There are a lot of apps out there that can help your child become better organized and productive in school. And they might just help you as well. Read on for my top seven recommendations.
1. Evernote (Free & Premium – $24 yearly / iOS, Android, Web)
Ideas come and go while surfing the web researching a project for school. With Evernote, your kid can collect and organize their notes just like they would in a standard notebook, but also keep the links and info they will need to cite their sources.. This is ideal for students who are brainstorming or working on a research paper. They can save videos, PDFs, text, photos and more.
Better yet, if your child uses Google Chrome, the Evernote Web Clipper extension will allow them to clip parts of an article and save it to a categorized folder. They can also create to-do-lists and even write their paper in the Evernote interface itself.
2. iStudiez ($2.99 for iOS & Android / $9.99 for Mac & Windows)
Those who have used this app refer to iStudiezPro as a “Swiss army knife” for students. It’s a virtual student planner that has a tracker for school schedules, homework, classes, and even grades. It manages information about teachers, pending assignments and has a robust but easy-to-use calendar and can be synched between PC and mobile with ease.
3. Anki (Free / All platforms)
Flash cards can be a great way to memorize new information. Anki is an app that lets kids create digital flash cards for almost anything they need to study and retain. It has a feature called “spaced repetition” that will determine when a child needs to go over the cards again and which they seem to be struggling with and need more practice on. out when and if you need to go over the cards again. Anki is ideal for learning a new language, studying medical terms, memorizing lengthy poems, and even geographical data. You can access the flashcards anywhere and anytime with its synchronization feature. There are also pre-made Anki decks available online that your child can download for further study.
4. Wunderlist (Free / All platforms)
Wunderlist is a sleek app that manages tasks and separate to-dos from bigger projects that need to be accomplished. Wunderlist allows users to set reminders, note project due dates and assign to-dos. The app can also create folders with all the lists in it, so that they can be shared with classmates, parents or even teachers.
5. RescueTime (Free & Premium – $9 monthly / Mac, PC, Android, Linux)
With all the distractions that the internet offers, it can be hard for kids to focus and study (actually it can be hard for adults too) This is where RescueTime comes in. It tracks internet activity and so helps kids – and parents – determine which sites and activities are steering them away from getting tasks done. It works in the background and has a feature that can blocks websites for a limited time so the user can focus on what they are working on without falling for the temptation to surf away to more ‘pleasurable’ sites (ie: you can block Facebook). RescueTime also produces reports on a daily basis and will send notifications when kids are spending a significant amount of time on a single activity.
6. Scanner Pro ($3.99 for iOS devices only)
This app can turn an iPhone into a portable scanner. Most of the time, even in an increasingly digital age, students are still given lots of papers that can easily get lost . By simply taking a picture of the document, they can save it as a PDF file for later use. They can also edit the document’s brightness, add signatures, highlight text, and crop. The scanned document can also be converted into a text note if needed, and can be emailed directly from the phone.
7. iTunes U (Free for iOS devices only)
You might have seen this app before but never opened it on your Apple device. iTunes U is an app that offers unlimited access to lectures and courses from some the best schools and universities in the world. It is the world’s largest collection of free education content from several academic resources. Your child can also view and discuss updates on his assignments and courses with the whole class. And maybe you can take a class too!
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