Free apps to help you top the class

Students hoping to gain an educational advantage will find that there are countless applications for smart phones and tablets to choose from, these are some of the more useful and user-friendly


This handy little app is designed to make recording your lectures easy. It’s also the personal secretary you always knew you deserved – you can plug your class lists and assignments into a monthly calendar and receive notifications based on when certain tasks are due. Perks include a note-taking device separated by class name and a backup feature which allows you to transfer data to your computer for future use.Requirements: compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

WordWeb Dictionary

Where’s a dictionary when you need it? On your phone, ofcourse. The WordWeb English dictionary and thesaurus: fast searching, spelling suggestions, definitions, usage examples, synonyms, related words – all without the advertising. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later


In a post-Kindle world, you’d be hard pressed to find someone willing to cart around the complete, ginormous, ultra-heavy, multi-tome ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare’ – unless it’s a handy little app on your phone. The Shakespeare app allows you to store every single one of his plays and sonnets on your mobile and, even more conveniently to sift through them for a specific quote or scene that you need.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later


Unlike so many other apps out there, Astrid isn’t just a digital substitute for a scrap of paper. Just a few of its handy features include setting priorities, deadlines, adding descriptions, tagging and adding notes to items. The organisation is also second to none with the ability to separate your work, social and college life tasks. Sift through your data by title, date or priority. Requirements: Android 1.6 and up
Merriam Webster Dictionary

This one is for the Android aficionados. The Merriam Webster Dictionary is a popular choice online and now it could be on your smart phone too. For the unbeatable price of being ‘free’, you can tap into a vast and comprehensive data base, find another word to express yourself with their thesaurus and if you’re too lazy to type, there’s even a voice search function. Requirements: Android 1.6 and up Math Formulary
Can’t remember your formulas?

Whether you love math or you hate it but you still have to study it, this is the app for you. The developer promises that they have all the formulas you’ll need through school and into university. Be it basic arithmetic, algebra, analysis, geometry, trigonometry, analytical geometry or logic formulas, Math Formulary puts it all right there at your fingertips. Requirements: Android: 1.6 and up


Evernote barely needs this recommendation – it’s easily one of the most popular apps available today for Android. Billed as the ultimate note-taking tool, particularly because it helps you sync notes across multiple devices.

You can also record audio notes, store images, and keep all of this info well-organized with the help of notebooks and tags. Another great deal and it’s free. Requirements Android 1.6 and up

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