Studying is tough, and the right apps can make a big difference. We've put together our list of the best iPhone apps, but students need a different mobile toolkit to get things done. Here's what you should load up on your iPhone to face the year ahead.
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You'll plan to want to take notes on paper or on your computer, but you're bound to forget them at some point. For those days, Simplenote is a great utility to have on your phone. Plus, it syncs directly with the cloud and desktop apps, so you'll always have your notes with you no matter where you are.
Evernote is an excellent resource for students to capture everything they have going on. If you need a little inspiration for how to use Evernote, Shep McAllister's guest post on the Evernote blog outlines a lot of ways you can use Evernote for studying, including taking snapshots of notes and blackboards and organising research.
We mention Dropbox in our annual Lifehacker Packs, but it's worth noting again for students. Not only is Dropbox a handy place to store all your files, it can also be a lifesaver when you realise you forgot to bring in an assignment. Simply pop into Dropbox and retrieve or share that vital file.
iProcrastinate isn't a to-do manager specifically designed for students, but it could easily be. It works with class filters, step-by-step tracking, and repeating schedules. The iPhone version syncs with the desktop version through iCloud or Dropbox, so all your to-dos are in one place. If iProcrastinate doesn't look like it will fit your needs, be sure to check out Wunderlist.
Let's face it, sometimes you're not going to pay attention in class. In fact, you'll probably fall asleep at least once. For those days an audio recorder can be a lifesaver. On iPhone we like Audio Memos - The Voice Recorder. It's simple, supports iCloud and Dropbox, offers tagging, and even has mid-recording bookmarks.
Love them or hate them, flashcards are a great way to memorise information. Flashcards* is an app that allows you to make your own, and also lets you search through thousands that have already been created for classes, or collaboratively make a set of flashcards with your fellow students.
Chrome is a fantastic browser for students because it syncs all your settings, history and bookmarks across platforms. That means if you forget your computer one day and need to do some research on your phone, you'll be able to start right where you left off. Dolphin's also a great browser that has a lot of extra features that make reading on your device more pleasant.
Whether you just miss your parents, or you want a cheap and free way to talk to friends, Skype is one of the easiest video chat clients to use — and chances are most people you know will use it.
If you're looking for more great apps for your iPhone beyond what's in our student pack, head to the Lifehacker Pack for iPhone.