It’s that time of the semester again. Everywhere you look around campuses, students are frantically pouring over flashcards in their sweatpants, furiously highlighting passages in their textbooks and muttering facts about organic chemistry and art history under their breath. This screams finals anxiety at its finest. But fear not, stressed ones—with the help of these educational apps for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can tackle studying in a calmer, more productive manner. Whether you need content specific study guides or just want your studying experience to be more hi-tech, these 7 iPhone study apps can help make exams seem a little less scary:
FlashCards Plus Pro
FlashCards Plus Pro app for iPhone and iPad exudes efficiency. Users have the choice of creating their own original flashcards or importing pre-made cards from Quizlet.com. The app also features two study settings: Simple and Space Repetition. Set to Simple, users identify each flashcard as “know” or “don’t know,” data that the app stores. After finishing a deck, you can then choose whether you want to view all of the cards or just the ones you got incorrect the first time around. With Space Repetition, however, the app uses an algorithm to choose cards for you (based on what you got correct and incorrect) over a period of time in order to maximize studying efficiency.
Study Buddy keeps track of how efficiently you’re studying, based on the number of breaks and distractions you have per study session. By using timers and pause options to record your study behavior, the app then creates a”Graph of Study Efficiency” so you can see how focused you really are on your exam material. The app also features many inspirational quotes to keep you motivated and get you through exam week.
Night Before Essay Planner
Let’s face it: writing a paper is like fighting through a battlefield. Whether you’re outlining your essay early or pulling an all-nighter because of weeks of procrastination, it’s often difficult to even get started putting our ideas on paper. Essay Planner, however, literally creates a “Plan of Attack” to get you through research, outlining, citing sources, and basic writing strategies. Based on a real workbook, this app will provide you with the motivation to keep fighting through your term paper.
Want access to your school’s online research databases on the go? With the AccessMyLibrary app, you can avoid frantic trips to your undergraduate library and conduct research right from your phone. Part of Cengage Learning, this app gives users access to Gale databases and ebooks by choosing their university from Cengage’s list of participating schools.
If you’re struggling to get through difficult assigned readings (yes, some of that philosophical theory can get very esoteric), it is best to look up the definitions of certain academic words that leave us stumped. No need to drag around the Oxford English Dictionary, though—with the Dictionary.com app, all you need is your phone or tablet to see thousands of definitions. It comes with a thesaurus too, so you can use it to add some flair to a research paper. You can also use one of the many foreign dictionary apps if you need help studying for a language final.
Content Specific Apps
Forget a real tutor. There are tons of apps out there that focus on almost every college subject imaginable — from psychology to history to anatomy (and many, many more). There are flashcards, study guides and even iProfessors (for physics and statistics) in app form. Depending on how detailed of a review you need, look at screenshots and the app description to determine if the app covers the necessary material from your particular class. Still want a tutorial? iTunes U offers lectures from top universities across the country on a variety of subject areas — just in case you slept through a few classes.
So you’ve got the studying down—now what? Well, if you’re still freaking out about your grade, here’s an easy way to predict what your final average will be. With the Grade Calculator, you can keep track of all of your graded assignments throughout the semester (and enter an estimated final exam grade). The app calculates your average from there by using the percentage each assignment or test is worth toward your final grade. Applying to grad school? You can use the GPA Calculator to stay on top of your grades as well, entering your past final averages and the grades you expect to receive in future semesters into the app to determine, for example, if you’re med school material.
What other apps would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!