The Top 6 Study Apps for College Students

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Looking to study for an exam in the most efficient way? There’s an app for that.

Cell phones and tablets aren’t typically marketed to boost grades and prepare for exams, but there are a myriad of great study apps to help boost grades and to keep your notes close. Check out some of the best apps to prepare for your second semester this spring:

1. Quizlet

If you’ve been using flashcards since the 4th grade, Quizlet is for you. This app allows users to create their own flashcards that can easily be flipped over with a tap of the screen. It also offers a multitude of other offerings from verbalizations and audio (in case you’re on the go and prefer listening to notes), time challenges to see how fast and well you know your material and a whole database of prearranged notes you can use to review. Grade: A+

2. StudyBlue

Much like Quizlet, StudyBlue allows you to make online flashcards accessible on your PC, tablet or phone. This app comes bundled with text reminders to keep you posted on what you have to study and offers a plethora of infographics in case you need visual reminders and refreshers! Grade: A

3. Droid Scholar

Looking to cite a source? Find some substantial research and documentation? Google Scholar offers cited information that you can use for essays and test prep that is backed by true, credible sources (non-Wikipedia) and can provide you with plenty of insight into subjects that are tough to explain. Grade: B+

4. Sparknotes

The Sparknotes powered app provides in depth analysis and review of the greatest tales and stories you’ve ever read… or not read. If you’re looking to catch up on books, get a refresher or synopsis, the Sparknotes app can save your bacon before tests should you find yourself in a time crunch. Grade: A

5. Share Your Board

This app’s name says it all: you take a camera shot of the chalkboard and it converts it to a PDF file you can share with your computer or with friends. If you’re too tired to take exam review notes that are scribbled all over the board, simply take a snapshot and you’ll have a carbon copy of the teacher’s board work on your phone or computer. Grade: B

6. Twitter

A surprise app here, Twitter can be a helpful resource in getting last minute updates for political science exams, finance courses and economics classes that pertain to current events. With short messaging and descriptions, you can learn an awful lot in a jiffy from Twitter to use towards class or essay exams. Moreover, you can ask resources one-on-one questions via Twitter which you actually have a better shot at getting a response than you may think. . . Grade: A