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These days a tablet or smartphone is as essential for school or college students as a backpack. There are apps for taking notes, sharing files, recording lectures, managing your tasks along with revision apps, citation & bibliography apps, organisation apps, as well as the usual social offering.

Here's a selection of the best student apps to improve your productivity and learning.

    From visiting the developer’s website it explains that this app is aimed at helping students in their preparation for taking the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE. This is a computer-based program that a large number of graduates take in the US and its aim to help gain a better understanding of their potential in the workplace. Within the test there is quite a large emphasis on the ability to understand and use English language correctly, and so this app helps students in this by aiding them in areas such as reading comprehension and the ability to write successful, detailed essays. The app is described as focussing on the 440 most frequently encountered words on the GRE and its aim is to help those graduates wishing to undertake the test a multi- sensory approach to this. The app is clearly aimed at this purpose and these reasons, however, that does not mean that the content and the approach cannot be used to help other users from improving their own abilities in regards to the English Language regardless of whether they are taking the test or not.

    Devices: iPad

    The application News-O-Matic EDU can only be best described as an interactive Daily Newspaper for children. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe. The application is free from in-app adverts and in app purchases and the content supports various languages. This application is a subscription based service, however, users can try the application before committing to a subscription.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    TYPESY is an application that supports the unique typing software that will improve your typing speed and proficiency.     In an ever growing society of digital platforms, student e-portfolio assignments and digital dissertations the requirement in school and the working environment to become more proficient in typing has never been greater. This software is free from in-app adverts and has a one-off payment for both home and office. Educational institutions and businesses may benefit from generous discounts when the software is used on a larger scale. 

    Devices: iPad

    ONLYOFFICE by Ascensio Systems is a complete school and business based cloud and on-site document management system. The application is available over a number of platforms and comes in a range of free and subscribed packages. This cloud service is compatible with MS Office formats and comes in at an affordable subscription price compared to others. The application if free from in app adverts and is available in a number of different languages.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Smart Vocabulary is an app aimed at growing and refining a student's range of vocabulary in preparation for college entrance tests but anybody who would like to expand their knowledge of lesser-used words could also learn a lot from it.

    Devices: iPad

    Studyo is the ultimate teacher and student app planner suitable for schools, colleges and home life. Studyo acts as a central hub for student tasks, assignments and exams based on your school’s specific calendar, schedule and courses. Many schools have adopted Studyo to prepare students for the demands of school life, replacing paper planners and other solutions, complementing school’s administrative and Learning Management systems. This application comes with no in-app purchases or adverts.

    Devices: iPad

    TypeDojo is a web-based application developed to teach the user to type with speed and accuracy. The extremely comprehensive set of exercises are all timed and are based around groups of key words for example "Dolch Words' and 'Site words'. The user has the opportunity to have a "Certificate of Accomplishment" printed off to certify their proficiency in keyboarding. The application is designed for Primary School children but could be used at any age as a refresher to sharpen up your keyboarding skills.

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    Smoovie Stop Motion is a unique application that is a professional, innovative animation platform to be used by classrooms, families and animators around the world. The app brings stop motion animation to a range of ages with an intuitive user interface, simple software and in-app teacher resources. The platform includes instant playback, audio and video, onion skinning, scenes, film strips and much more. The app comes with no in-app purchases or adverts.

    Devices: iPad

    A scientific and graphical calculator in one - this app is designed to replicate the HP Prime Graphing Calculator.  It includes core functions needed at GCSE level such as powers, roots, logarithms, trigonometric functions, etc. and combines this with graphical features encountered after children have left secondary school.  It extends the scope of a traditional scientific calculators with its built in Apps library.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Students wearing headphones don't have to just be listening to music.  With this app, they can be revising very effectively wherever they are. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Google Classroom can be utilized by any eLearning professionals and online educators who have already created a Google Apps for Education account for free. In essence, Google Classroom is designed to give online facilitators, content creators and educators the ability to go paperless and centralize their eLearning materials in one cloud-based location.

    Devices: Android

    This app is part of a school-wide service that can make the setting, administering and monitoring of homework much easier.  Schools subscribe to the service that can then be accessed on mobile devices and computers by staff, students, and parents.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    There are many situations where we need to absorb information quickly.   Picking out important points of detail, absorbing the gist of a piece of text and finding keywords are all tasks that could be done at the leisurely pace at which we read our favourite books but are ideally done with more efficiency.  Reading Trainer offers a little and often approach to developing a faster and more efficient reading ability.  Ideal for students to improve revision skills, develop better research methods and become a more independent learner.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Typing fingers is a great app attempting to catch children at an early age to develop the much undermined skill of keyboarding, an absolutely essential digital skill, that is sadly overlooked in many an educational system. The gamification of this particular app is another good example of how enhancing a basic skill can be developed by the motivation to win, gain prizes and get to the next level!

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Hear how letter sounds, words and sentences are pronounced by using this app to read them out to you.

    Devices: iPad

    Create 3D worlds on a computer and then explore them using this app and, optionally, a virtual reality headset. Teachers and children can be creative as they bring aspects of their lessons to life in their 3D scenes.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Inspire Flash Cards by Gamer Parents is an app that can help the parent or educator interrupt the child in their engagement on social media or games to answer a set of pre assigned questions which must be answered before the child continues, the speed and accuracy of the answer will determine the next interruption. This app is clearly targeting the child that spends a lot of time on digital devices. 

    Devices: Android , iPad

    A powerful, flexible and pleasing to look at scientific calculator that is built around the concept of being easy to use.  A variety of additional convenience functions can make your student's work with it easier and more productive.

    Devices: iPad

    This app teaches children how to use technology without harming their health through poor posture and overuse.  To help them remember and employ what they learn, Ergobreak 4 Kids prompts them to take an Ergobreak at user-defined intervals.

    Devices: iPad

    Study Flash cards app is the ultimate flash card revision tool and study aid for students and professionals. The app creates flash card study aids using a number of different options such as text, audio, pictures and in-app content sharing. This is a great app for those who need to memorize factual information for learning a new language, preparing for an exam or that important presentation or interview. The app has a number of easy to use options that allow you to organize your cards, shuffle, export, listen to and so much more.

    Devices: iPad