Apple’s innovative iPad takes the best of the mobile and laptop worlds and fuses them into a sleek, easy to use, and affordable tablet. It’s no wonder that the iPad sold over a half million units immediately after its release, especially with its appeal to students and working professionals.
For students, a huge number of apps will help manage all the difficulties that school can bring into your life. Whether you’re just registering for a local community college or are finalizing your enrollment in a world famous graduate school, these iPad apps for college students will help you get a handle on all the things you’ve got to do.
iPad Apps on a College Budget (i.e. Completely Free)
The iPad Web Browser
While many people don’t think of this application when going through their checklist, the reality is that the built-in browser will give you amazing access to a number of valuable educational websites, including news pages, Wikipedia articles, and much more.
The Dictionary.com app will give you access to over a million words, so you can decipher everything that you hear from your instructors or read in textbooks.
Rate My Professor
The popular website “Rate My Professor” offers a free to use application that will give you access to all the resources of the RMP database. This information will allow you to choose the professor who’s perfect for you. It’s a handy tool to have prior to taking the dive into the cold waters of registration.
This free application will give you access to a massive eBook library that includes classic literature, contemporary fiction, and more. Many of your required reading materials are included in this library, and the network is quickly expanding into textbooks.
iPad Apps Worth Your Money
This is a $3 application that will allow you to manage your busy college schedule. It’s easy to use and browse, simple to set up on the go, and will help you keep on top of classes, tasks, and social events.
Pages and Numbers
At $10 a pop, these are the core word processor and spreadsheet programs for the iPad. If you want to take notes, format papers via your iPad, or create complex spreadsheet documents, these apps are the way to go. In addition, Pages allows you to import and export documents from Mac and Microsoft Word, and export documents as PDF, ensuring that your formatting doesn’t get skewed.
Your social life is an important part of your college experience, too. The Netflix application is a great way to bolster that social life. Even beyond streaming movies for your fraternity or sorority, simply having a way to unwind after you’re done with homework can be invaluable. Of course, you have to have a Netflix account- but it’s super cheap.
Various Specialized Applications
There are a number of high quality applications that will help you with your specific major. Ranging from APA or MLA formatting guides to 3D visualizations of the entire periodic table of elements, there are a huge number of apps designed for your area of study.
This list may be short, but I assure you that as more developers hop on the iPad train, more college friendly apps will become available. Who knows… it may even substitute your text books and notebooks completely one day. What are your favorite iPad apps for college?
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