It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not really. But fortunately for students, there are a lot of useful free or almost free tools to get you through the year. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Evernote – This is a free app that allows you to capture notes, pictures, white board images, lecture recording and access them later from any computer. The cool feature about it is that it recognizes words from a picture, then you can find your recordings a lot easier using these tags.
2. PI83 Graphing Calculator – If you’re stuck and in need of a graphing calculator for school, this iPhone app for 99 cents is a good deal. The PI83 Graphing Calculator is basically a limited version of the Texas Instruments TI83 graphing calculator.
3. Google Docs – Google Docs is one of the best online word processing and spreadsheets applications available, and it offers great collaboration features that allow you to work together on group assignments. Multiple students from different locations can simultaneously work on the same document and the entire team can see the changes live. And it’s free!
4. Free Language Tutors – This is a free app by 24/7 Tutor which offers several free tutoring apps, including Spanish, French, Italian and German. They include audio of words, a puzzle game, flash cards, and quizzes. For translating text, Google Translate is great.
5. locazU – locazU, yes that’s us, is a simple site where Canadian students can post/find used textbooks and tutorials/textbook solutions. It also has a comparison search engine to let you know if you can find a better deal on your books from online booksellers.
6. iStudiez Pro – Keep your schedule and class locations at a glance, keep track of lecture and lab locations, and track tasks and deadlines, and homework assignments. The app sells for $2.99.
7. AlgebraPrepSeries – Need to get your algebra knowledge in shape? These apps — a series of five, for $2.99 each — include practice, videos, and tests for algebra factoring, graphing, systems, equations, and real numbers.
8. Myhomework – This is a simple assignment notebook to help track assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. And it’s free.
9. CiteMe – When you get your term papers in order, make sure you cite your sources and in proper format.
10. Addicting Games – OK this this is not a study tool, but we snuck it in anyway because it blissfully wasted hundreds of hours in between classes, and might as well do the same for you!