While a necessary evil, doing homework is still highly time-consuming, which, at times, might get in the way of your plans for the evening or the weekend. Furthermore, there are times when the homework you need to do is too difficult, and you need some help solving it. Fortunately, if you have an iPhone or an iPad, there are numerous apps that can help you complete your homework and improve your teacher's opinion of you. Here are some of the best apps that can assist you with school-related home activities.
Let's start things off with a very simple app that is great to have around if you missed school and don't know your assignment. Fast Scanner is an application that allows you to take pictures of texts, then covert the document into PDF files that can be printed, emailed or stored in the cloud. The app doesn't have the best interface in the world, but it's easy to use and effective, so it's worth your time. The only disadvantage in using Fast Scanner is that it doesn't work very well with handwritten texts, so if you are trying to copy an already completed homework, you might have some problems
This one is a bit more useful to older students, as they are the ones who have to deal with bibliographies. One of the most painful parts of writing a large essay is compiling the bibliography at the end: it takes a lot of time, it's boring and it is not academically rewarding, really. EasyBib gives students an easier way to deal with this part of the homework by helping them format the list of references. The app provides over 7,000 citation styles, and all you have to do is type in the name of the book or insert a photo of its barcode, and the application will automatically generate the entry.
HwPic is great whenever your homework contains items that you don't know how to solve. Basically, all you need to do is take one or more pictures of your homework, load them into the app, and a live tutor will give you a step-by-step solution within 10 minutes. Furthermore, if you're in a hurry, there's an emergency option which will trigger a faster reaction from the tutor. However, don't think that having this app is a guaranteed away to cheat on your exams, because the tutors will not answer if they see the word "test" or "quiz". Moreover, if the pictures that you send are blurry or look like they've been taken under a desk, you will also not get a reply, so cheating is pretty much out of the question.
PhotoMath offers an easy way to solve math equations. All you have to do is take a picture of the equation that puzzles you, and you will receive not only the result, but also a step-by-step solution, so that you can learn how to solve it for yourself. PhotoMath is a bit controversial, as it doesn't have any cheating protection (you can use it during a test if you're wily enough), but the developers state that the main goal of the application is learning, and those who want to cheat will always find a way to do so, with or without the app. In case you're wondering how effective this tool is, it was the most downloaded app on the App Store for a long time. I already covered PhotoMath in a previous story, so you can check that out if you want more details.
Last on our list, WolframAlpha is an awesome tool for advanced students and even researchers. This application can help you perform complicated calculations, but it doesn't support photos, so you will need to type manually. The tool can work with complicated things such as differential equations or vector calculus and provides you with step-by-step solutions. But math isn't the only thing that WolframAlpha is good for. The app contains data on a variety of subjects ranging between trigonometry and astronomy to mythology and genealogy.
Truth be told, doing your own homework serves its purpose, because practice is the best way to learn and become proficient in anything, but everybody needs a little bit of help every once in a while. These apps are great and will help you lot, but don't abuse them, as you will most likely regret it during tests or in certain real-life situations. In case you're a student who prefers using a PC instead of an iOS device, you should check out Daisy's Useful Programs for Brilliant Students. Part I and Useful Programs for Brilliant Students. Part II.