Whether you are attending elementary, middle, high school or college, going back to school brings both excitement and challenges. To keep track of all of it, there are apps to help you out. You can easily record your homework and grades on the go, and read eTextbooks and take notes from your tablet and smartphone. Parents, too, can use these apps to make their child's life a little easier.
Students are always on the hunt for discounts. This app makes finding textbook and school supplies deals easy. You can get instant price-checks on textbooks and other school items by scanning the barcode. You can buy books (paper books) and sell them back when you're done in exchange for Amazon Gift Cards. A six month Amazon Prime membership (free two-day shipping) is offered for free via the Amazon Student program.
Free for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, desktop; prices for individual textbooks vary
CourseSmart allows you to purchase eTextbooks and presents them in format that is visually appealing and easy to navigate. Highlighting and annotating is easy and you can save notes as you read.
Free for iPhone
Keeping track of your grades has never been this easy. From the home screen of this app, you can add your classes along with assignments and exams and the percentage weighted to each assignment and/or exam to calculate your final grade. At any point in the course, you can view your current grade, and check it against the target you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. There’s also a GPA calculator so you can keep track of your overall performance.
Paper calendars are out of date. Now, you can keep track of all your classes and respective homework assignments with this app. Once you've added your classes and homework details, assignments are handily displayed in list format with due dates; you can also view them in calendar format. If you sign up for a myhomeworkapp.com account ($2 per year) you can set up due date notifications and sync your homework assignments across Android, Apple and any Internet-connected device.
Free for iPhone
The MySchool app is only useful if your school is already using it, but if that is the case, it can certainly make your life easier. (See the app's preview page for the most up-to-date list of schools, and to request your school be added if it's not there.) Once you have selected your school, you can consult its website, supply list (you can also add your own items), lunch menu, calendar, location and other news.