PadGadget Weekly Apps Series — Apps for College Students

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included five essential apps for college students in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for College Students

1. Notability ($0.99) – This note taking app from Ginger Labs has been around for awhile, giving the company plenty of time to perfect it. With this app you can take notes in a variety of helpful ways, ensuring that you’ll never miss anything important in a lecture. You can write with a stylus, annotate PDFs, type on the keyboard, draw diagrams and sketches, and even record the entire class so you can listen again later. Notability is the ultimate note taking app that will help you organize your thoughts, making it a must have for any college student.


2. Keynote ($9.99) – Much dreaded oral presentations and group projects are an important part of many college classes, so you’ll want to be prepared with Apple’s excellent presentation app. With Keynote, you can make impressive presentations, complete with animated charts and transitions. There are 12 different Apple designed themes that you can customize, adding your own fonts, animations, and style options. You can preview presentations right on your iPad, and then use video mirroring to present on any TV.


3. iA Writer ($0.99) – In college, it will seem like you have a non stop stream of papers and reports to write, which is probably actually accurate. You can make all that writing less painful with a fantastic writing app like iA Writer. Just pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard, and you can use your iPad for all of your university homework. iA Writer has an easy to use interface that looks great, making writing a pleasure rather than a chore. And for those of you who are easily distracted, it has a Focus Mode which only allows you to see three lines at a time, allowing you to concentrate on what you have to say.


4. OmniFocus for iPad ($19.99) – This app is a bit pricy, and it can have a slight learning curve to get used to how it functions, but you will find no better task management app in the App Store. This app can store all of your thoughts, ideas, and tasks in organized lists, so you’ll never miss a paper deadline or turn in your homework late. You can turn your tasks into projects and folders, adding as much hierarchy as you need to be organized, which will help you break those daunting end of semester reports into more manageable steps. You can set start dates, due dates, and repeating tasks, which will streamline your entire homework experience.


5. Day One – Journal ($4.99) – College is stressful, and there’s no better way to vent stress than to write in a journal. Day One is an digital journaling app that allows you to enter thoughts, memories, and photos, and then sync them to the cloud so you’ll always have access to them. Trust me when I say that one day, you’ll look back on your college experience fondly, and you’ll want to remember exactly how you felt during that time in your life. Day One is a fantastic way to preserve those important memories, and it’s also fun to create a chronicle of your life.


Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

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