It probably would be wrong to say that today’s students have it easy, but they certainly have many more tools at their disposal than their predecessors from just ten years ago. There are all these cool apps for students and programs making difficult tasks clearer, entire websites dedicated to writing reviews of academic writing services, additional educational courses available for free. It is hard to imagine how we lived without them. So let’s take a look at five excellent apps for students that make the life of a modern young adults so much easier.
1. WolframAlpha (iOS, Android, Windows)
WolframAlpha feels as if it came straight out of future. Dubbed “Computational Knowledge Engine”, at a glance it looks like a normal search engine, but this impression is quickly dispelled when you start learning its capabilities. Holding over 10 trillion pieces of data and over 50,000 equations, it is capable of computing answers and producing reports on topics ranging from physics and mathematics to history and music, providing scientific data on a vague prompt, complete half-remembered aphorisms and much more. It doesn’t exactly function flawlessly yet, but even now its capabilities are more than impressive.
2. EasyBib (iOS, Android)
One of the most annoying, time-consuming, boring, the least creative, and still an incredibly important part of any research paper is compiling its bibliography. With the help of EasyBib you may forget it as a bad dream – or at least greatly reduce the amount of time, effort and brain cells you will have to waste doing it. It easily formats your literature list in any of more than 7,000 citation styles – you simply have to write the title of the book, and the app will do the rest. Moreover, you may simply take a photo of the book’s barcode, or enter the ISBN, and EasyBib will generate the citation in the necessary style all by itself.
3. Scribd (iOS, Android, Windows)
Scribd may not be free, but $8.99 a month is more than reasonable a price for the access to the constantly growing library of a million+ books, documents and audiobooks. During your college years you will need many books that probably won’t be necessary afterwards, so it is more than a viable alternative to buying them all separately. In addition to textbooks, here you may find fiction and even graphic novels, store books offline, transfer them between your phone, tablet and desktop, and much, much more.
4. Fast Scanner (iOS, Android)
Students probably have to deal with all kinds of papers, documents, copies and suchlike even more than secretaries; and Fast Scanner app can be a lifesaver when you have to quickly get a copy of a document or a page from a book. It uses your smartphone’s camera to scan a document and then converts then into PDFs you can easily use later or immediately e-mail to somebody who needs them.
5. Gojimo (iOS, Android)
Gojimo is an excellent way to prepare yourself to SAT, ACT, AP or IB tests and, unlike preparatory courses, it is completely free. It contains over 150,000 quiz questions accompanied with detailed answers dealing with all major subjects present in US and British educational systems. You don’t even need to be online all the time – download the app, and it will be available at any moment.
With all the awesome tools that are at hand, student’s life doesn’t necessarily get easier, but it is certainly more convenient than it was even a little while ago. With these and other similar apps you may forget about trivial mechanical tasks and concentrate on what is really important!
Good luck in studying and making the best of your apps for students.
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