I remember when my cell phone only made calls. The new iPhone will still dial phone numbers, but it also runs 148 add-on applications with more than 35,000 total to choose from. With the iPhone students can now learn Spanish, practice their typing skills, and view priceless works of art. About a quarter of the applications, commonly known as “apps,” are free (others usually cost less than $10 each), so Apple users are taking full advantage, with approximately 10 million downloads so far.
Here I have compiled a few of my favorite apps, many of which are free, for the busy and wallet conscious student.
myHomework — keep track of homework, classes, projects and tests. Designed to resemble a notebook, complete with sticky notes. myHomework will notify you of upcoming assignments, easily identifying major priorities that are due soon.
Evernote — allows you to create text, audio notes and tag photos, making it easy to quickly check your class notes on the go or to snap a picture of a handout and send it straight to Evernote. This one’s a must-have.
Formulas Free — a stockpile of your favorite calculus formulas that always seem to slip your mind right when you need them.
Spanish Tutor — your own personal language lab, this app has audio for pronunciation, flash cards and quizzes, all to sharpen your skills en Espanol.
Typing Class — a fun way to hone your skills on the new era of software keyboard. Guarantees it will improve your iPhone typing skills in five hours or less.
Brain Tuner — presents you with 20 to 100 math problems and asks you whether the solutions provided are right or wrong. It times you and presents a score based on accuracy.
Art Lite – The free version of the Art app, Art Lite features the works of master artists including daVinci and Rembrandt, with bios, quick facts, and a virtual gallery of more than 100 works of art.
Facebook – it may not do much to boost your studying, but Facebook for the iPhone is a must-have to keep your social life rolling while you’re at school. The Facebook application is arguably one of the best-made apps available through the App Store, providing you with quick access to all of your social media needs.