30 best apps for college students

Best reference apps

Giant reference books are tools of the past thanks to the internet, and now you can take them with you everywhere. We've found a small bunch of reference apps that we've deemed the best (plus an app that's more of a graphing tool) so you don't have to do all the digging yourself.

16. Dictionary.com

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

Stuck on a word in class? This handy app is incredibly useful and surprisingly thorough and fast. Peruse the whole dictionary and even the thesaurus, plus listen to audio pronunciations for when you come across words like "floccinaucinihilipilification." (Don't know what that word means? Download the app and look it up! No cheating and using your computer though).


17. ReferenceME

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

Bibliographies are quite possibly one of the worst things about writing papers. ReferenceME therefore, is a fantastic app to have on hand as it can scan a barcaode then email the biblio to you for easy essay input. ReferenceME creates Bibliographies and Citations/Footnotes for Harvard, Chicago, Vancouver, MHRA, MLA, Oxford and APA.


18. Quick Graph

Price: Free

Available on: iOS

Graphic calculators are pretty pricey but not if you download Quick Graph. It's capable of quickly displaying equations in both 2D and 3D, in all standard coordinate systems: cartesian, polar, spherical and cylindrical, which can be copied, emailed or saved to the photo library.

Quick Graph

19. Wolfram Alpha

Price: $2.99 (£1.92, AUD$3.31)

Available on: iOS, Android

Wolfram Alpha uses its massive collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports covering topics like statistics to linguistics and even colors.

Wolfram Alpha

20. Visual Anatomy Lite/Visual Anatomy Free

Price: Free

Available on: iOS, Android

Visual Anatomy is a well made app providing science students with an amazingly comprehensive image and info database of the human anatomy. The app features 58 high-resolution images and more than 300 feature points which can be interactively selected with its own labels and little descriptions.

Visual Anatomy