App Spotlight: November

Morgan McGrady



The top recommended apps for high school students.
Photo Courtesy of Gas Guru, TED, Duolingo and SAT Up
The top recommended apps for high school students.

It seems that there is an app for everything. From games to learning languages, there are no shortages of apps. As high schoolers, we can take advantage of the free apps that allows us to succeed in school, find cheap gas prices, learn a language, and listen to speakers from around the world.


Duolingo: Have you ever wanted to learn a language, but do not have a lot of time? No worries, Duolingo is a language learning app that allows users to pick from a variety of languages. From Spanish to Portuguese, world languages are at your fingertips. In a study conducted by the City University of New York and the University of South Carolina it was proven that 34 hours on Duolingo is equivalent to an 11 week college semester. Allowing users to set goals, and learn a language through fun interactive ways is an easy and effective way to learn a language at your own pace. Cost: Free, Rating: 4/5.

Gas Guru: For high school drivers finding the cheapest gas around is very important. With Gas Guru, finding that gas station with the cheapest gas is possible. Set up is very easy. All you need is to enter your zip code and a map will appear with nearby gas stations and their prices. Gas prices are then rated with best or good, depending on the prices. Cost: Free, Rating 3/5.

TED: There have been people that you have heard speak and they said something that made you think or even made an impact on your life. With this app, a variety of speakers are within a few clicks. From business experts, music legends and educators, it will be hard to find a TED talk that you do not find interesting. Only have a certain amount of time? You can search for talks that are within your time limit. With this app you can find a speaker who is inspiring, informative, and even funny. Using TED, you are able to become more aware of what is happening in the world and enjoy listening to topics you find interesting. Cost: Free, Rating: 4/5

SAT UP: The SAT is something that is dreaded by each high school student. Even worse than taking the long test is the studying. With this app, studying for the dreaded SAT can be anywhere your phone is. With a simple start up, you can be studying for the SAT within no time. SAT UP allows users to begin with a diagnostic test that takes less than 15 minutes. You are also able to set goals, take practice tests, review flashcards, and track your progress. For $4.99 per month users are able to upgrade to get unlimited questions, and twice as many vocabulary and customizable practice tests. Cost: Free, Rating 3/5