15 Essential iPad Apps for Students

Student life can be daunting; assessments, deadlines, classes, exams and maybe even a social life. It doesn’t have to be this difficult though. The iPad is naturally a great productivity tool and, loaded with the right apps, it can be your best weapon for surviving education.

Most of these apps cost less than a pint of your favourite beer and will increase your productivity leaps and bounds, saving you countless hours of otherwise wasted time. Start reading now and learn how to ensure you never miss a deadline again!

CourseNotes for iPad

CourseNotes for iPad

CourseNotes

CourseNotes puts an end to unorganised, illegible notes. Use your iPad to create notes, sketches and ToDo items and become the organised envy of your classmates.

Review your notes at any time easily using the powerful search function and, if you’re feeling generous, share your notes via email or Facebook with those who missed class.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Dear Panda

iThoughtsHD for iPad

iThoughtsHD for iPad

iThoughtsHD

Writing essays and revision just got easier with iThoughtsHD. Make simple or detailed mind maps to spread out your knowledge in an easy to read (and colourful!) manner which works great with the iPad’s large screen.

It’s so simple to create your own mind map using iThoughtsHD and the extras it offers are truly amazing. Modify every aspect of your map and when you’re done you can even export it to countless desktop applications, not that you’ll want to as mindmapping on an iPad just feels so natural.

Price: $9.99
Developer: CMS

GoodReader for iPad

GoodReader for iPad

GoodReader

As a student you will notice an increasing number of documents being emailed your way, which is why GoodReader makes a great companion. GoodReader will open pretty much every file you throw at it but that’s not all.

What makes GoodReader great is the way it makes handling, reading and annotating documents so much easier. It even has a night reading mode, perfect for those bedtime revision sessions.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Good.iWare

Evernote for iPad

Evernote for iPad

Evernote

Simply, Evernote is an app to store text, images and audio. Combine this, however, with its great sync function, its ease of use and the countless applications for a student and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful app.

Use Evernote to save those important emails, to store your timetable or snap a photo of that spontaneously doodled idea in the back of your friends notebook. Let Evernote remember all the boring stuff and give your brain a well deserved break.

Price: Free
Developer: Evernote

iStudiez Pro for iPad

iStudiez Pro for iPad

iStudiez Pro

iStudiez Pro is both a gorgeous and functional app which takes timetable management to the next level. Simply enter the times of your classes once and consider your schedule managed for the rest of the semester.

iStudiez Pro alerts you to when you have a class, when an assignment is due and when you (finally) get a holiday. What sets iStudiez Pro apart from other timetable managers is its amazing design and flawless synchronisation between your iOS devices and Mac.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

Papers for iPad

Papers for iPad

Papers

Papers is, hands down, the best way to do your research. Search for publications within the app from a number of well known sources such as PubMed or Google Scholar and download them right to your iPad. But don’t stop there!

Organise, rate, highlight and annotate to bring those papers to life. Wrapped up in a beautiful design, Papers ensures you always have your entire research library right by your side.

Price: $14.99
Developer: mekentosj.com

Timeli for iPad

Timeli for iPad

Timeli

It’s all well and good knowing when an assignment is due, but what about when you have multiple projects on the go? Step up, Timeli.

Timeli allows you to set the duration for a project, which, combined with the iPad’s intuitive interface, allows you to pinch and slide your way around your schedule to see when you should start that next assignment. With Timeli, you can see how busy you are (or should be) at a mere glance, an important addition to any project planner’s arsenal.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Caffiene Monster Software

Pomodoro App for iPad

Pomodoro App for iPad

Pomodoro for iPad

For those not familiar with the Pomodoro Technique, it involves working for intervals of 25 minutes with a 5 minute break. Perfect for students who find themselves easily distracted whilst working at a computer.

This Pomodoro app does all the timing for you and comes packaged with a great UI, task list and the all important ticking sound, which unexplainably increases concentration.

Price: $5.99
Developer: Codenauts

Dictionary.com for iPad

Dictionary.com for iPad

Dictionary.com – Dictionary and Thesaurus

Dictionaries are heavy. So why carry one around when you can have a dictionary and a thesaurus on your iPad?

This dictionary app requires no Internet connection, perfect for when you’re just out of reach of Wi-Fi. With multitasking you can quickly navigate to the app, type in your word, get its definition and multitask back in seconds. Think of all that time you will save by not flicking through countless pages of those old fashioned, paper dictionaries.

Price: Free
Developer: Dictionary.com

Merck PTE HD for iPad

Merck PTE HD for iPad

Merck PTE HD

There comes a point in every student’s life where a need for a periodic table arises. But unless you are a chemist it is unlikely you are going to want to spend too much on one.

Merck PTE is both free and highly functional. Containing pretty much everything you need to know about every element, from when it was discovered to its atomic mass, you could say Merck PTE makes the period table fun. Throw in the fact that this app is visually stunning and it makes you wonder how it’s even possible paid periodic table apps are still able to exist!

Price: Free
Developer: Merck KGaA

Inkling for iPad

Inkling for iPad

Inkling

Inkling is fast becoming an absolute must for students. This app allows you to download a textbook to your iPad and includes the usual annotation functions such as highlighting, making notes and the ability to share those notes with friends.

Like dictionaries, textbooks are heavy. Being able to download a textbook to a device like the iPad makes it much easier to study on the move. But this still isn’t the greatest feature; for me, that is the ability to download single chapters. This is an absolutely amazing feature which can save you money! No more paying for vast textbooks when you only really need a handful of chapters!

Price: Free
Developer: Standard Nine Inc.

Dropbox for iPad

Dropbox for iPad

Dropbox

Nearly everyone has heard of Dropbox, for a good reason, it’s great! But Dropbox is an absolute essential for students, let me tell you why.

Put all your student work in to Dropbox and you have a secure backup of all your documents, this is so important when you are working on lengthy essays! By doing this however, it also means you have access to all your work on your iPad, a great revision tool or perfect for showing your classmates something on the fly.

Price: Free
Developer: Dropbox

OmniFocus for iPad

OmniFocus for iPad

OmniFocus

While it’s the only app on this list which doesn’t fit in with a student budget, Omnifocus offers professional-grade task management which is second to no other app.

Omnifocus can make getting things done as detailed as you want to make it. From contexts to start dates, this app has it all. What sets Omnifocus apart from other ToDo apps is its forecast view, which allows you to view upcoming tasks by the day. Also ’contexts’ are great for seeing what needs to be done and where. Travelling past Mr Smith’s office? Get an alert reminding you to drop off your overdue assignment pronto!

Price: $39.99
Developer: OmniGroup

Notes Plus for iPad

Notes Plus for iPad

Notes Plus

There are many iPad note taking apps out there which utilise handwriting input, but Notes Plus excels at this. With the handy “close-up writing mode” it is possible to quickly scribble down notes without needing to move your hand all over the screen, which in some apps leaves unwanted lines all over the place.

Notes Plus earns the plus in its name by including sound recording, drawing recognition, typed text notes, easy editing, document organisation and complete customisation over your notes. It makes writing notes on paper look like something from the stone age.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Viet Tran

Articles for iPad

Articles for iPad

Articles

Articles is an elegant Wikipedia reader which makes reading Wikipedia feel a lot less like a chore. This is of course very useful for students as most of your time will, without a doubt, be spent on Wikipedia researching.

Articles isn’t just an elegant reader, it also offers functionality superior to browsing Wikipedia on Safari. For instance save and organise your most referred to articles or use the quick lookup tool to quickly find content within articles throughout Wikipedia.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Sophiestication

MultiPong for iPad

MultiPong for iPad

Bonus: Multipong

Remember that social life I mentioned earlier? Well if you are indeed one of the lucky ones who manages to juggle a social life with your work then this app is great for a quick break from all the hard work.

Multipong offers up to 4 player multiplayer. It isn’t your standard paddle and ball game however. Power ups and a variety of frantic game modes makes this app perfect for killing some time with friends.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Febo Studio

Conclusion

If you’re ready to take education in to the 21st century then these apps are a must. It really is possible to greatly increase your productivity with less than a folder full of apps.

Not only will these apps increase your productivity, but some, such as Inkling will actually save you money. All the others will save you time and effort, a currency of limited availability during your education.


  • http://cansurmeli.com C@N

    Really great post. Just what I needed.

    I’ve been using some of them but the others will be a great helping hand for my studies.

    Thanks a lot James. :))

  • BryanG

    I’m starting back in school this Fall and wondered if anyone’s had experience with textbooks on the iPad. Are professors generally accepting of this in the classroom? It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a traditional classroom setting so maybe this is the norm rather than the exception? Thanks for the article!

  • Devon

    I think it differs with each professor, check the syllabus to see if laptops and/or tablets can be used in class. If the syllabus isn’t clear, ask the teacher directly. I’ve had teachers who claim to be “into technology” but hated laptops in the classrooms.

  • http://iqpakk.com iQpakk

    Those are some great apps! I struggle with the note taking applications because an iPad doesn’t come with a stylus and you need to buy an expensive one to get an actual handwriting action. The other apps look interesting and I will be looking for them when I go to college this fall.

  • http://lightarrow.com Adi Mishra

    We went beyond education and took the approach of making the LifeTopix app a COMPLETE life organization app, where many aspects of your life are connected together. That way you do not need the clutter of a dozen or more separate apps that are disconnected from one another in order to manage a calendar, to-dos, tasks, projects, trips, shopping, events, education, assignments, health, finances, assets, notes, files, bookmarks, people, services… you get the point! We think it is definitely worth taking a look at for a list such as this: http://lightarrow.com
    Best regards,
    Adi

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  • http://www.vetsci.co.uk James Watts

    Some good news, Timeli is now free. Get it quick before the price goes back up!

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  • med student

    I use the iPad for all of my textbooks. iAnnotate is great because it can handle the high density of textbooks while also letting me write, type, highlight, strike through, pretty much anything I would do to a normal textbook. It saves me the back ache of carrying normal textbooks around. Definitely worth it

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