As many students are coming back at school, many are coming equipped with laptops and tablets. This post will focus on how you as a student can optimize your productivity and work for classes with some apps. Nothing against those with Android Tablets, but this post is going to focus on the iPad.
While this is intended for students, anyone with an iPad could appreciate and use these apps for their work or personal life.
These are all based on my experience, if you have an app that you really enjoy and thing others will to, comment below!
ANY.DO - ANY.DO is actually for the iPhone, but it works fine on the iPad when you zoom in. It is a task managing app that allows you to organize by date or project. Quickly talk or type in the tasks you need to do. Swipe to check them off an clear them to your running scoreboard of completed tasks. For those of you that are motivated by the work you have completed, this is a must get.
CAL| Calendar for Living - Brought to you by the makers of ANY.DO, it is a very elegant and clean calendar that keeps you organized and integrates your ANY.DO tasks. One day, I hope both ANY.DO and CAL get updated for iPad.
Agenda Calendar 4 - By all means you can use the iPad's Reminders and Calendar to organize yourself, but Agenda Calendar 4 combines them both and imports your other calendars into a very clean and easy to navigate app. This one is a paid app, but is seriously worth it.
Note Taking Apps
Evernote - Create notebooks for each class, take notes, access them from your computer, Evernote is great for taking notes. Added web clipper allows you to add pieces of websites directly into your notes and has a audio recorder. You can then access all your notes from your computer using the website version of Evernote.
Drafts - Minimalist in design, but a very powerful notepad. Opens instantly into a new note so you can begin to type away. Once done taking notes, you have several options to share and export your notes to other apps you may use. You can also just archive the note within the app.
ScratchWork - A neat application that split screens your iPad so that you can look at online articles and take notes at the same time. It does not open other items as it is strictly a web browser, but it does help from having you swipe back and forth.
Miscellaneous Apps for Success
Dropbox - Cloud Storage, several of the apps above have an export function so you can save it to your Dropbox and then access from the computer. You can also set up Dropbox to hold all of the awesome photos you will take with your friends.
Google Drive - Storage like Dropbox, notes and files beyond Evernote. Google Drive for the iPad has the ability to create Google Doc files that can easily be downloaded to Word for final touches. Accessible from your computer. Share files and collaboratively work with group members to get your work done.
Feedly - Pull all the websites that you look at everyday into one site. This RSS reader picks up the new articles published from your favorite sites. It has become a great replacement for Google Reader.
Zite - Like Feedly, it collects your favorite sites, but it additionally will suggest sites and articles based on what you have indicated as a good article.
Pocket - Have articles you find or are sent, but don't have the time to read it right then and there? Add it to your Pocket. Pocket stores websites you send to it. Twitter and Chrome both have extensions that make it super simple to send links to your Pocket so you can read it later.
EasyBib - Working on references? Scan the barcode of the book and then have the bibliography information for the book. Additionally, it will organize it in APA, MLA, or Chicago format. Easy to then e-mail to add to your references section of your paper.
Haiku Deck - A simple, yet powerful presentation maker and presenter. Focuses on the use of high resolution images and minimal text so that you are the focus of your presentation. Create on the iPad and present either on your iPad, or access from the web.
You will notice that some of these apps are paid apps. I did my best to focus on free apps because they were free when I downloaded them. I have few apps that everyone should get. First is, Apps Gone Free. It let's you know each day what apps have become free beyond the "Featured App of the Week" There are always great finds each day that are FREE! I also recommend the free App Tracker, which lets you add any of these apps to your tracking list to see if they drop in price or become free. While it cost $2, I highly recommend AppAdvice for news, updates, and lists of the new apps and the ones that are on sale. I recently purchased AppAdvice and the first app I downloaded because of it paid for itself in savings.