Productivity apps for college students

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It’s almost that time of year again for keg stands, toga parties, late nights and ramen noodle dinners—in a word, college. Somewhere in there you’ve got to make time for classes and studying, and with today’s technology, university students have access to tools that make the learning experience more efficient, enjoyable and adaptable—if you actually go to class, that is. The wizards filling up Apple’s App Store with productivity applications have provided students with a huge variety of apps that can help manage class schedules, find books and reading materials, and better stuff your brain full of information with study guides, flash cards and sophisticated note-taking applications. There are quite a few out there, so we’ve done our homework and picked out the choicest apps to help you get the most out of your education.With the fall semester about to get underway, here at McGraw-Hill Education we’ve been researching some of the top digital tools for college students, in partnership with online study network GradeGuru.com. Social media has found its way onto college campuses and into the classroom, with apps to help with everything from optimizing student studying and time management to locating interesting activities for students to do once they get to campus.Having trouble staying on task? Need outside help with simple things like writing a bibliography page? Not surprisingly, there are many online solutions for almost every aspect of your college life. No, there isn’t a free download that can cure your hangover from Saturday night, but there are plenty of online study aids that will get you through the rough spots. Below are 27 applications, tools and resources that will make you a more productive college student.

Here is our Top Ten Student Tools List for fall 2011:

1Share Your Board: Use this app to take a picture of the classroom whiteboard, make it into a readable PDF, add your own notes and send to friends.

2StudyTracker Pro (soon to be released): Since your GPA headlines your resume, it’s important to track your progress. Use StudyTracker Pro to help you manage study hours, exam and assignment grades, and judge how effective your study habits are.

3Foursquare for Universities: Connect with students, alumni, and staff, find new and interesting things to do, and earn rewards for exploring your campus and nearby areas.

4Pulse: Use this news reader app to stay informed and up to date by creating different pages based on your interests.

5Exam Support: Use this to focus, improve concentration, and beat back the rising tides of test anxiety through its “guided audio meditation.”

6Google Docs: Use one of the best online word processing and spreadsheets applications available to stay organized when working together on group assignments.

7gFlash + Flashcards and Tests: Use this app to create your own flashcards and share them with classmates as you study.

8Diigo: Use this to read and highlight information within text and images, create sticky notes and online conversations about websites, organize and share resources.

9Bubbl.us: Use this online mind mapping tool to represent words and ideas, organize your thoughts, and make plans.

10Twitter: Use Twitter to share your thoughts and collaborate inside and outside the classroom with peers and professors.

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