6 Essential Apps for College

The life of a college student is nothing but deadlines, places to be, and things to do. With mobile devices becoming more prevalent with each passing year, students are becoming more and more dependent on them. In a March 2012 survey of 2,253 adults over the age of 18 by the Pew Research Center, 67 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed noted owning a smartphone—up 18 percent over 2011.

Tablets have also seen growth in academic settings, with Apple announcing in its July 2012 quarterly earnings call that it had sold twice as many iPads as MacBook laptops during the quarter. With the growth in mobile technology, more apps are being created to capitalize on the demand—the Apple Store notes that there are now more than 20,000 educational apps alone.

To help conquer your busy University of Memphis college schedule, make sure your smartphone or tablet is equipped with some essential apps to get you through the year.  Tiger Bookstore has put together a list of the top 6 essential apps for college that have helped some of our student workers get through their academic year.


According to a PCMag.com, this free, straightforward note-making and –syncing app outrivals most competing apps thanks to its strong search capabilities, effortless tagging features, and simple organization. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter from your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote, such as Evernote for iPad, Evernote Web app, Evernote for Windows, and every other platform where it’s supported.

In a nutshell, Evernote lets you create all kinds of electronic files—text files, images and photos, audio or voice memos, and videos—and gives you access to them through a variety of interfaces.  Log into any of these access points with your Evernote account, and you’ll be able to read, write, search, and otherwise utilize all your files. It has features such as Twitter integration, geo-location, and the ability to search text within photos in addition to supporting text, photo, and voice notes.

StudyBlue Flashcards

Studying has never been so efficient. This app helps serious students to create, study, and track their progress.  StudyBlue is the online studying platform for high school and college students that lets you create slick digital flashcards and study guides from your notes, upload class study materials, take practice quizzes, and more.  You can set reminders, save a study session, and connect with classmates. The app requires a StudyBlue+ account and can be downloaded for free.

StudyBlue allows students to store their notes in the cloud and connect with other students studying the same subjects. And to make life even easier, StudyBlue integrates seamlessly with Evernote.



iStudiez Pro

This app helps you keep track of your school schedule and exam dates with its push features and iCal integration. Make sure to input assignments so you always do your homework on time and figure out where you stand by calculating your grade in the class and overall GPA. The app has an extensive settings menu, so you can customize everything to your exact liking. You can add your iOS calendar into the app, add in holidays and working days, add in a section to help you keep track of your grades, and sync iStudiez Pro data between all of your devices.


You’ll probably be spending at least some time on group projects, as well as papers and slideshow presentations, so being able to share and save documents with ease is a must. That’s where the Dropbox app comes in handy. Available on the iPhone and Android phones, the app lets users save and store documents. Who needs a laptop these days?


Rate My Professors

Originally a website but they just recently released an app that lets students rate their professors for other students to take into consideration when scheduling classes. Professors are ranked on overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, and easiness. Students can leave comments about the course and/or the professor.






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