5 Apps for Back to School
With back to school just around the corner, parents and students are starting to think about school supplies. One thing you might not have considered is investing in some apps that can help make the school year a little smoother. There are a lot of great apps out there that can help students take notes, learn, and stay organized. This year, I recommend these five apps for every students heading back to school:
Flashcard apps are not new but Brainscape is a little different: it’s designed to double your learning speed. Using proven cognitive science, Brainscape paces the repetition of concepts so you can retain the information more effectively. Based on your rating of how well you know a concept, Brainscape determines the right time to quiz you again. This app not only makes learning fun but it also speeds it up and improves retention.
Learning mathematical concepts isn’t easy for everyone, especially as kids move through the higher grades of high school. For those who could use a little extra help, Photomath is a fantastic tool that lets students take a picture of problems and shows them the solution with step-by-step instructions on how to get there. It’s also great for parents who want to help their kids with their math homework but don’t remember the concepts as well as they’d like.
Evernote has been around for quite some time and for good reason: this note-taking app offers robust features that make taking notes and organizing them a breeze. With this app, students (and adults, for that matter) can take great notes, organize them within notebooks, and search them quickly. It also offers offline access, sharing, and collaboration features. If your child uses multiple devices, they can sync their notes across all of them making it easy to access notes anytime and anywhere. Some of these features are part of Evernote’s premium packages but they’re worth spending a few extra dollars.
Saving files and accessing them across devices can be challenging and while USB sticks offer a great solution, they’re easy to lose or forget and don’t give you access to your files on mobile devices. This is why I recommend a cloud solution like Google Drive, which allows you to upload and access all your files anywhere.
Paper planners have been a staple for students for many years, helping them to stay organized and remember to complete projects and assignments. These days, students can get the same benefits from their smartphones or tablets thanks to apps like MyHomework. This app allows students to track assignments and get reminders about due dates. The free version of this app gives students all the features but comes with some ads. For just $6.99 they can eliminate these ads.