Both students and parents can often feel the stress of heading back to school. Smartphones can be a helpful resource for students trying to get back into an educational mindset. We picked these helpful back-to-school apps that can make everything from planning to studying a little less stressful this school year.
This is a studying, fun and interacting fun app for students and parents to use. They have ready to play games for teachers to make for students using virtual flashcards. With these flashcards, you can answer practice questions, test yourself, and play games with your friends or classmates for some good competitive learning. This is an app for school-age children as well as students seeking higher education in college. Kahoot! app is a free downloadable app (but an upgrade or premium version is available) on android and iOs.
This is a mobile notification system that tracks children’s school bus. The app updates the drop off times for their children via cell phone. It is updated with a “Remind” notification on your phone for delays, unforeseen events, weather, and traffic that would interrupt there bus route for your children. This advanced app is free to download on android and iOs. Photo source: play.google.com
Retail Me Not
For parents and students, saving money on school supplies, bills and the occasional pizza is essential and can provide personal economic skills. This app can apply vouchers, coupon codes and more when you shop online. You can even receive cash back on some deals. For android and iOs. Photo source: play.google.com
It’s sometimes (okay, most of the time) difficult to get teenagers to wake up for school. Sleep is very important to their school work. Plenty of sleep keeps them focused and improves the grades. This app monitors sleeping patterns and can even wake you up when you are in a light sleep stage. Available for iOs and android. Photo source: apps.apple.com
Evernote (Free, but offers in-app upgrades, Android and iOs) helps the organizationally-challenged student. It’s also great for parents trying to help get their kids organized. The app makes taking notes easier by synchronizing typed notes, photos and voice memos from your phone to the Web. Users can access everything later from the Evernote application or website. There is also a recording device that can be very helpful during class lectures. This app is a great tool to keep class notes on hand at all times. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com
Using gFlashPro (iOs, $3.99) is great for people who love making flash cards. Whether you’re a student or a parent helping kids studying for a test, this flash-card app eliminates the need for index cards. It allows you to use Google Spreadsheet or Microsoft Excel to create “decks of cards” that can also include sound clips or YouTube videos. gFlashPro also links to a flash-card directory, enabling you to share and download decks with your friends or the community. There is also a free version of the app available for download for Android, Amazon and iOs (search “gFlash+”), but be warned about intrusive ads. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com
myHomework Student Planner
myHomework Student Planner (Free, but also offers in-app upgrade, Android and iOs) makes it simple to organize and keep track of class schedules, upcoming assignments and to-do lists. The app syncs with a desktop counterpart, keeping your phone and computer up-to-date on what’s due. Ditch the paper planner for this app that can also link to course syllabi and use automatic color-coding to help you prioritize. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com
Docs To Go
Docs to Go (Free, Android and iOs) makes your smartphone a convenient storage place. The app has the ability to sync and view Microsoft Office files, PDFs or other files on your phone. Store class syllabi or class notes on your phone without paper. You can also create and format Microsoft Word documents as well. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com
Photomath (free, Android and iOs) could be the answer for parents trying to help their kids with those tricky math problems. It’s also a great tool that helps students better understand formulas. Photomath reads and solves math problems by using your smartphone’s camera to show a step-by-step solution. Photo courtesy: itunes.apple.com