Already feeling behind while trying to help your kids with their homework? I can't imagine how hard this will be when my kids get into school. English I can do. Math? Not so much.
Thankfully there are apps out there to help!
Having a good calculator on hand is a must for any student. This scientific calculator app provides everything students need to sine, cosine, or tangent to their heart's content. There's also a handy note-taking component of the app that lets kids keep track of their answers, and more importantly, not forget how they got them. (Free, iOS; similar Android version called RealCalc)
The new ways that math is being taught these days is a departure from when we were growing up. For those tricky textbook algebra equations or logarithms that no one can quite figure out, turn to PhotoMath. Simply snap a photo of the problem, and PhotoMath will provide a detailed step-by-step overview of the solution. It's like having a digital math tutor in your pocket. (Free; iOS, Android)
Kids learning a second language will really appreciate the ease of iTranslate. This easy-to-use app offers translations of words, phrases and text in 90 languages. It even offers the ability to audibly hear different dialects in both male and female voices, so your kids can immerse themselves in the language and learn to speak like a native. (Free; iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows)
Flipping through pages of a dictionary is so old school. With the Dictionary.com app, students can get definitions in a matter of taps. In addition to a whopping 2 million words, the app also provides bonus features like audio pronunciations, word search, favorite words, and of course, a word of the day. (Free; iOS, Kindle Fire, Android)
Papers, projects and deadlines, oh my! Keeping homework organized can be a task in and of itself. With myHomework, students can keep tabs on every assignment, get reminders for when projects are due and notate when tests are occurring. Similar to the master planners from the days of yore, this digital helper makes sure that a deadline is never missed. (Free; iOS, Kindle Fire, Android, Windows, Chrome)
Although not a mobile app, Anti-Social is a helpful web app that helps turn productivity on by turning all distractions off. Locking your computer from social sites, like Facebook and Twitter, for any predetermined amount of time lets students focus on the work at hand and not the images their friends are posting. ($15; Windows XP, Windows 10, and Macs OS X 10.8-10.11)
This app gives you access to expert tutors (Kindergarten through graduate school) who are available 24-7 and give on-demand answers and step-by-step solutions. (Free; iOS, coming soon to Android)