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01/03/2015 02:50 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2015

School Your School With These 8 Digital Tools

Is your New Year's resolution to get better grades? Make studying and school projects easier -- or even fun? Luckily tech out there can help you study, organize, and most importantly get that A. Here is a list for owning the classroom in the digital age.

1. StudyBlue

StudyBlue uses crowdsourcing to provide students with study materials on specific classes. Described as a "learning app," StudyBlue allows you to use a computer or mobile device to access a "digital library of study materials." StudyBlue considers itself the largest digital source for online flashcards, review sheets, and quizzes.

The most interesting thing about the service is that the study guides are designed by other students. For a subscription ($18/mo or $79/yr) you gain full access to the library. Or you can even purchase a study guide individually ($9). But for free you can at least create your own materials to review.

2. Evernote

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By now you hopefully have heard of Evernote. This free app makes note taking, and bookmarking (addictively) easy. As Evernote's popularity has grown, so has its compatibility. By 2015, many tools can export multimedia to Evernote -- including some on this list.

3. RefME

Research papers can be long, time consuming, and often frustrating. One of the trickiest parts of research papers is cultivating a bibliography. RefME is a free app to manage references on a computer or mobile device.

The iOS or Android app even allows you to scan a books barcode and save it as a reference! Once your references are ready you can export to other file formats (like MS Word) in popular research styles.

4. Scanmarker

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If your budget allows the Scanmarker ($79.99) is a fun tool for lifting physical text onto a document. A gadget like this can help you in taking notes, extracting quotations for a typed paper or even scan charts! Another great feature is being able to "listen to your computer" announce the words as they are scanned.

5. eHighlighter

If the Scanmarker is hard on that student wallet you might want to take a look at the eHighlighter ($1.99) app. Using your iPhone's camera it allows you to take a photos of a book's page and select text to be digitally transcribed.

You can also add information about the selected text, such as the page number and book it comes from. Using eHighlighter brings you a step closer to a finished bibliography.

6. Scalar

An academic publishing platform that is described "as easy as blogging." What makes Scalar different from other publishing suites? For one, it's multimedia compatibility. Scalar allows you to import text, citations, and multimedia from the web seamlessly to create something like a college project.

Hopefully your teacher will appreciate the creative way you designed your assignment. Maybe tell them it is hosted by University of Southern California? If not, it still makes a great platform for organizing and exploring content.

7. JumpCut

Wouldn't it be great to see all the text you have copied with your computer? If you have a Mac then your in luck. The JumpCut app makes it stupidly quick to copy and view text. Perfect for when you are copying things all over the web for a project. JumpCut is a free open-source app so don't hold your horses.

8. Hemingway Editor

The Hemingway Editor is a writing analysis program. It creates a useful way to pick apart grammatical elements of your paper. The app is available for purchase ($6.99) for OS X or Windows. But would Ernest Hemingway approve?