If Mom thinks your phone distracts you from your schoolwork, consider (kindly) asking her to think again. A new slew of academic apps feature all sorts of methods designed to give you laser-powered focus, a virtual study buddy and the organization to stay on top of all your work. Whether you're looking to manage your GPA, brush up on SAT vocab, or just pry yourself away from Facebook and Twitter, there's an app for that.
Click through the slideshow below to see a few of our favorites and share your foolproof studying tips (on and offline!) in the comments below.
<a href="http://evernote.com/evernote/" target="_hplink">Evernote</a> works as a word processing and note-taking app on your computer, phone, and tablet. It's easy to organize documents based on class and date. Can't use laptops in school? Keep track of all your homework assignments in one place using Evernote. The app syncs everything online instantly, so you'll never run the risk of losing a file.
Don't let procrastination get the best of you. <a href="http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/" target="_hplink">Self-Control</a> is an app that allows you to block access to any number of website for a set period of time. If you've chosen to close out Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter for two hours while you're studying, there's absolutely zero way to access them until the clock runs out -- even if you restart your computer.
Sign up for a free <a href="http://STUDYBLUE.com" target="_hplink">STUDYBLUE</a> account online and gain access to their mobile app. Create flashcards in seconds on your phone, using a combination of images, text, and voice recognition. Cramped fingers after writing out dozens of flash cards? That's now a thing of the past.
Download <a href="https://myhomeworkapp.com/" target="_hplink">myHomework</a> and never forget an assignment again. The app creates a calendar of your assignments and important dates and color-codes them so you know when they're due. Reminders will help you stay on top of your work.
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Free Graphing Calculator
Math class just got a little more user-friendly. Graphing calculators are typically pretty pricy, but <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-graphing-calculator/id378009553?mt=8" target="_hplink">this iPhone/iPad version</a> is completely free. Graph up to four equations at a time, including trig functions and absolute value.
Studying for the SATs is daunting enough. Have you seen how huge those prep books are? Take out the intimidation factor by flipping through vocab words on your phone. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sat-vocab-cards/id403164850?mt=8" target="_hplink">This app</a> features 1000 words and allows you to narrow your studies to just the words you need help on.
Dictionary.com -- Dictionary & Thesaurus
Never be at a loss for words again! <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id308750436?mt=8" target="_hplink">This app</a> gives you full access to Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, even when you're offline. Keep it handy when you're writing an essay or reading a particularly difficult text.