Best Apps for Adult Students

Robyn Tellefsen | June 26, 2013

best apps for adult studentsWhen you’re going back to school as an adult, it’s important to bring the tools you’ll need to succeed. But today’s top tools won’t fit into your old pencil case – they’re right on your smartphone, tablet, and computer. Check out some of the best apps to help you stay organized as an adult student and get to the head of the class. Note: All of these apps are FREE and are available for iOS and Android devices.

Dictionary.com
You can’t tote a complete dictionary to class, but you can bring the dictionary – and thesaurus – to you with this top app. Not only does Dictionary.com boast voice-activated search, it also says words aloud when you tap the speaker icon. And once you’ve downloaded the app, you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to access all the words you’ll ever need.

Evernote
Is there anything this ubiquitous app can’t do? Students love Evernote because they can take notes right on their mobile device and access from them any device or computer they use, and share their work with classmates and professors, too. It’s not just for note taking, either – you can use Evernote for word processing, voice recording, snapshots, you name it. Evernote is also a great app for organizing your research for long-term projects.

StudyBlue
Ditch the flashcards you used in grade school and go digital with StudyBlue Flashcards. Not only can you make your own flashcards, study guides, and quizzes with this app, you can also share them with your classmates. Use the app to create a study schedule, set reminders before exams, and get quiz feedback so you can focus on the material you haven’t mastered. Tip: Connect your StudyBlue and Evernote accounts to get the most out of each app.

Dropbox
At first glance, Dropbox looks a lot like Evernote – both offer cloud storage so you can access your stuff anywhere – but the difference comes in what you can store, and how much. Dropbox enables you to backup, sync, and share all your files (so you get a lot more storage), while Evernote is intended for, well, notes. But both are invaluable tools for the mobile adult student, eliminating the need to carry around those easily misplaced flash drives.

Trello
Do you dread group projects? Take note: Trello offers a grownup way to collaborate with classmates without the nagging and the stress. This app offers the ultimate in project management, where you can assign tasks, create deadlines, and even collaborate in real time. Trello allows you to assign a label to each group member and filter responsibilities to that person. Plus, changes made in the app are instantly updated, so all members of the group receive up-the-minute notifications.

JiWire Wi-Fi Finder
Busy adult students need to connect to the Internet wherever they go, but how do you know which locations offer access? Enter Wi-Fi Finder, an app that tracks down hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. It also lets you know which signals are free and which are paid, saving you time, money, and lots of headaches.

MyScript Calculator
Even if you’ve been keeping up your math skills over the years, you’ll still need a good calculator to carry you through the rigors of college coursework. MyScript Calculator is one of the coolest and most intuitive apps we’ve seen, because it performs mathematical operations in real time using your own handwriting. You can even scratch out mistakes to easily delete numbers and symbols, offering an excellent combination of the written and digital worlds.

Quickoffice
Need to create or edit a Microsoft Office document, spreadsheet, or presentation on the go? No problem. Quickoffice, which is now part of Google, gives you access to your files even when there’s no computer around. Note: The iPad app is free for Google Apps for Business subscribers; everyone else has to use Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) or Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99).

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