5 iOS Apps Every College Student Needs

by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
It hasn't been that long since I was in college, but the dinosaur of a computer that I used to type up research papers in my dorm room would be a laughingstock on today's college campus. iPhones and iPads were still just a twinkle in Apple's eye. Today, though, most college students can't imagine living without an iPhone or iPad—and for good reason! They help you stay organized, keep in touch with friends and family, share photos, and communicate. They can also help you stay sane during your college years. Here's a roundup of 5 of our favorite iOS apps that we think every college student needs. Know of one we didn't list? Share it in the comments!

1. Amazon Student (free)

After signing your life away on student loans and tuition checks, there are still textbooks left to buy. Save money with Amazon Student, an app that allows you to scan barcodes of the textbooks you need in the campus store and compare prices online at Amazon.com. You can also use the app to trade in used textbooks. Need another reason to download Amazon Student? Free two-day shipping for college students. 'Nuff said.
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2. iHomework ($1.99)

Forget lugging around a planner. Let your iPhone or iPad do the work with iHomework for $1.99. It's an app that lets you coordinate your homework assignments, schedule your workflow, and keep track of deadlines. You can also log your grades so that you keep track of what your report card might look like at the end of the semester. Plus, you'll never miss class again, unless it's on purpose, with the built-in alerts for when class is about to begin.

3. Dictionary & Thesaurus (free)

No need to add a dictionary and thesaurus to your list of textbooks. Just download the Dictionary.com app for instant access to definitions and synonyms. Look up words while you're reading for class or listening to a lecture.

4. Mint.com (free)

Managing your finances is part of becoming an adult. But without some help, it can make your life more stressful. Mint.com is here to help you stick to your budget, avoid overdraft fees, and pay your bills on time. You can manage multiple financial accounts (including your checking, savings, and credit card accounts) all in one place.

5. AroundMe (free)

Unless you go to college in the town where you grew up, you'll need some help learning your way around a new city. AroundMe shows you where the nearest banks, hospitals, restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, and grocery stores are so that you can find your way around with as few U-turns and scenic routes as possible.

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