Human race has entered the era of high technologies. Today we make use of various digital devices and software products. The competition in the field of information technologies has produced very useful things. Let’s take a look at some apps for Android that are used by students. The following list includes some out of hundreds excellent apps available for Android that will benefit any student.


1. Wikipedia

The most comprehensive free encyclopedia is now offline. You can browse different topics, look at pictures and find definitions very easily. Don’t forget to check the references in order to make sure that the information is credible since Wikipedia is rather an educational and not an academic project.

2. Wolfram Alpha

It was created in 2009 as an answer engine. It provides an answer to any possible question from various fields through calculation of structured information. Wolfram alpha isn’t similar to Google search; it is actually a new tool that could be used to analyze information in a prompt manner. Interestingly enough, now you can even create statistics for your own Facebook profile. The only disadvantage is that this app is not free and can be bought for $3.

3. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

This is one of the most popular dictionaries with a very long tradition dating back to the 19th century. It is completely offline. You are able to check your spelling, search for synonyms and antonyms, listen to the pronunciation of each word, etc. It also provides examples of sentences for each word.

4. Kindle for Android

Created by, Kindle is the modern way to read classical books. You can also  read magazines and newspapers there. Kindle allows you to read The Economist besides The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne, Politics by Aristotle, War and Peace by Tolstoy, no matter where you are. There is a build-in dictionary as well, besides many more functions.

5. Virt U: The Virtual University

This is on of the best apps to browse a wide range of academic lectures (provided even at Harvard or Berkeley) in any possible field. You could search for some topic, add it to your favorite lectures and then download and watch. The social dimension of the app is also very well developed: you are able to connect with your classmates, follow their reading activities, comment lectures together with them, ask questions or provide answers on the forums. The previous version of Virt U required you to log in to a Facebook account; now it is just one of the options.

6. World Atlas

It is always useful to know more about different countries in the world, whatever you are studying. World atlas contains much more than just the countries officially recognized by the UN (because many dominant territories have been included). Easy for navigation, it proposes facts about all countries and their capitals, maps, travel info, and even quizzes. If you want to use maps, you should install Google maps on your device.

Despite some discrepancies and obvious mistakes (e.g., Cyprus is located in… Asia; Southern Sudan is excluded), World Atlas seems to be quite an appropriate application to use in your studying or just for satisfying your curiosity.

7. Algebra Tutor

Are you worried about your mathematical abilities? Do you often forget how to conduct complicated mathematical operations, like exponentiating exponents or converting decimal notation to scientific notation? Then Algebra Tutor is just for you, because it not only makes calculations for you, but also teaches what to do, why and when. Certainly, it is the app that every natural science or engineering student should have.

8. Cam Scanner- Phone PDF creator (incompatible with tablets)

One of the main activities of every student is scanning documents (lectures, notes), isn’t it? If you don’t have a scanner or a fax machine, you can still scan your documents through this very useful app. Besides scanning, there are also other useful functions such as color enhancement, creating PDF, etc.

There are two disadvantages of this app though. First, it isn’t compatible with tablets; second, there is a more advanced version, which is paid. Notwithstanding, teachers and students can use the full version freely.

If you don’t have a smartphone, there is another option: an app called Mobile Doc Scanner Lite, although it is not as good as Cam Scanner.

9. Physics Reference

Finally, let’s briefly analyze two science apps. The first one deals with main concepts, principles, and theories in Physics. It teaches you some useful material, and also checks your knowledge, from gravitation to quantum mechanics.

10. Chem Doodle Mobile

Another application is related to Chemistry. With the help of it, you are able draw chemical structures, calculate properties, etc. It also helps you calculate molecular formulate, molecular mass, average molecular polarizability, and so on.

Again, there is one disadvantage, requiring a ChemDoodle’s account, which costs $70; there are some discounts for students ($35), but comes with restricted functions and is limited to a 1 year period. Without this account you can only draw, without saving your drawings.

There are also many other apps related to popular science (e.g. Nasa app, Google sky, etc.). You may use the list provided above as a starting point only to search for your own apps (the most appropriate for your goals). Good luck!

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Posted by Keith G

Keith G. is a former teacher that now work for, a website that provides essay examples and term paper samples for high school and university students.

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