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48 iPad Apps That High School and College Students Love

Staff Writ­ers from wrote an arti­cle that I thought I would share with you.  They noted, “While the lap­top remains the tech tool of choice for most high school and col­lege stu­dents, many are embrac­ing portable and inno­v­a­tive tablets like the iPad. Since its release in 2010, the iPad has taken the tech mar­ket by storm and become a pop­u­lar, edu­ca­tional and fun tool for both teach­ers and stu­dents alike. It is increas­ingly infil­trat­ing col­lege edu­ca­tion, with some schools en offer­ing free iPads for enrollees.”

Whether you’re a high school or col­lege stu­dent look­ing for new apps to stock your iPad or some­one just curi­ous what kind of appro­pri­ate resources are out there, start your search with these 48 great apps. Among them, stu­dents will find help with every­thing from keep­ing home­work orga­nized to find­ing the per­fect first date spot — and just about every­thing in between.”

Essen­tial Tools

The staff writ­ers shared, “These apps will help turn your iPad into the ulti­mate pro­duc­tiv­ity tool, whether you’re mak­ing a home movie, sketch­ing out plans for a project or writ­ing a term paper.”


    Whether you need to look up the def­i­n­i­tion of a par­tic­u­larly trou­ble­some word, find a suit­able syn­onym or just play around with the Eng­lish lan­guage, this appli­ca­tion can help.

  2. Pages

    Apple’s word pro­cess­ing solu­tion for the iPhone and iPad, this appli­ca­tion will let you write papers, cre­ate newslet­ters and much more.

  3. Num­bers

    Mak­ing spread­sheets was never fun…until you could do it on the iPad! With the help of this appli­ca­tion, stu­dents can orga­nize any kind of data, cre­ate graphs and even set up a budget.

  4. Things

    Have a lot to do this semes­ter? Keep track of it all with this sim­ple and intu­itive task manager.

  5. Dragon Dic­ta­tion

    If you don’t want to invest in a sep­a­rate key­board, this appli­ca­tion — which takes dic­ta­tion when you speak into the iPad — can make putting together a lengthy email or paper a whole lot easier.

  6. Kin­dle

    Whether you’re get­ting text­books or books just for fun, you can use this Ama­zon appli­ca­tion to turn your iPad into the per­fect read­ing device.

  7. iMovie

    Edit movies and cre­ate the per­fect pre­sen­ta­tion or project for your class right on your iPad.

  8. Sketch­Book Pro

    Stu­dents who love to draw will appre­ci­ate the numer­ous fea­tures here, allow­ing users to do every­thing from edit a pho­to­graph to cre­ate detailed and orig­i­nal hand­made artwork.


These apps have got you cov­ered when it comes to learn­ing and studying.

  1. The Ele­ments: A Visual Exploration

    The peri­odic table has never looked as glam­orous as it does in this app. Amaz­ing pho­tos of all of the ele­ments will make you actu­ally want to learn more about chemistry.

  2. Rate My Professors

    Have a great pro­fes­sor? Stuck with a lousy one? Let other stu­dents know about your expe­ri­ence through this handy appli­ca­tion ver­sion of the pop­u­lar online site.

  3. Black­board Mobile Learn

    Many of your courses may use Black­board to man­age mate­ri­als, and you can eas­ily access it on the go through your iPad or iPhone.

  4. gFlash

    With flash­card col­lec­tions that run the gamut from archi­tec­ture to pre-med, you’re bound to find some­thing that will help you study.

  5. TED

    No mat­ter what field you’re pur­su­ing your degree in, you’re bound to find cutting-edge and thought-provoking lec­tures on this site’s application.

  6. iSource MLA

    Need to check and make sure you’re using appro­pri­ate MLA style? No wor­ries, this appli­ca­tion will ensure you never lose points on a works cited. If your classes don’t use MLA, there’s also an APA ver­sion available.

  7. Flash My Brain

    Another great flash­card appli­ca­tion, this awe­some tool will help you turn your notes into incred­i­bly use­ful flash­cards for studying.

  8. Text­books

    Why lug around a back­pack full of text­books when you can just keep them all right on your iPad? This appli­ca­tion makes it pos­si­ble, with thou­sands of text­books to choose from.

  9. Arti­cles for iPad

    While Wikipedia shouldn’t be a pri­mary source for your col­lege research, it can prove a great start­ing place. Arti­cles lets you read and dis­cover Wikipedia arti­cles right from your iPad, whether you need to look up the Ming Dynasty or your favorite rock star.


Stay in touch with friends, fam­ily and sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers with these social media applications.

  1. IM+ Pro

    No mat­ter what kind of IM ser­vice you pre­fer, even if you use them all this appli­ca­tion will make it easy to keep in touch with everyone.

  2. Word­Press

    Share insights into your col­lege life through your Word­Press blog, with tools that make it easy to man­age right from your iPad.

  3. Friendly Plus for Facebook

    Face­book has yet to release a ded­i­cated appli­ca­tion for the iPad, but this tool may be all you need to eas­ily post and browse your feed.

  4. Tweet­Deck

    This appli­ca­tion makes it sim­ple to use Twit­ter on your iPad, both for cre­at­ing your own tweets and orga­niz­ing those of the peo­ple you follow.

  5. textPlus free

    Don’t want to waste texts on your wire­less plan? Use this ser­vice to text friends and fam­ily for free.


The iPad can be a great work tool, but it’s built for enter­tain­ment, too. There are plenty of apps to suit your needs, but we sug­gest you start with these essentials.

  1. Net­flix

    With a sub­scrip­tion to Net­flix, you’ll be able to stream thou­sands of movies right on your iPad.

  2. Scrab­ble

    Chal­lenge a friend to a bat­tle of words with this pop­u­lar game.

  3. Yelp

    New to town? Yelp can help you find the best place for a burger, coolest clubs and even a reli­able dentist.

  4. Sound­Hound

    Can’t fig­ure out who’s singing that tune on the radio? Use Sound­Hound to get all the info you’ll need about any song.

  5. Awed­i­to­rium

    Help cul­ti­vate your effort­lessly cool image by check­ing out this appli­ca­tion, which lets you lis­ten to the lat­est songs from up-and-coming artists. You’ll be able to claim, hon­estly, that you heard of them before any­one else did.

  6. Pan­dora

    Choose an artist or song you like and this pop­u­lar online radio site will build a sta­tion around it just for you.

  7. How to Cook Everything

    If you can barely boil water, then you need this appli­ca­tion to help save you from a semes­ter of microwave meals. Mark Bittman shares some great recipes and point­ers on how to do the most basic kitchen tasks.

  8. Angry Birds

    No iPad would be com­plete with­out this iconic game, which flings birds at some seri­ously rude pigs.

  9. AroundMe

    Bored on a Sat­ur­day night? Use this appli­ca­tion and find out what’s going on in your community.

Infor­ma­tion Management

Orga­niz­ing your research, notes and class mate­ri­als can be a pain, but these apps stream­line the process.

  1. Ever­note

    Whether you need to jot down an idea, note a to-do or save an inter­net site, Ever­note makes it easy. Bet­ter yet, unlike an eas­ily mis­placed post-it, you’ll be able to quickly find your notes later.

  2. Drop­box

    Take your files to the cloud with this appli­ca­tion, which lets you eas­ily trans­fer and store all your most impor­tant information.

  3. Intsapa­per

    Found a great arti­cle, but don’t have time to read it now? No prob­lem. Instapa­per lets you save it for later so you can read it right from your iPad — no wifi required.

  4. Penul­ti­mate

    If you pre­fer to take notes by hand, this appli­ca­tion is a must for the iPad. You’ll be able to quickly and eas­ily take and orga­nize even the messi­est of hand­writ­ten notes.

  5. Notes Plus

    This appli­ca­tion is a great way to keep your notes orga­nized and eas­ily acces­si­ble, mak­ing sure the days of lost scrib­bles are a thing of the past.

  6. GoodReader

    How many times have you had class read­ings given in PDF form? Now, with GoodReader, you can bring those read­ings with you, take notes, and high­light in one easy place.


Never for­get an assign­ment again with the help of these great applications.

  1. Out­liner for iPad

    Cre­ate to-do lists, track a project or lay out an entire research paper using this pro­duc­tiv­ity tool — a great way to make sure you’re on task and your papers flow well.

  2. iStudiez Pro

    Do you have trou­ble keep­ing up with all your home­work and activ­i­ties? This appli­ca­tion helps man­age all your assign­ments and oblig­a­tions, send­ing you reminders when due dates are approaching.

  3. myHome­work

    For stu­dents who have trou­ble remem­ber­ing due dates, this appli­ca­tion can be a life­saver. Sim­ply enter in your assign­ments for each class, and the app will help you track them.

  4. inClass

    With inClass, stu­dents can orga­nize their sched­ules, share notes and track when assign­ments are due. The per­fect tool for help­ing any stu­dent stay pro­duc­tive this semester.


If you’re a col­lege stu­dent on a bud­get (is there any other kind?), you’ll appre­ci­ate these money-saving tools.

  1. Kayak HD

    Plan the ulti­mate spring break on a bud­get with the help of Kayak’s tools, which find the low­est prices on flights, hotels, rental cars and more.

  2. CraigsPro+

    Whether you’re look­ing for a new couch for your first place or a car to get you to work, CraigsPro will help you eas­ily nav­i­gate Craigslist postings.

  3. Book­Bar­gain

    Never pay full price for text­books again with this handy app, which searches through a wide vari­ety of inter­net shops to find you the best deal.

  4. Groupon

    Make going out, stay­ing healthy and shop­ping a lit­tle bit cheaper with Groupon’s discounts.


You’ll be able to stay up to date with the lat­est news and fol­low your favorite blogs when you get these applications.

  1. CNN

    Get access to all the break­ing news sto­ries, videos and pho­tos on the CNN site.

  2. Flip­board

    An amaz­ing way to orga­nize your Twit­ter, Face­book and RSS feeds, Flip­board turns your favorite inter­net sites into a mag­a­zine you can page through.

  3. Pulse

    With Pulse, you’ll be able to tai­lor a news stream that meets your own interests.

  • Maria says:

    Nice list!I would also rec­om­mend Jot! It is a white­board app that I’m using in school and I’m sure ipad users will find use­ful. It has this fea­ture called Live Shar­ing that allows you to col­lab­o­rate with other jot users in real time over the inter­net. It’s so func­tional and got lots of fea­tures I gave it a 5-star rating.!-whiteboard/id376133340?mt=8

    February 23, 2013 at 10:06 am
    • Dr. Chris says:

      Great! Thanks for shar­ing Maria!

      February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • Satyenhacks says:

    I have few of these iphone apps but impor­tant ones only which are in reg­u­lar use such as dic­tio­nary app. How­ever, thanks for the other apps. Will check out few ones.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm
  • The Mighty K says:

    Thanks SO much for this help­ful arti­cle Dr. Chris !

    I’m a Junior in col­lege that’s about to get SERIOUS with school in the com­ing semester.

    I was think­ing of pur­chas­ing an iPad to max­i­mize per­for­mance in courses, and your arti­cle SOLD me into buy­ing one (espe­cially with the dragon app, as some­one that occa­sion­ally gets writer’s block, and often knows exactly what i want to write in my head)

    With the apps you listed, I now real­ize how the iPad will dras­ti­cally improve my per­for­mance in school, and (believe it or not) still actu­ally make learn­ing fun !

    Thanks so much for the article !

    May 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  • Elliot says:

    I’ll def­i­nitely have to try out the flash­my­brain app for my upcom­ing exams! Could be a bril­liant wee learn­ing tool cheers!

    December 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm
  • Kara says:

    Loved all the help­ful tips! Thank you!

    June 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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