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 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.
Developer: Dear Panda
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.
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.
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.
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.
Developer: Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
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.
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.
Developer: Caffiene Monster Software
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.
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.
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!
Developer: Merck KGaA
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!
Developer: Standard Nine Inc.
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.
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!
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.
Developer: Viet Tran
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.
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.
Developer: Febo Studio
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.