Many college students today choose to let their “fingers do the walking”, but not through an old school Yellow Pages. Students are presently using various academic smart phone apps, both free and by purchase.
Not surprisingly, they're now finding that these mobile apps are most definitely modifying their studying, phone usage, and, really, their entire college experience.
Additionally, colleges and universities themselves have recently come up with customized apps for Blackberrys, iPhones, and Androids. However, as the mobile Internet continues to expand exponentially, students are relying more and more on other mobile apps and websites.
For example, many iPhone users currently enjoy apps like the app, which contains more than 250,000 words, as well as a thesaurus. Some other helpful features of this app include the listing of similarly spelled words, and the audio pronunciation option.
Another excellent organizational device exists in the form of the Things app for the iPhone. This is an excellent time management and prioritization tool. Further, both the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone utilize a Kindle app, which is a great way to keep required reading assignments and specific books right at your fingertips.. Although the e-books themselves require purchase, the app itself is free.
Next, the Read It Later app is also of great benefit, which permits one to take helpful or interesting websites, and then bookmark, download, and save, to read offline subsequently (and conveniently). Just great for research and note taking, right? Also, this list wouldn't be complete without mention of the iTalk, an excellent lecture recording application (although we should mention that research suggests that the very act of taking notes, in and of itself, helps to cement memories of what is heard).
Now, you don't need to own a Kindle to use Inkling, which provides some digital college textbooks on the iPad. This is also flexible, cheaper, more interactive, and more portable to use, instead of hauling a load of heavy textbooks around. Alternatively, you can also consider using iBooks, which has a wider selection of texts.
Next, when taking chemistry, many students will take advantage of Chemical Elements, an ingenious way of keeping track of the periodic table. Here, the elements can be accessed in various ways, by atomic number, alphabetically, or by chemical properties. Video is available as well. Additionally, of course, numerous applications for the college student exist for the ever-popular Twitter, one of which is called Tweetie, for the iPhone.
Another practical app is Microsoft OneNote, which we want to alert you, is now currently free for a trial period only. This app allows you to make lists and notes, and access your material from anywhere. You can also add and insert pictures, utilizing your camera. How very useful would this be in some science and med school classes?
Then, there is Google translate, which is also popular in the academic world, because it helps make learning a new language easier and a lot more fun. Voice input and language transfer are very important aspects of this particular app. Right now, the library contains up to fifty different languages, and continues to expand.
Some of the more popular apps in the college world consist of the voice recorder for the iPhone or iPad, known as Quick Voice, great for capturing ideas for your research paper. Next, GoodReader is a very superior iPad PDF reader. NoteEverything is another that allows you to assemble voice, text, and paint notes. Using this app, one can also employ Graphing Calculator, which turns an iPod or phone into an excellent scientific calculator and function plotter.
For a versatile word processor app, consider Pages. Not only do you write here, but you can also design. Then, don't forget your math needs. One noteworthy app for this discipline is MathType, a very comprehensive mathematical notation generator and equation editor.
Lastly, a list of all-purpose serious academic apps would have to include in Class, which is another way to organize your classes, schedule, and notes, and hopefully to improve your grades. Additionally, if you have a need for speech synthesis, a great tool is the Read 2 Me iPhone App.
We can see this being useful, even for very fast readers, for checking one’s comprehension of complex material, especially where foreign or difficult-to-pronounce scientific terms are involved. Finally, if you require such services, there's soundAMP, which is basically a hearing aid application that will privately and discreetly amplify your world. This could make selecting a seat in the rear of the classroom more practical.
Yes, these are just some of the more popular academic mobile applications that today's college students put to frequent use. There's a plethora of them out there, and the app landscape is ever expanding. It's all designed to help you more easily navigate the complicated academic world straight to your own success!

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