24 best iOS apps for school, college or university

Forget lugging round a heavy laptop – with our hand-picked selection of apps, your iPad, with its amazing battery life, is the perfect study companion for uni or college

21. University Apps

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Add audio to written notes
Price: From Free
Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Uni apps

Lots of universities have their own apps, which can include lecture timetables, student union events, maps and more. Search for your uni's name on the App Store to see if it's there.

Two other useful ones worth knowing about when you're deciding which university to go to are the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education and Prospectus Library.

22. Notability

Never miss a thing in a lecture again
Price: £1.99
Works with: iPad
Size: 17.2MB


No matter how fast you type, you're never going to note down everything that's said in a lecture. But when using Notability, it doesn't matter, because as well as letting you type notes as you go along, your iPad makes an audio recording of the lecture, so you can always go back to listen over bits you missed.

Better still, you can tap any point in your notes and play what was being said at the time you wrote it – no need to listen through the whole recording to find the bit you're after.

23. Papers

Manage research resources
Price: £10.49
Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Size: 11.1MB


Reading research papers is a key part of most degrees, but it's easy to lose track of useful ones you find. Papers works on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, and is a one-stop-shop for finding, organising and annotating papers you find as you go about your research for essays and dissertations.

24. Dropbox

Access all your work from anywhere!
Price: Free
Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Size: 8.7MB


When you're working on multiple machines – as you inevitably will be – you need some way of syncing your files between them all. Dropbox, which offers 2GB of online storage space for free, allows you easy access to your stuff on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, as well as on any computer using its app or a web browser.