I am mainly looking for apps which help increasing productivity and not the ones like Calculator, Periodic Table etc.

Apps which are good for taking notes, taking handwriting input.

  • This question is extremely broad. Could you please specify in more detail what you are looking for, which real world situations you are aiming to solve and at which solutions you've already looked (and why you did or don't like them)? – nohillside Nov 20 '13 at 12:11
  • made it more specific. – avi Nov 20 '13 at 15:33
  • Thanks for coming back but this is still rather generic. What will you do with the result, are you writing an article about choices, are you too busy to search yourself, are you just curious? There are tons of applications out there, what would they need to include to make them of special use for students (compared to business people for instance)? – nohillside Nov 20 '13 at 15:45
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    I'd say, if you explored and detailed in writing the problem you face - people can offer apps, or processes to use the built in apps to solve that problem. – bmike Nov 20 '13 at 15:56
  • I just got myself an iPad Air and I was looking for some useful apps. I found this but it has hardly any apps which would be helpful for a student or someone who is in academia. So I started this thread to know some good apps which can be of help to students. This question may be too broad or opinion based (like the other one), however it will help a lot of people. – avi Nov 20 '13 at 18:11

The above are some of the most essential ipad apps helping productivity for students.
For more details see here.

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  • nice list there! It would be more useful if you mention which all of them are free. – avi Nov 20 '13 at 11:14
  • @avi, updated the list with which all of them are free. – Azik Abdullah Nov 20 '13 at 11:33

Khan Academy:

  • Allows you to learn almost anything for free.
  • iOS app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 4,200 videos.

See also:

Khan Academy - Youtube Channel.

This blog entitled "Apps in Education" also contains a wealth of information that may assist you.


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