Must Have Apps for Surviving High School

Getting through high school can seem like an overwhelming task. You’ve got to fit in, look right, get good grades, and complete endless amounts of homework, reports, and projects. It’s not easy, but if you’ve got an iPad, there’s quite a few apps out there that can help you out.

If you’re in high school, or if you have a child in high school, make sure to take a look at this list of apps for surviving high school. It’s filled with study aids, tools, and even a solution for letting off a bit of steam.

iStudiez Pro ($0.99) – iStudiez is an app that has been designed specifically for students, unlike other organizational apps. With this app, you can create a comprehensive schedule that includes all of your courses, lectures, labs, tasks, and deadlines. You can use the app to plan homework assignments, outline projects, and more, and with all of your information right at your fingertips, you’ll never miss a class or a homework assignment again, which will put you on the right track towards excellence. After all, getting that homework done is half the battle.


Flashcards+ (Free) – This is the most popular and the most highly rated flashcard app in the App Store. In high school, straight memorization is an essential part of passing classes like Biology, History, and Spanish, and this study aid is guaranteed to improve your test scores. This app allows you to create and study flashcards without needing to kill trees and waste paper. It utilizes Quizlet’s database of 8.5 million decks, so in a lot of cases, you won’t even need to create your own cards. It’s also got a human voice synthesizer, which is ultra handy.


Graphing Calculator HD ($1.99) – Those graphing calculators that you have to buy for classes like algebra and calculus can be prohibitively expensive. This app can do everything that a Ti–83 can do, and it costs just a fraction of the price. Graphing Calculator HD provides an powerful scientific calculator with an easy to use interface. You can use it to plot and trace equations on a graph, and with pinch gestures, it’s easy to explore the graph in real time. A custom keyboard allows you to enter equations and mathematical expressions quickly, and you can even keep high resolution screenshots for later use.


Penultimate Penultimate($0.99) – You’ll be taking an endless amount of notes in high school, and a note taking app like Penultimate can help keep everything organized and in one easy to access place. With a stylus, using Penultimate is almost like writing on paper, making it perfect for quick note taking, sketches, and ideas. Penultimate has the best interface of any writing app in the App Store, and its ink and paper options are entirely unparalleled. Keep your notes in order with notebooks for every topic, project, or class.


A Monster Ate My Homework ($0.99) – Everyone needs to unwind at the end of a long, stressful day, even high school students. There are plenty of games in the App Store, but in this one, monsters have stolen your homework, and it’s up to you to get revenge. You’ll swipe, throw, and knock monsters around to get them back, which is a lot of fun. The game comes with 105 fully 3-D levels, for a never ending stream of monster smashing fun.

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  • Dolphan

    The graphing calculator one is nice but I cant use my Ipod on the SAT or ACT!!!! So I have to buy one anyway.

    • Juli Clover

      Yeah, that’s a really good point. I doubt some high school classes will let you use an iPod on a test too. I’d suggest borrowing one for the test dates, but it’s important to know all of the functions beforehand. It’s good to have the app as a backup, anyway. :)