If you have a Windows Phone mobile, then you will already have access to the Microsoft Office suite of software from your home screen. These programs will let you create and edit documents, spreadsheets and even PowerPoint presentations, giving you perhaps the best set of word-processing and other tools on the market at the moment.
Android users can harness the power of Google Docs through a dedicated application, allowing them to use a word-processing program which is compatible with a wide range of file types. If you do not own an Android handset, then you can still point your phone’s web browser at the Google Docs site and enjoy similar functionality.
Evernote is a good app to download if you have an iPhone. The iPhone is recommended for this app because of the easy-to-understand interface that makes document editing a dream on your portable device. As with Google Docs, it can handle a range of different file types and will help you share and collaborate on projects.
Homework for Android is the best app to choose as a supplement to your physical diary. You can colour-code your commitments and see which subjects you need to complete work for over the coming weeks. It even lets you list the exams that you will have to face in the future. It will also hold and organise your entire timetable, with up to 20 lessons a day eligible for registration on the app.
iPhone owners will want to try out InClass, an app which features elements of homework and organisation but also allows you to share details through social networking. In this way, you and your classmates can identify useful titles for a particular subject and discuss the work that lies ahead of you. InClass can also be set to notify you with alerts when classes are about to begin so that you need never be late again.
Amazon Kindle is available for all major mobile platforms and lets you synchronise, read and buy both fiction and non-fiction books to enjoy on the move. Whatever your area of study is, this will keep you up to date.
If you have an iPhone, then the iOS equivalent of Kindle is iBooks, which is just as competently put together as Amazon’s service and offers a broad range of texts.
Many of these apps and others will be used by students in the coming years, changing the way they learn and the way that they organise their time when studying. The days of having to carry a large number of heavy books around schools and colleges may be nearly at an end.