Technology has become an integral part of the student experience. There’s no shortage of apps to help students organize their schedules, stay on track with homework, and pay the bills on a tight budget. Students taking online or distance courses have additional needs that can also be assisted with today’s best apps. Take a look at these options, most of which are free to download.
Topping many lists of the must-have apps for students is Evernote, an organizational tool that helps you keep track of all of your various documents. Online students have a lot of documents to keep track of, as they often access courses that use multimedia files while conducting their own research. You can use the app’s search tool to quickly find what you’re looking for, whether it’s notes from a class forum discussion or audio links that you want to share with the group.
- Open Culture
Open Culture is an app that collects open source course material and organizes it for your convenience. The inventory of open source courses is already extensive, and growing by the minute.
Whether you’re training to become a doctor or a flight attendant, many online education providers use the Blackboard system to facilitate discussions and distribute course materials. If you’ve signed up for an online course that uses Blackboard, you’ll definitely want to download the accompanying app for convenience.
Both traditional and online students now use digital devices to read through textbooks or conduct research. The Kindle app allows you to download research and reading materials so that you have it handy on the go.
Because online students store all of their information digitally, it can be a very real problem if the computer crashes. Don’t lose all that hard work – store it using the Dropbox app. Upload your files to the cloud and make sure they’re always available on any device.
Like the Kindle app, the CourseSmart app allows you to purchase, download, and read your textbooks on a digital device rather than carrying around the physical copy.
You don’t need to be studying political science or journalism to want to stay on top of the latest news. Feed.ly makes it easy for online students by keeping all of your chosen news feeds in one single place. You’ll receive notifications any time something of interest pops up.
Similarly, if you’re a busy student you probably don’t have the time to sift through every social media platform to give updates or manage your feeds. Do it all from a single platform using the Hootsuite app, which lets you stay in better touch with online colleagues.
- Documents to Go
One of the benefits of online learning is that you can work on your degree program whenever it’s most convenient for you. If you want to work on Microsoft Office files while you’re out and about, you’ll need the Documents to Go app for editing.
Finally, keep all of your research and review notes in a single place with Examtime. This app allows you to create your own virtual quizzes, flashcards, and notes to review your coursework before a major exam.
Becoming an online student is now more convenient than ever with these handy review and study apps, allowing you to complete your coursework on any digital device.