6 Awesome Free iPad® Apps for College Students

The iPad® is a handy tool whose features are limited only by the available applications and your imagination.iPad, apps, applications, college students, learning, notes, tools

For college students in particular, the tablet can help you in several ways—from classroom learning to studying and test preparation. Whether you need assistance with research or flashcards to help you get ready for a big exam, there are numerous free apps you can download.

If you want to make the most of your iPad, check out the following list of applications, which will help you harness the power of the device and improve your educational experience.

1. Evernote

Billed as a “productivity” app, Evernote allows you to:

  • Take notes
  • Make recordings
  • Create to-do lists
  • Record voice reminders
  • Sync notes across multiple devices
  • Scan documents

Evernote’s features can help you stay organized and give you to access all your notes on the go.

2. Quizlet

Quizlet is an interactive study aid that allows you to create electronic flashcards. It’s especially useful for memorizing new vocabulary words, and it provides access to more than 50 million sets of flashcards.

An audio option helps with pronunciation, and an offline feature allows you to use the app even when you don’t have an internet connection.

3. iTunes U

With access to free courses from several universities, iTunes U is useful for a deeper dive when you’re researching a particular subject.iPad, apps, applications, college students, learning, notes, tools

The resources available through iTunes U include:

  • Lectures
  • Videos
  • e-books
  • Course materials

The app also enables instructors to create their own courses for the iPad and house large amounts of information and data in one place. It also gives students the chance to interact within the classes.

4. Zinio

Zinio is another research tool that provides free access to more than 5,000 digital magazines from across the globe.

Whether your area of study is in marketing, business, technology or hospitality, you’ll be able to keep up with the latest industry trends and happenings with Zinio.

New articles are posted daily, and you can download stories to read when you’re offline.

5. QuickVoice Recorder

Recognized by Consumer Reports for its functionality, QuickVoice Recorder allows you to:

  • Record and save audio of lectures
  • Email files (up to 5 megabytes) to yourself
  • Take voice memos
  • Use other apps while recording
  • Set reminders for playback

QuickVoice Recorder is a nice app to have for reviewing and organizing your notes from class.

6. Smarthinking

An online tutoring service, Smarthinking provides live support for students in need of help with a range of subjects.

The app allows you to drop in at any time and get help, and is especially helpful for those who need assistance with writing—you can submit paragraphs or essays for individualized critiques.

You can get one-on-one support from tutors and use virtual whiteboard technology with the Smarthinking app.

Other Education Apps to Consider

The list above is but a snippet of the range of educational applications available to students.iPad, apps, applications, college students, learning, notes, tools

Other apps you may want to consider downloading include:


Allows you to download e-books from VitalSource.

Khan Academy

Features a library of more than 4,200 videos and articles on a variety of subjects.


Works with Evernote (see above) and allows you to “write” on digital documents.


A useful app for uploading, downloading and sharing large files.


A popular video service that allows you to interact with anyone, anywhere in the world.


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