazing app helps you keep track of your classes and homework—what’s due and when. You can record assignment details, including its title, type, due date, and more. There’s even a place to keep notes about the assignment. I’ve been using iHomework to organize my time as I started work on my PhD dissertation. I love its ability to keep information about my professors; that really helps when I need to clarify class information and homework assignments.
Although it was designed for students, this app can also function as a superb organizer for anyone in business. It’s more powerful than other to-do list organizers I’ve seen, and a business person could use it to track tasks and organize contacts. For students, it’s a great app for those in high school, college, or graduate school.
- HS, college, and Grad level
- Paul Pilone
Whether you’re in a lecture hall or studying in the library, Take A Note makes it easy to type out a quick note, snap a photo, make and save a quick sketch, or even capture a short voice memo. You can protect your notes with a password to keep them safe. The app allows you to access your notes from a WebDAV-enabled Mac or PC connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can also send your notes to your professors or fellow students as an e-mail attachment. The one thing I found missing was the ability to capture and share video notes. I hope this will be added to a future version of Take A Note.
Take A Note
- HS, college, and Grad
- Igor Zhadanov
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.” It’s great to have Shakespeare at your fingertips, whether you’re studying British Lit in high school or taking an advanced seminar on his tragedies in college. This simple but solid app from Readdle contains all of his plays as well as his sonnets and poems. It even has a search feature; type in “a rose” and it comes back with “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.” Tap on the quote and you’re taken directly to Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene II. Unfortunately, you do have to scroll down a bit to get to the actual quote; I wish the search function was just a tad more accurate. Otherwise, this app is a real time saver. Do yourself a favor and check out this or any of the apps from Readdle.
Put Shakespeare in your pocket
- HS and college
- Igor Zhadanov
Do you ever wonder what you can do about global warming? My Carbon helps you determine your personal carbon footprint, the first step in developing a strategy to lower it. I’ve been using this app for some time now and I have found myself more conscious about how much electricity I use, whether I have my foot on the gas peddle when I’m going down hill, and much more. This app really makes you think.
My Carbon: Measure your “carbon footprint”
- all grade levels
- CarbonCounts LLC