These six mobile applications put words, books, and knowledge at your fingertips.
Thinking of going back to school and want to stay ahead of the game?
Whether you're interested in online or traditional degree programs, you might benefit from downloading a few mobile applications. After all, Apple's iPad alone contains roughly 65,000 educational apps.
Want to stay ahead of the learning curve? Consider checking out these six apps that are head of their class.
App #1 - Dictionary.com
You don't have to be a wordsmith to appreciate the Dictionary.com app. Compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and more, Dictionary.com is a dictionary and thesaurus that provides access to over two million words.
Named the top iPad app for college students by U.S. News and World Report in 2010 and an "app you need to survive college" by Mashable in 2013, you don't need an Internet connection for most content once you've downloaded the app. According to iTunes, the entire dictionary and thesaurus are available offline.
The Dictionary.com app also features a voice-to-text search, according to PCWorld.
App #2 - Chegg
Not a fan of long lines at the bookstore? One way to avoid this might be the app that lets you rent or buy textbooks right from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
One of the coolest features: You can search for the textbooks you need by simply scanning a barcode or title, according to iTunes.
The app was also listed among the "14 Best iPhone Apps for College Students," according to a 2010 article published by TheDailyBeast, a news site dedicated to breaking news and sharp commentary.
App #3 - Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Sleep - or lack thereof - can be a problem when it's time for that early morning class. But with the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app, you could potentially avoid those groggy mornings.
Using an accelerometer that monitors your sleep movement, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase, explains iTunes. In theory, this means that you should wake up feeling more rested and relaxed for those early bird classes.
ITunes reports that the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
App #4 - Mental Case
Thanks to smart-phones and state-of-the-art technology, flashcards have gotten a high-tech makeover.
Meet the app called Mental Case.
Like flashcards, this app enables you to create mental notes, but it uses plenty of bells and whistles. The virtual flashcards include text, images, audio and, yes, video, according to iTunes. They can be presented as slideshows, too, with the capability of sharing your notes with others via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Mental Case recently landed on the list of "7 Great Apps for the Back to School Grind" by phillyBurbs.com, a suburban Philadelphia news website.
App #5 - Wikipanion
With this app, you can have access to the popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, explains iTunes. Wikipanion allows you to search the site's entries with speed and accuracy.
Wikipanion's features include a variety of search options, audio playback of dictionary definitions, and bookmarking individual sections, adds iTunes.
What's more, in 2010, TheDailyBeast.com described Wikipanion as "the number one research stop for every student researching a paper."
App #6 - Wi-Fi Finder
Ever been out and in desperate search for somewhere to use the Internet?
Wi-Fi Finder might be a divining rod for online access. The application tracks down free and paid public Wi-Fi hot spots on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, explains iTunes.
This mobile app can detect some 650,000 hot spots in 144 countries worldwide, according to iTunes.
For on-the-go students who might need Internet access for research or homework assignments, the Wi-Fi Finder could be the equivalent of a trusty hunting dog with a nose for broadband.
These are just a few of the apps available today. There are thousands of apps out there that could help you increase your productivity or just make your life easier. For example, apps such as, EasyBib, Carrot, and RealCalc Scientific Calculator could be very helpful for the online student, according to University.com, a comprehensive research site for students interested in online degrees and courses. You just need to do your research and find out how technology can help you stay on track and complete your school work efficiently.
"Apple", "iPhone," "iPad," "iTunes" are copyrights of Apple, Inc.
Next Article: Higher Education Goes High Tech »