It might be summertime, but it’s never too early to plan ahead. If one of your goals for the next year is to improve your study skills, check out our favorite apps for keeping you on track. While there’s no substitute for attending class and regularly reviewing course material, you’ll be well on your way to good grades with this collection of fun, creative, and aesthetically beautiful apps at your fingertips.

For Staying on Schedule:

A+ TimeTable, Android, Free

This simple but incredibly useful app is an easy way to stay on top of your class schedule. Since it’s actually a widget, you can easily view and edit it daily by adding it to your phone’s home screen. Additional capabilities include a weekly overview and sharing options, so you can coordinate when you have the same lunch break as your friends.

For Doing Your Homework:

myHomeworkiPhone, iPad, and Android, Free

If you have trouble remembering what assignments are due for what class, myHomework will be your new best friend. This app organizes your homework by class, assignment, and due date through a straightforward and user-friendly design. You can further categorize your assignments by priority level and type, allocating the appropriate time, for example, for long essays and shorter assignments.

For Taking Notes:

PenultimateiPhone and iPad, $0.99

With Penultimate, you won’t have to worry about wasting paper ever again. Easily take notes, sketch, and draw using a high-tech digital interface. You can also organize your notes into separate notebooks based on different classes, projects, or topics. Another cool perk: export any of your pages or full notebooks to your e-mail or Dropbox for easy sharing.

For Reviewing and Studying:

A+ Flash Cards ProiPhone and iPad, Free

These are not your ordinary flashcards. A+ Flash Cards Pro allows you to either create your own or download pre-designed sets from The app also includes separate functions that actually help you study faster and smarter. For example, use the “simple” mode to select which flashcards you know or don’t know, so you can review only the cards you struggled with the first time around. In the “space repetition” mode, the app will automatically choose which cards to give you based on what you got correctly or incorrectly before. Either way, you’ll be maximizing your studying time by honing in on the concepts that are most challenging for you.

Test Prep, from AP to Graduate School Exams

GWhiz Test Prep Apps, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, most in $4.99-$9.99 range

If lugging around thick, clunky test review books isn’t your thing, hop on over to GWhiz Test Prep, which offers a large library of apps that cover everything from AP subject exams to the GMAT at a lower price. The apps include test strategy tips, flashcard reviews, practice tests, and even step-by-step videos that walk you through different exam sections. With these resources in hand—literally—test prepping won’t have to be (as much of) a pain.

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