Mobile Apps for Homework, Study, and Research

We are nearing the end of the fall 2013 semester; it is time to complete final exams, papers, and presentations!

You may be one of those people who is equipped with a smart device that all-too-often keeps you from being productive. You may also be one of those people scouring the internet for study-related memes like these(instead of actually studying):

So while you already have your face buried in your iPhone or Kindle Fire, for instance, why not put it to good use?

Here’s a select list of some of the best and most frequently used native applications for writing/citing, studying, and research.

Chegg Flashcards

Free

Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

  • Chegg Flashcards allows you to easily create flashcards for any subject using your mobile device
CliffsNotes

Free

Requirements: iOS

  • With this iOS app, you can now study for those literature tests on your phone. Access character and theme analyses, plot summaries and interactive quizzes with in-app purchases.
Dictionary.com

Free

Requirements: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, Nook

  • Sometimes you need help understanding some of the more complex words being tossed around in your textbooks and required readings. Dictionary.com’s app makes that task easier with voice activated search.
Dropbox

Free

Requirements: Multiple Platforms

  • Dropbox Mobile helps you keep your documents, photos, and videos in one easily accessible place. You can also use pictures taken on your phone in reports or slideshows without having to email them to yourself first.
Easy Bib

Free

Requirements: iOS and Android

  • EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. You can create citations by scanning a book or barcode, or by typing the name of the book.
Evernote Peek

Free

Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later, compatible with iPad.

  • Evernote Peek is a fun way to study for an upcoming quiz using your iPad. You can either use an iPad 2 Smart Cover or a virtual cover option to begin testing yourself on a series of questions using a clue.
  • This free app is perfect for large-scale research projects as it lets you take notes, store documents, snap photographs and record audio. Additionally, this app lets you sync between all capable devices.
  • Get Evernote, the note-taking app for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. Not only can you clip web pages, share and sync all your notes, you can also keep your research notes about a topic across various sources in one location.
Graphing Calculator

$1.99

Requirements: iOS and Windows

  • This app turns your phone or iPod into an intuitive high-resolution function plotter and scientific calculator.
iTunes U

Free

Requirements: iOS

  • iTunes U is an often underrated Apple service that provides high quality educational content for free. The app provides access to complete courses from leading universities and schools at no cost, allowing you to learn from the best institutes in the world at your own pace.
Scribd

Free

Requirements: iOS and Android

  • Scribd is the world’s largest document-sharing library with millions of books and documents in its database. And with the Scribd app for iOS and Android, you can easily access this vast library anywhere. Find notes, texts, and study guides shared by users around the world, including Random House, the New York Times, the World Bank and President Obama, and share them with your friends.
Share Your Board

Free

Requirements: Android

  • Share Your Board allows you to take a picture of the whiteboard at the front of the classroom and save those notes for later. The app adjusts the white balance so the picture is easy to see. Now you don’t have to rush to scribble down notes that will later be illegible.
StudyBlue

Free

Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Android

  • StudyBlue allows you to make digital flashcards and flip through them while getting feedback on what you know. Using the app’s study filters you can weed out concepts you’ve mastered and review questions you answered incorrectly. Each flashcard can contain text and pictures and you have the option of creating your own or using a classmate’s.  StudyBlue also allows you to set reminders for tests that are coming up so you remember to start reviewing class material. If your friends or classmates have the app, you can message them questions or collaborate virtually.
Ted Talks

Free

Requirements: iOS and Android

  • The Ted Talks iOS app for the popular lecture series offers access to more than 1,400 TEDTalk videos on subjects ranging from tech and science to education and music. Download full videos to your device to watch them whenever you want; curate your own playlists; and search and discover videos based on theme and popularity.

Sources + Resources:

Mobile Apps (Berkeley Law Library)

HigherEdTechDecisions

Laptop Mag

Mobile Apps for Research and Study (Rutgers)

pit.edu/blog

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