Our App Choice Spotlight

Aidan Ochalek

Student taking advantage of BYOD policy for the school.
Aidin Ochalek
Student taking advantage of BYOD policy for the school.

It seems that every year classes are getting more challenging than the last.  Fortunately, we live in the era where anything you want to know is right at your fingertips.  Both Apple and Android phones provide dozens of programs and apps for students that can be very informative and useful if you want to boost your studying process.  Everyone probably knows plenty of applications that fit his or her needs most, but there are still some mobile apps no student should live without.  Here is a list of the best applications.

EasyBib– Creating a citation can very difficult when writing an essay.  EasyBib eliminates that problem, all you have to do is scan a book’s barcode or type in the name of the book.  This will create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds.  Cost: Free, Rating: 3.7/5

Google Docs- This app allows you to create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from your phone.  You will never worry about losing your work; everything is automatically saved as you type.  Cost: Free, Rating: 4.1/5

Mathway–   Math homework may be quite challenging, especially when your class notes camt helping you understand how to do a problem.  It is so easy to get stuck trying to find the right answer.  Luckily, Mathway solves this dilemma for you.  Mathway will show you the answer to any problem. This will help you understand what the problem wants you to do.  Cost: Free unless you buy the full subscription ($99.99/ year), Rating: 4.2/5

SparkNotes– This one is great for those who are in English and have to write papers on things they’ve read. SparkNotes will provide you with information about every character, plot, or theme, as well as summaries of every book you read.  After they read the book this will help students better understand difficult books that are very confusing.  Cost: Free, Rating: 3.5/5

RealCalc Scientific Calculator-The name of this application perfectly describes it’s features and functions.  If you forget your calculator it could be a real problem, especially if you have lots of homework that day.  But, if you have this application installed on your phone there is no need to worry.  You can simply use this app as a substitute for a scientific calculator.  Cost: Free (The plus version is $3.49), Rating: 4.5/5

Wolfram Alpha– This is probably the best app out there for students.  It has virtually any answer you could possibly want.  The app includes: mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, materials (minerals, alloys), engineering, weather, geography, history, etc.  I would be surprised if you had a question Wolfram Alpha couldn’t answer.  Cost: $2.99, Rating: 4.6/5