9 Free Back to School Apps for Students

Get through the school year with these great apps

An image of a child looking at his smartphone while studying.

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Summer never lasts long enough for kids, and it can be a stressful time to get everything in order so that students have new clothes, school supplies, dorm stuff and... back to school apps?

It's a fairly recent trend, but yes, even the youngest of students can benefit from the wide range of mobile apps that are available today for both smartphones and tablets. Perhaps one day, even all textbooks will come in app format.

Here are none apps for every primary, high school, and even college student in your family to check out.

And because it's pretty common sense that students don't have much of a budget to work with, you can download all of these apps for free (with many offering upgrade options for a small fee).

A screenshot of MyHomeworkApp.com.
MyHomeworkApp.com.

Remember when calendar planners were popular at school? Well, now students can take all their homework and schedule planning to the digital world with the myHomework app.

Not only is it incredibly powerful and intuitive to use, but it also features beautiful layouts for both smartphones and tablets. With the free version, students can track their assignments, get due date reminders, receive rewards for completing homework and more.

For a small upgrade of $4.99, students can enjoy an ad-free app experience while gaining access to more theme options, a file attachment feature, enhanced app widgets and external calendar access.

Available on:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • Android Tablets
  • Kindle
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Chromebook
A screenshot of StudyBlue.com.
StudyBlue.com.

The StudyBlue app was created for students to easily make virtual flashcards with both text and images. No more making flashcards manually.

This app offers a plethora of additional features too like study stats, a search function, reminders, a study saver, messages and even an offline mode. You can even have a look through other student-created flashcards and flashdecks to use for yourself in your own studies.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
A screenshot of Quizlet.com
Quizlet.com.

Similar to StudyBlue, Quizlet is designed to make studying as easy, fun and effective as possible. You can create your own study materials (flashcards, tests, games) or browse through its vast library of materials created by other users.

For those who struggle with the old fashioned textbook study strategy, Quizlet proves to be an ideal alternative for the fact that it supercharges the learning experience with both audio and video components. There's even an offline study feature that lets students use the app while they're on the go with no internet connection.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
A screenshot of Dictionary.com.
Dictionary.com.

Essay writing got you down? You’ll probably need a good dictionary and thesaurus to get the job done faster, and lucky for you this app has both rolled into one.

You get access to over two million words and can even use the “Word of the Day” feature to improve your vocabulary. These apps even work offline, so you can rest easy knowing you can look any word up without an Internet connection.

Available on:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
Two screenshots of the EasyBib app on an iPhone.
The EasyBib app on an iPhone.

How much do you love writing bibliographies for all your essay assignments? Probably not very much.

EasyBib seeks to take as much pain and suffering out of that task as possible but providing students with a free tool to generation citations. Automatically generate and export your citations from 56 different sources in over 7,000 styles.

Imagine how much time you'll save!

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
A screenshot of Evernote.com.
Evernote.com.

Evernote is one of the most popular productivity tools used today. It’s perfect for busy students that need to organize homework with work and social events.

You can organize all of your notes, sound files, photos, email messages and so much more in a way that can be easily accessed any time you want, from any device. It has a unique tagging system to help identify everything, which is what makes it such an ideal organization tool and even lets you collaborate with other Evernote users—making it ideal for group projects.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Mac
  • Windows
A screenshot of Evernote.com.
Evernote.com.

Claiming to be the best digital note-taking app for the iPad, this is a wonderful app for students who need to write everything they learn in class down in extreme detail. You may never need another paper notebook again when you use it.

Part of Evernote, the app is designed only for the iPad only at this moment so iPhone and Android users may have to stick with the old fashioned notebook and pen for now. You can use your finger or purchase an iPad pressure instrument to write and scribble down notes or diagrams.

Available on:

  • iPad
A screenshot of Google.com.
Google.com.

Cloud storage is a savior for students, allowing them to share stuff with group members while keeping files updated for access across several devices. And of course it's the ultimate solution to avoid losing work in the event of a computer crash.

Everyone uses Google, so Google Drive will keep all your stuff safely tucked away in the cloud for you. In fact, you get 15 GB of free storage when you sign up for a Google Drive account—one of the best cloud storage offerings available right now that's free of charge.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Mac
  • Windows
A screenshot of IFTTT.com.
IFTTT.com.

Once you start using IFTTT, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Lots of people use it to cross-post the same content on their social channels, but students can create trigger actions for all sorts of other academic and student life purposes.

Get automatic weather updates via email to prepare for that college football game, auto-generate new notes in Evernote from your Speak notes you took in lecture classes, or turn your Google Calendar events into Todoist tasks.

It also offers an additional suite of apps worth checking out for more specific actions.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android