iPad For College

With the release of the iPad mini, more students are considering picking up an iPad to help them in college.  While this powerful tool can help you in college, you will need to ensure that you prepare the device to help improve your experience.

JP Mangalindan FORTUNE’s writer asks which is America’s 11th largest tech company (It’s Apple’s iPad) – Just how lucrative has Apple’s iPad become?  Let’s put it this way: if the tablet were spun off into a standalone business, it would be the 11th largest U.S. tech company.  And will educational adoption project its healthy sales growth?  Apple is working hard to stay on top, take for example their heavily criticized Maps software:

Off to a Good Start

iPad In CollegeA good starting point will be to ensure that you have the best apps in place to help you with your education.

If you are looking to cut down your costs, you can start off with some free Apps that are going to prove to be useful on your iPad mini:

  • Evernote for instance will give you the ability to track events you need to attend, while taking notes and creating a checklist of the homework you have been assigned and when they are due.
  • InClass will be another great choice for you to add to your device. It is designed to work on the iPad IOS 6 and can help you to record video of lectures, capture audio and ensure that you have the best notes possible from your course.  Best of all, it comes with a calendar that will help you to keep track of assignments.

When you are using the free Apps on the market, just be sure you pay close attention to the limitations they have.

What you are going to find is that while some will give you a powerful tool, others are going to require you to make in App purchases to gain access to what you need.  In some cases, this can be more than you would have to invest for better apps on the market.

A few Success Enhancers

A powerful word processor is going to be required when you are in college and you will need to ensure you have a program you can count on.  While it does cost about $10, it will be well worth the money.

Simply attach a keyboard to your iPad mini, you can begin to type up your homework and print it off with ease.  Of course, college is also about social interaction and this app will allow you to create flyers for events that can help to gather a group of people.

Some simple Power Ploys

iPad for Colleges

                                 iPad for College – Technology Advances in Education
                                                        Courtesy: triptronictech.com

Naturally, Apple also added a powerful tool to the latest versions of the iPad that will prove to be useful to students.  The iPad Siri has the ability to remind students when items are due, set alarms to ensure you make your classes on time and help you to better prioritize all you have to do.  Best of all, when college becomes too problematic, you can turn to the iPad Siri app and she can give you something to laugh about.

In addition to the iPad mini, you will find that some additional accessories will also prove to be useful for your college endeavors.  When choosing options, you do need to ensure that they will work with the iPad IOS 6.  This is important as some older accessories can be picked up online that may be incompatible with the latest operating system.

The Keyfolio will be one of the better choices students will have to choose from.  This case props up the iPad mini to resemble a traditional laptop with a functional keyboard.  When you combine this with a stylus for handwritten notes on your system, you should find that you have a system in place that will help you to be successful in your college courses.

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14 Responses to “iPad For College”

  1. William says:

    I agree completely with Mel – it could be that I’ve just not adjusted to taking notes on the iPad, and if I were to try it I might get used to it, but I don’t think it’ll ever, as you say, have the flexibility and I doubt the speed would ever be as good for me with good ole pen and paper. Plus, using Evernote is incredible – getting any notes (and everything else) transcribed into that app is so useful, and it’s there forever, with backup copies you never have to worry about. You can tag entries, you can search your notes, you can organise them – it’s a great tool.

  2. Douglass says:

    Everything is very interesting with very clear explanations of the iPad challenges. I liked your tips on the mini iPad and found it was really informative. Your website is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!

  3. Mario Strawser says:

    I use an iPad in college now and I find it very practical, for me at anyway. I know friends here and students at my University use iPad all the time with no issues! I really love my iPad!

  4. Mel says:

    I used my iPad to take notes in a chem class and in anthropology. I found it too difficult to use in my calculus class. I typed out all of my notes (with the virtual keyboard) during anthropology and used the Bamboo stylus to handwrite my notes during chemistry. It worked very well and I plan on using my iPad again during the spring semester.

  5. Cal Bergen says:

    I had an iPad when I was in college a couple years ago and I just didnt think it was at all practical, for me at least. I know people here and at my University use iPad all the time with no issues for note-taking but it wasn’t for me. I needed to write equations, graphs quickly and I found the iPad too awkward for me in that regards; pen/pencil and paper were still quicker. I did use my iPad for studying though – reading pdfs and highlighting, so it was pretty useful in that aspect.

  6. Mr Algebra says:

    I’d recommend webFluidMath. I’ve used FluidMath on a Tablet PC for a couple of years and have been waiting eagerly for their iPad version. webFluidMath works great on the iPad. Its actually a pretty fantastic app — just write your math and it solves and graphs, just like a graphing calculator but without having to push buttons. You can try their demo at fluidmath.net

  7. Writing papers is really a great app. I also love FlySmacker and my kids love Toy Store Delivery Truck. Cant wait to see what comes out with iO6 and the iPhone 5.

  8. R Sahi says:

    Thank You For this great article ! I’m a college student who is trying to decide if an ipad is a good investment for school. Your article definitely gave me a lot of information on how I can use the ipad for college. Thanks

  9. Gregory says:

    Thanks for the tips re Best iPad Apps for College. I also heard audio note is good but trying to decide if to get that or pages or office suite now as I am doing psychology and want a processor that has the apa format.

  10. Chelsea Jenkins says:

    Hi Lionel having an iPad for College Instead of Laptop? I’ve been wondering if this is Bad Advice! I love my iPad but that thought of having one without a ‘proper’ computer – be it WIndows or Mac – is laughable.

    • Lionel says:

      Hi Chelsea, thanks for your your comments – the iPad is awesome. And in the near future it may well be enough computer for anyone but the most technical of science students. For now however, it will still hamstring a student enough that to suggest a student should forgo a laptop and opt for an iPad instead is just… wrong!

  11. KO says:

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