Going back to school after the summer break is always a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re going to be reunited with your friends after a summer of sitting indoors with both eyes glued to a computer screen. On the other hand, you’ve got double maths on a Monday with the grouchy deputy head, whose strictly enforced seating plan means you won’t get to sit anywhere near them.
The good news is that there are plenty of Android apps to help pump some enthusiasm back into the school day. Stepping in where new stationary had once been the primary source for optimism – with its modest promise of a new pencil case and a set of felt-tip pens – Android apps have upped the game with all sorts of handy classroom benefits.
Here are five of the most useful apps you can download – and what’s more, all of them are completely free:
myHomework Student Planner
You can be the cleverest kid in your class, but if you haven’t got your work organised it can still turn out a complete mess. myHomework Planner is an award-winning solution for keeping on top of your workload – from scheduling in deadlines to setting reminders and downloading notes and class information.
Evernote might be filed alongside basic note-taking apps, but its actually capable of a whole lot more. It’s likely to be particularly useful for university go-ers faced with long, intensive lectures which can be simply recorded within the app. You can also take photo notes for a more visual reminder and even except file attachments to view on your phone or tablet.
Are you a language student worrying that your vocabulary has gotten rusty over the summer? DuoLingo is a free language app for Android for scrubbing up on the basics and recognising your masculine words from your feminine. It’s so good that we still can’t really believe it’s free…
The days of sleeping in until lunchtime during the week are officially over, so you’re going to need a decent alarm clock to adjust to those early starts. We’ve heaped praise on Timely before here at Life of Android, but it really is the perfect app for waking up peacefully, without the shrill war cries of a traditional alarm clock ringing in your ears.
Here’s another app that we can’t quite believe is free – Kingsoft Office is a mobile tool that lets you view, edit and save Microsoft Office documents as PDF or TXT files. There’s also support for cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, so however and wherever your documents are saved, you’ll be able to access and tinker with them to your heart’s content.