7 Best Mac Apps for Education

Getting through – or rather, surviving – college takes a lot of work. College students are no strangers to using apps, after growing up in a digital world. When you go to college with a Mac – and who doesn’t love Apple student discounts! – you’ve got nearly as many app choices as on an iPhone.

What students need to know before and during college is which apps are going to help them study, work and play in the best way possible. Every app is different. What works for one person might not be as good for someone else. And you don’t want to end up with too many apps.

So we set out to answer the question: What are the best Mac apps to get you through college?

Let’s take a look at some of the best apps for college students in 2019. In particular, here are 7 of the best Mac apps for those studying or about to start college. 

7 best apps for college students 

1: XMind

College projects require planning. Especially when projects involve lots of moving parts, or other people, when they’re a group effort. Making the best of any project involves mapping out the various tasks and sub-tasks that need completing, and one of the most effective ways to do this is visually.

One of the must-have Mac apps for visualising projects is XMind. You can a robust and informative mind map. From that, there are two presentation modes (Walk through and Slide-based), to make presenting to a group easier, and there are numerous other useful features too, such as the ability to turn your thoughts into a Gantt Chart. Ideal for those complex projects with multiple mini-deadlines and assignments for other members of your team.

2: Findings

Findings is an apps for storing research notes in an easy-to-access open source format. It also syncs seamlessly with Dropbox. Put all of your notes in the same place. Findings is equally useful – with an iOS app as part of the package – for making lecture and lab notes, so record everything in this, and then download or refer to it along with other resources whenever you need them.

3: Numi

There’s math, and then there is higher-level math.

At college, depending on the courses you take, you might need more than your basic calculator. Numi is a macOS app that offers a completely different calculating experience. It makes the process of calculating elegant, simple and consistent. Use one of the best Mac apps to type what you need in a string and it calculates the results.

For students that often do higher-level math, this this elegant calculator app will save frequently used calculations, making your college math work slightly easier.

4: Studies

Studies is an educational macOS app that can help you achieve your learning goals. It is subject agnostic, so whatever you study — fine art, history, languages, law, mathematics, medicine or music — it’s one of the must-have apps for students in 2019.

Use it to create smart study notes, that can include audio, video, links and other resources. Digital flashcards that go beyond simple text notes. Upload and store resources in the app and export anything you need in a number of formats. Conveniently, Studies also comes with full iCloud synchronization, so anything on your Mac will sync with your iPhone or iPad.

5: Mate Translate

At college, you often meet people from other cultures, who speak other languages. Or you need to study a language, or use foreign language in a course. Not everyone is gifted with language skills. But that shouldn’t get in the way of your education.

With a powerful two-way language translation app, you can get an accurate translation for 103 languages – many popular ones, and some that are pretty rare. If you know how a word or phrase sounds, Mate Translate, this app on your Mac will play back your written text as spoken words. Pretty handy when trying to get your head around a new language.

6: PDFpen

PDFs are not the easiest documents to work with. And yet most college students have to deal with them, especially when searching for research in online journals or when a tutor sends you a PDF as part of a course. So take the pain out of needing to edit or turn PDFs into something else, with PDFpen.

With this app, you can make changes, fix typos, and even upload completely new information or images to a PDF. You can also use the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature to turn a scan into editable text. Making it loads easier to pull out a useful quote! Definitely worth downloading and trying out.

7: MathKey

MathKey is a macOS app that makes creating scientific reports and math documents an easy task. Very useful for math, physics, a computer science students. Simply write an equation with your mouse or your TrackPad and hit convert : your handwriting has been magically converted to LaTeX and MathML expressions. You can even use your mouse or TrackPad to write equations that will be instantly converted.

We know there are dozens, if not hundreds of others apps that students could every day, as well as many more you should download and try. We could be here all day. Within their categories and for those that are subject-specific, we think – and so do users and bloggers – that these apps are amongst some of the most powerful and useful around for students.

Anything that makes getting through college easier is worth downloading, and these apps certainly are.

James Dorian is a technical copywriter at Setapp. He is a tech geek who knows a lot about modern apps that will make your work more productive. James reads tons of online blogs on technology, business, and ways to become a real pro in our modern world of innovations. Follow him on Twitter.

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