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Need better grades? There’s an app for that

By James Jewett | Staff Writer

The extremely popular Apple iPad and iPhone are widely enjoyed by high school and college students. To help keep up with the busy schedule of many students, programmers have started creating school-related software, targeted at students. Some don’t realize the wide capabilities of their Apple device, and limit themselves to the likes of texting and Facebook, but these apps aim to change that perception entirely.

Beep Me – Cost: $3.99

This app is a reminder/to-do app for daily use. The app can set for timer style or clock style, depending on your schedule. A calender leaves room for long-term alarm planning. Customization is also available, with a group of different backgrounds to choose from.


Flashcards+ – Cost: FREE

Flashcards+ offers the studying tool of flashcards without the hassle of actual paper. The app allows you to type on the back and front of the card, flip the card, and marking the level of familiarity for later reference. – Cost: FREE

The app gives you a dictionary in the palm of your hand. The app also includes thesaurus and word-of-the-day features. Although it can be embarrassing to hear your iPhone go off (only to find that it is actually a randomized word from the dictionary, interrupting to educate), it serves its purpose well.

SAT Vocab Challenge – Cost: $4.99

Although this app may not be the usual $0.99, it can certainly help increase SAT scores. The app displays a chart with the number of words you have mastered thus far, and already has a successor, coming in at $4.99 for another 250 words.

myHomework – Cost: FREE

myHomework offers an agenda-based platform to organize assignments. A calender is also available on the app to mark important events. The app lets you send the assignment entry to a server, where it can be shared via email.

Kik Messenger – Cost: FREE

This instant messaging app receives and delivers messages very quickly. The app allows the sender to see if the app has been sent, delivered, and received, as well as picture messaging, photo ID for when you receive a message, and the ability to use group chat.

Driver’s Ed Lite – Cost: FREE (or Full edition with all 50 states for $2.99)

Many students will be receiving their licenses around sophmore year. This app sheds a little light upon things we sometimes forget. Material on signs, alcohol fines, and various car functions is covered.

iTranslate Plus – Cost: $1.99

When you come across a foreignword that you don’t understand, you probably wished for an app like this. iTranslate gives you up 50 languages to choose from. NOTE: This is a quick fix; it will not help you pass AP Spanish. Don’t use in class!

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