I think that we should all take a moment to say “too bad, so sad” to all of our parents and grandparents this back to school season, as we realize that we have phone apps that they didn’t dream of having. Well, maybe don’t say that, but you’re definitely allowed to think it as you’re downloading these fantastic apps that are guaranteed to make your life so much easier. And, also, spend just a moment thinking about the fact that, in 25 years, kids will be saying to their parents, “LOL mom, how did you ever live without the Holographic Calcutextbook 5000?” (The names of futuristic technology always end in 5000.)
And, once that moment of pondering is over, head on over to that place where you get your apps and download these 5 that will probably change the way you learn forever.
1. Dance Alarm Clock
This app is so amazing, I might cry about it. It’s an alarm clock like any other, except, oh wait, IT’S NOT. It’s one of those alarm clocks that you hear about in fairy tales, that won’t stop going off until you physically lift yourself out of bed. I mean, yeah, it sounds like it would quickly climb the list of things that you hate dealing with in the morning; but just think of how many heart attacks you will avoid when you don’t oversleep! I need this, you probably need this.
2. Kno Textbooks
Say goodbye to heavy backpacks and misaligned spines because the Kno app is here to save you from a year of lugging around 100 different folders full of course material. Through means of magic (I assume), this app allows you to view all of your electronic course documents in PDF form. It also makes studying more interactive and less snooze-teractive with 3D graphs and automatic flashcards.
3. My GradeBook
For the student who doesn’t memorize every grade they’ve received in order to maintain an up-to-date mental calculation of their GPA, this app is everything. Instead of just hoping for the best outcome at the end of each semester, you can just have your robot (see: smartphone) get you an exact number. I love science, science is good.
Let’s be real, here: no one carries around physical dictionaries anymore. I actually don’t even own a physical dictionary anymore, because what’s the point when there’s all of this magical internet available? And, whether you’re in class or too lazy to go to your computer at home, having the dictionary app right at your fingertips will make you feel like you know all the words. All of them, even the pointless ones like “erinaceous,” which apparently means “headgehog-like.” Who ever says that?
5. Graphing Calculator
Graphing calculators are just another thing that you have to carry around, in addition to your books and disdain for teachers who give holiday homework. So ditch it and download the Graphing Calculator app, which transforms your smart phone into a calculator, Animorphs style. Okay, I guess not so much Animorphs style.
What a wonderful time to be alive. In the words of our forefathers: when you have a problem, remember that there’s an app for that.