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1. Evernote

 What is Evernote?

 This is what I would consider to be the “bread and butter” application because it can literally help with any project including non-school related projects. Evernote at its most basic level is a note taking system that lets users create multiple notebooks and within the notebook, multiple notes. These notes can be created in three different formats: text, audio, or iSight (visual). This component is very important because it means you can create content faster and more easily depending on what type of information you need to remember. For example, users could take a picture of an item they need to buy, record audio reminders of important events, or make a simple grocery list; the possibilities are endless! For those who like to hoard information with lots of notes don’t worry about losing anything in the mess.  The program has a textual search feature and allows notes to be tagged by the user for immediate access to the right information. As far as using multiple device with the program, Evernote’s creators have built the app to be compatible with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad and wirelessly syncs between them so users don't have to worry about remember to connect their iPhone or iPad and update their notes. Additionally you can create your own account and access your notes using the Cloud. The Web Clipper feature of the app is extremely useful because you can save web information without making multiple bookmarks and you can use the sync to access bookmarks from your computer on your phone and vice versa. The Web Clipper feature is fully integrated with numerous web browsers including Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

How does this work for college students?

The most obvious uses of the program are for class notes, reminders, and assignments but as stated before the possibilities are endless. Take class notes on your computer and study them later on your phone, optimize your organization and never lose information using the textual search feature. Record reminders using the audio notes or take a picture of a book you need for class, with the right class, you may even be able to record lectures. Find the right uses of Evernote to suite your needs. 

The Price

Free, but a premium version is available for purchase at $5.00/month or $45.00/year this has many more features which are all available to read about on Evernote’s website.

2. iStudiez Pro 

What is iStudiez Pro?

Specifically designed for students, this app lets users keep track of their class schedule, class locations, contact information for Professors and TAs and their office hours, assignments, tests, grading and more. iStudiez Pro has a complete calendar view which displays classes as time chunks in each day and also saves information on the class building so you wont ever run late College LecturesCredit: ndsu.edutrying to remember which room to go to. The stored contact information is great for students who need tutoring or just to ask a quick question; it also holds their email address. Typing assignments into the program is a fast and easy way to ensure you don’t forget anything and you can even set up alerts to inform users of upcoming tests or due dates. The grading component is a simplistic way to calculate weighted grades over the course of the semester and updates itself as you input grade information. Like Evernote, iStudiez Pro integrates between the computer and the phone easily since the app has wireless sync and its own download from the App and iTunes Stores.

How does this work for college students?

Use any of the features described above easily since the app is created for college students.

The Price

There is a Lite version available with limited features which is free but the Pro version is easily worth the cost. The only problem is that you have to buy it separately from the App Store ($9.99 for the Mac version) and iTunes Store ($2.99 for the iPhone version) in order to have accessibility on your phone and computer. However, don’t be discouraged by the price, this product has consistently been ranked in the top 10th of the App Store Productivity Category.

3. iBooks

What is iBooks ?

True to its title, iBooks is an app that allows users to read e-books on their device as well as PDF 


files and books purchased from the in-app Book Store that has over 200,000 titles. The program has built in dictionary and Wikipedia for easy reference access and you can download any book you need if available using the Book Store feature. When used with the app Voice Over, users can hear the books read aloud while following along with the text which makes for faster, more efficient reading. Lastly, iBooks has an easy page navigation feature so users never lose their place or have to search.

Hours of ReadingCredit: cottoncandy4thesoul.blogspot.comHow does this work for college students?

Reading is an essential part of college and with a full course load it can add up to hours and hours of reading. This app can help cut down the work by letting students complete reading on-the-go and helps them read faster with greater retention if they integrate the audio component of the text.In that sense users could even listen to text by itself as extra preparation while walking to class. The Voice Over feature would also be great for learning languages since users could hear how the language sounds as they read the words. Buying books through the Book Store would save money since e-books are usually cheaper than hard copies and students would never have to worry about availability. Finally, since most teachers are putting reading assignments online as PDFs, the compatibility of the app increases the amount of required reading you can complete with iBook’s features.

The Price

Free. iBooks comes standard with all iPhones and iPads and is considered an essential app. The e-book prices range from $0.99 to $19.99 depending on content but the pricing is generally the same as that of the Kindle or on the Amazon E-Book Store.

4. FlashCardlet

 What is FlashCardlet?

 Flash cards have always been considered an excellent study tool. Personally, I think I have an addiction to them for how many I end up making each year at school. This app is perfect for people like me because it saves time and energy and still gives the same benefits. Users can create their own flashcards with text, pictures, and audio and move all of the information seamlessly between your computer and phone. There is customizable font size, font color, and background color to optimize users visual retention and allows flash cards to be marked if they need to be reviewed again. All of this data is kept track of by FlashCardlet so you can see exactly what you know and what you don’t based on the which flash cards you marked. Also, there’s a textual search feature so content is always easy to find and doesn’t get lost in the mess.

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 Clearly the application is obvious since flash cards are an amazing way to study. It’s true this method doesn’t work for all people, they say they need pictures or sounds. But, FlashCardlet has all of those things so even for visual or auditory learners this software helps them convert text into knowledge faster. Time is everything in college and there never seems to be enough; this is definitely more efficient than writing out cards or even typing and printing them. The visual component can be used for memorizing pieces of art, certain graphs or charts, or, in the case of language, simple words. The audio component easily applies to music and language classes but there are numerous ways to use it. And of course, this allows you to study wherever you go, without having to carry the cards around or have any inconvenience at all.


$1.99 but there are also many free and “lite” versions of applications very similar to this one; however, not all of these other apps will have the full range of features as this one and for a couple bucks this seems very worth it. 

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