10 Must-Have Back-to-School Apps for iPhone

Here's a list of applications that can make your school year much easier.

Time magazine recently released its list of the top 10 iPhone apps for students headed back to school.

We took the time to tweak Time's list, and add a few of our favorites, as well.

Whether you're headed to your first year of high school or your first year away at college, these apps will make your life significantly easier:

  1. myHomework: According to its website, myHomework allows students and parents to track their classes, homework and projects so no more assignments will be forgotten again. The app is free.

  2. AroundMe: AroundMe is designed for those students going away to school in a new town. According to a story on Mashable, "The app finds the nearest banks, hospitals, bars, gas stations, hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, taxi companies, theaters and supermarkets." What's the best part? The app is free.

  3. Grades 2: "What do I need to score on my next test to be on track for an A? There's an app for that." The Grades 2 website couldn't have said it much better. If you want to know where you stand after each assignment, then there's no better app available.

  4. CourseSmart: According to Time magazine, CourseSmart allows you to "view the full text of more than 7,000 textbooks on your iPhone." We're on a nice trend here, because like the last two apps, CourseSmart is also free. However, the e-textbooks expire after a certain amount of time. Time said that period is typically 180 days, which is a little more than the length of a normal semester at college. Another note: one of the major complaints with this app is that the text is tough to read because the zoom feature is non-existent.

  5. Snoozerr Recording: Have trouble focusing in class some days? Snoozerr allows you to record lectures and go back later to listen in on what you might have missed. According to Mashable, "The app includes a time-stamped photo function, so you can take pictures of a graph or diagram on the board which corresponds to class notes." Sorry, but this one will cost you a whopping 99 cents.

  6. Dictionary.com: A dictionary and thesaurus right at your fingertips. It'll only set you back $2.99, but it might come in handy more than you think.

  7. Mint.com Personal Finance: This app is certainly aimed more at college students, especially those who'll be taking care of their own finances for the first time in their young lives. The Mint.com app allows you to manage your money, budgets, expenses and bills. The personal finance app helps your budget from the start of your download, and it's free.

  8. Stanza: English majors and book lovers will like this one. The app allows you to "purchase popular new books from a selection of more than 50,000 contemporary titles available in various partner stores, or choose from an additional 50,000 free classics and recent original works available from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks and many other sources." The app is free.

  9. Graphing Calculator: According to Time, "Somewhere between the iPhone's built-in calculator and those Texas Instruments behemoths lies the Graphing Calculator app. Along with an expanded scientific calculator, the app includes the ability to graph multiple equations and e-mail the results." It won't cost you anywhere near the amount that a Texas Instrument calculator would because it's free.

  10. Patch: Want to know what's going on with your hometown while you're away at school? Download the and receive updates and breaking news right to your iPhone. Of course, this one is free. 


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