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7 Helpful Back-to-School Apps

Summer is almost over and it’s time to prepare for the school year. From an app that helps you study on-the-go, to an app that will save you money, we’ve collected a diverse list of helpful apps that will get you back-to-school ready!

Sleep Cycle: Early mornings are no fun. In fact, most students choose to avoid those 8am lectures. But with Sleep Cycle, waking up can be less groggy. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks sleep patterns and wakes the user up during the lightest sleep cycle (Sleep Cycle). The app makes waking up easier due to the alarm’s slow rise in volume during the time of ring. By placing the phone face down, on the bed, Sleep Cycle alarm clock also tracks sleep movement and records your sleep data. This feature attracts many users because it allows users to compare their data on a night-to-night basis. Compatibility: iPhone, Android;
                                               Cost: $0.99 – $1.69  

Quizlet: With so many exams, papers, and labs due throughout the year, juggling new information can sometimes be overwhelming. Just like many flashcard apps, Quizlet allows students to create personalized decks of notecards; however, the best feature integrated in the app is the ability for students to search other study sets. With an archive of thousands of study sets, Quizlet allows students to find premade decks of study materials ranging in almost any subject. The app puts a new definition to study on-the-go as it affords users to utilize various study guides in addition to their own.
                                               Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: Free

btsapp3The Coupons App: If there’s one thing students like, it’s the word free. Although The Coupons App does not necessarily provide giveaways, the deals found on the apps will guarantee students a bang for their buck. The coupons and online promo codes are guaranteed to be up-to-date. Ranging from local deals, retail stores, and popular chains, users are able to browse through daily deals and tailor their recommendation based on their favorite brands. Users are also able to get notifications on nearby deals and reminders for saved coupons that are soon to expire. Compatibility: iPhone, Android ;Cost: free

btsapp4Wolfram Alpha: Some call it a knowledge engine, some call it their best friend during homework. The beloved Wolfram Alpha goes mobile and allows students to access knowledge at their fingertips. The app provides over 10 trillion pieces of data and 50,000 questions, allowing students to compute reports and answers on topics from calculus, linguistics, chemistry, and much more. All users have to do is enter a question in the app’s query field and in a matter of seconds, Wolfram Alpha will provide a step-by-step explanation of the problem. Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows phone ;Cost: $2.99

Pinterest: Tired of cafeteria food? Save money and eat healthier by cooking your own meals. With the Pinterest app, it’s not only easy to save future DIY projects, but also a great way to archive your favorite recipes. By searching and saving simple recipes, Pinterest adds variety to your meal prep routine. Browse through new meal ideas or even categorize your meal plan throughout the week. From 3 ingredient dinners to microwave food hacks, Pinterest gives students a new scope of ideas on meal prepping. Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: free

btsapp7Graphing Calculator App: Your smartphone already carries your basic necessities right? Well you might as well add a graphing calculator to that list. With the graphic calculator app, students can now carry their math necessity in their back pocket. This scientific calculator covers the basics, from arithmetic operations to logarithms and roots. Not only does this app feature a graphing mode, allowing users to draw up to 4 equations on the screen, but it also provides parametric equations and polar coordinates. This useful app has over 4 million downloads and an average of a 5 star rating from over 2,000 users!                                                             Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: free

**similar apps can also be found in other systems. Check out 12 Best Calculator Apps for more options!

Dropbox: Group projects can sometimes get messy. With the free Dropbox mobile app, students can save and send various files – documents, photos, and videos – through a secured location. The user friendly features affords students to add comments to files and edit Microsoft Office directly from their phones. Through the Dropbox app, students can now back up photos, and videos, share links to large files without email attachments, and access file offline. Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows; Cost: free


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