Back to School Apps for iPhoneWhen you hear the collective groans of teenagers and young adults, you can be reasonably certain that it’s time to return to the classroom and learn something. You probably already bought your textbooks, but you also have that handy touchscreen in your pocket. Get past Facebook and Words with Friends for just a moment, and have a look at these back to school apps for iPhone.

Yes, even though most of your iPhone use is probably still surrounding social networks, messaging and games, it can be quite useful for your studies too. We’ve already demonstrated how good the it can be for business, so useful school apps for iPhone aren’t exactly far-fetched. Chances are that you may already have some apps that are appropriate for school, like Evernote to keep notes and Dropbox or Google Drive for cloud file storage. Here are seven more iOS apps to add to your digital repertoire and most of them are free!

Wikipedia Mobile

Wikipedia Mobile for iPhone

Wikipedia Mobile for iPhone

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

Yes, I know that you’re not supposed to rely on Wikipedia for your research and you really shouldn’t, but the world’s largest online crowd-sourced encyclopedia can be a great launching point. It’s also great for little facts and tidbits of information and using the app is usually faster than going through the mobile site in Safari. You can also check out Quora for some more specialized factoids.

iBooks

iBooks App

iBooks App

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

While there’s a good chance that you’re still buying physical textbooks, the new Textbooks category in the iBookstore is certainly starting to make it more compelling for you to get your textbooks in e-book form instead. It all syncs up with your iTunes account, too, so it’s easy enough to read on your iPad instead of your iPhone.

Do by Salesforce

Do.com Mobile App

Do.com Mobile App

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

While this app was originally geared toward business and corporate types to manage their projects, it turns out that Do.com is just as useful a tool for students when they get together to do group projects too. You can assign tasks, communicate, and collaborate very easily, assuming that you’ve got everyone else on your team using Do.com.

myHomework

Back to School with myHomework

Back to School with myHomework

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

There are other task managers out there, but myHomework has been custom designed for the classroom setting. You can use it to keep track of your class schedule, but it’s also there to track homework, tests, and assignments. If you upgrade to the $1.99 online account, you get synchronization and homework notifications.

iStudiez Pro

iStudiez Pro App for iOS

iStudiez Pro App for iOS

iTunes Store Link: ($0.99)

Also available in “Lite” form for free, iStudiez Pro is another app to make sense of your studies. You use it to organize your schedule, including support for A & B week schedules, block schedules, rotating schedules and more. It also helps you track homework assignments and your grades, as well as provide you with a daily summary in the Today view.

SparkNotes

SparkNotes on iPhone

SparkNotes on iPhone

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

When I was still going through school, I was partial to Coles Notes, but I was just as happy to use SparkNotes to make sense of Shakespeare’s confusing language. Now in mobile form, the SparkNotes app gives you access to a library of study guides for literature, poetry, short stories, and more. There’s support for offline access, so you don’t need to stay online to study either.

Quick Graph

Quick Graph Free Graphing Calculator App

Quick Graph Free Graphing Calculator App

iTunes Store Link: (Free)

Your iPhone has come to replace a lot of other gadgets, like your portable GPS, your MP3 player, and your digital camera. It only makes sense that it can replace your scientific graphing calculator too. This free app does both 2D and 3G graphs with support with the regular Cartesian coordinates, as well as polar, spherical, and cylindrical. All graphs can be saved to your photo library too.

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