It comes as no surprise that the mobile apps market is flooded with educational options this time of year, as college students head back to school and look for ways to put their smartphones and tablet apps to good use.

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A new app automatically silences your phone during class.

And in case you weren’t aware: a recent survey from CourseSmart showed that 53 percent of college students said they would be more likely to complete required reading in time for class if it was available digitally or could be accessed on a mobile device. Eighty-eight percent of students said they have used a mobile device to study for a test at the last minute.

That’s a 10 percent jump from the number of students who admitted to mobile cramming last year. The results show a clear desire for more academically-geared mobile apps.

ConsumerReports.org has released its annual list of the latest free educational apps designed for students, and eCampus News staffers have picked out three apps that could prove most useful during the 2013-14 academic year.

Studious: this app, beyond simply allowing for better planning around homework and exam schedules, also lets students automatically silence their phones while in class. Students can load campus maps into their Studious apps for quick perusing while becoming familiar with the school’s layout.

If This Then That (IFTTT): a student can tell this app to send her a text message if it’s raining the following morning, reminding her to leave early for class. The IFTTT app syncs with 69 mobile apps, meaning a student can tell the program to send a text when they’re tagged in a Facebook photo or mentioned in a tweet.


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