Midterm survival guide: iPhone apps

With college midterms on the horizon, we’ve sifted through the chaos of the app store and have selected four free, high-rated iPhone apps that will help you prepare for exams and projects on-the-go. Plus, we’ve included one 99-cent app that might help you wake up easier after that brutal, late-night study session.

Remember the days of flashcards strung together on a metal ring? Go digital this time around, with gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests. Through this app, you can make, download, and manipulate flashcards in every subject imaginable. Create and edit your own card sets in the app, or enter them into a Google spreadsheet, which can be downloaded and automatically made into virtual cards. gFlash also allows users to make multiple choice questions and to reverse Q&A cards, so you’ll know the material backward and forward. The entire database is easily backed up, too, so no worries about losing this set of flashcards.

To decode or not to decode, that doesn’t have to be the question. Much like the No Fear Shakespeare website, its iPhone app translates the classic author’s words into understandable, modern dialogue. The app provides free historical context, plot summaries, character descriptions, all sonnets, and the first scene of 18 of his best-known plays (but you’ll have to pay $0.99 to download each play in its entirety). When you’re not using this app to study, you can turn to it for Shakespearean insults – another free (and fun) feature of the app.

With all the to-do list apps on the market, it’s tough to find the right one – and a lot of the good ones cost money. But Wunderlist is a top-rated to-do list app that provides everything you could need – free! Organize, prioritize, and personalize tasks, then receive email alerts and push notifications for approaching and overdue items on your list. You can even share your lists with classmates and collaborate with them on your task list – perfect for group projects.


Gain access to complete courses from top universities, plus the world’s largest digital catalogue of free educational content, through the iTunes U iPhone app. iTunes U offers more than 500,000 free lectures, books, videos, and other resources. You can browse free courses in a ton of subjects, take notes and highlight text in iBooks, and access course material – from documents and presentations to audio and video. You can also view instructors’ assignments and check them off as you complete them.

* * *

A 99-cent investment: Most students know how it feels to be so exhausted that you’re convinced you reset your alarm in your sleep. If you’re the type of person who sets 10 alarms just to get up in the morning, Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock might be worth a try. This app will monitor and analyze your sleep movements, and then it finds the best time to wake you during the 30 minutes before you alarm is set to go off. It may not give you the hours of sleep you missed out on while you were studying late night, but it might make getting out of bed a little bit easier. Worth a try, right?