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The best back to school apps for Android, iOS

There is a great selection of mobile apps out there to help students of all ages organize and boost their studies.
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EasyBib

As students advance in their studies, they will often be required to learn how to cite sources properly. To reduce the often-hours this process can take, EasyBib will help them create bibliographies in a range of standards and styles quickly.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Here comes the bus

One for parents with children at schools in the scheme, Here comes the bus is a mobile application which allows parents to track their child's journey from the bus stop to school -- keeping worry at bay.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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CamScanner

A useful app especially for older students, CamScanner takes advantage of a smartphone or tablet's camera to capture texts and images in a digital format -- useful if students need to take notes or references on the go.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Dictionary.com

Exactly what it says on the tin -- Dictionary.com's mobile app is a useful tool for students who need to quickly look up and find word definitions. The app also provides translation into other languages, pronunciation help and spelling suggestions.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Google Drive

Google Drive is not just a handy application for students, but anyone in today's day and age. If you join up on the platform, you can use the cloud service to create documents such as word files or presentations, save work and share files with others.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Drive

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Dropbox

Dropbox is a file repository system which can be useful for students who want a cloud-based backup of their work or a way to safely transfer assignments and project work to others. Once you've signed up for an account, you can take advantage of free storage and easy sharing through simple links.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Duolingo

While there are many language learning resources out there -- such as the brilliant but expensive Rosetta Stone -- there are also handy, basic apps available which can help students either learn a language or reinforce lessons. Duolingo is one such application, which while basic, can be used on the go as a supplementary learning resource.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Photomath

While you shouldn't rely on this app to do all of your math for you, Photomath is another interesting app which takes advantage of your mobile device's camera. If you find a mathematical formula you need the answer to, simply take a picture and the software will answer the problem for you, complete with a step-by-step guide.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Evernote

A top pick for students who need help with organization, Evernote is a popular app which lets users capture notes, create lists, save items for reading later and sync across all of their mobile devices. The app also includes extended functionality with additional space and searches in the premium version.

Price: $Free [in-app purchases]

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Flashcards with Cram

When exam time rolls around, revising also needs to happen. The Flashcards with Cram application can help students quickly produce handy flashcards for printing and usage to help students remember key points with less stress.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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iTunes U

Apple's iTunes U remains a strong contender as a valuable app for studies. The iTunes U platform acts as a teacher-student communication system for grades, assignments and chat sessions.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free learning resource which is likely to prove valuable for study. The app brings together over 10,000 exercises and tutorials -- including videos -- practice questions and articles in subjects including math, economics and science, among others.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular processors used for study, so why not have a mobile version for work on the go? The app can be used for standard Microsoft Office tasks -- such as writing, creating spreadsheets and presentations -- but make sure your mobile device can handle the app's power demands to download individual Office apps.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store [alternative: MS Word] | Google Play

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My Study Life

Every student needs a planner -- and now with the expansion of smartphones and tablets, they don't have to be paper-based. My Study Life is a free alternative which lets students input their schedules, homework due dates, add reminders and store backups of important assignments through the cloud.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia, a community-driven encyclopedia, is a well-used resource for people seeking a basic understanding of different topics. While the resources on the website and searchable through the Wikipedia app are not 100 percent accurate, the platform is still valuable to learn a little about new topics due to be studied.

Price: $Free

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a sophisticated app which, while you must pay for it, is likely to prove close to essential for advanced studies. The app connects to the Wolfram computational engine to generate answers for topics ranging from math to science, engineering, IT and life sciences.

Price: $3

Via: Apple App Store | Google Play

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