Tablets are often on the top of the list of students who are getting ready to go back to school. However, having the right apps is just as important in helping students with plod through piles of schoolwork. Below are some apps recommended for those who are going back to school this fall.
- Air Display. Air Display essentially converts a tablet into a display for a Windows or Mac. The app allows students to have multiple displays sans the need for cables. This app costs $9.99 to download and can be a huge help for those who wish to take advantage of both a tablet and a desktop computer in studying. Download it here.
- Quickoffice. Google Play abounds with mobile productivity suites, attesting to the tremendous convenience of having these on tablets. They allow students to create and edit documents, presentations, and spreadsheets right on a tablet or a smartphone. Quickoffice has been identified as one of the best of these office suites. This app costs $20 to download for those on tablets or HD devices, and $15 for those using smartphones. Download it here.
- Google Drive. Google Drive is the go-to app for students collaborating on a project. The main advantage of using this device is that the changes made on a file are made available in real time. With the app, users can also upload files such as documents, videos, and photos to their Google Drive account. As a bonus, Google Drive is free to download. Download it here.
- Any.Do. Any.Do is the digital version of a to-do list which features gesture-based input and an intuitive interface. Cited as one of the Top 10 Android apps of 2011 by the New York Times and The Best Android app of 2011 by TechCrunch, this simple app is free of features that can distract students from accomplishing their tasks. Download it here.
- Google+ (Hangouts). Google+ Hangouts is a free app that enables users to engage in video chat with multiple users. For students, this can be the virtual answer to study groups. Download it here.
- Evernote. Evernote is a handy app that facilitates note-taking across various devices including tablets, smartphones, and desktop computers to help users organize their ideas better. A cloud-based app, Evernote is able to sync the notes taken from these devices. Users may not only use this app to save text but also photos, videos, and audio files with their notes. Download it here.
- AutoCAD. AutoCAD is an app that those studying to become engineers might want to download. It lets users access DWG, DWF, and DXF files right from their tablets as well as share these files with their classmates through the app itself. Download it here.
- Adobe Photoshop Touch. This is the mobile version of the popular photo-editing software and will be useful for design students. With this app, they can use their mobile device to perform simple editing tasks. It doesn’t carry all of the features of the software designed for desktop or laptop computers, but it does get the job done when one needs to edit quickly but does not have a laptop or desktop computer on hand. This app costs $10 from the Google Play Store. Download it here.
When used correctly, apps can increase the productivity of students by helping them save time so they can use the extra hours for more studying. It helps as well that these apps give a novel feel to repetitive tasks, giving students a motivational boost in their studies.