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6 Great Apps High School Students Should Be Using this Summer

Trying to fight the “summer slump?” There’s an app for that!

Even with the dog days of summer approaching, students can still get organized for the upcoming school year and admissions season. Many teens are glued to their smartphones or tablets, so why not make it worthwhile? There’s a plethora of apps out there that can help students learn throughout the summer and stay on top of their busy schedules.

From brain training and critical thinking, to language skills and creative writing, here are six free apps that all high school students should be using this summer:

Goodreads
This app allows users to get personal recommendations on new books based on works they have already read, what their friends are reading, or a topic they might be interested in. This is a great way for students to expand their outside reading lists and discover new authors.

Zite
Outside reading doesn’t have to mean 300-page novels. With Zite, users are able to stay up-to-date on current events and new articles that students might not find elsewhere. The app gets smarter as students use it, bringing them customized selections that match their interests.

Evernote
Students will need a way to organize their thoughts as they brainstorm essay topics this summer. Evernote is a great way to write, record, save, and organize notes and documents all in one app. Having a moment of brilliance on-the-go? Whip out your phone, open Evernote, and let the creative juices flow.

Elevate – Brain Training
Beautifully designed and scientifically based, Elevate is a hot new brain-training app that gives users daily challenges to exercise their brains. Not only will students enjoy the challenges, they’ll improve comprehension and writing skills.

Duolingo
Looking to improve foreign language skills over the summer? Offering courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese (with many other languages still in development!), Duolingo is the super user-friendly answer to preventing students from losing basic grammar and language skills over the summer months.

Countdown + Event Reminders
Ditch the normal phone calendar and use Coundtown + Event Reminders to keep track of important dates. From ACT and SAT test dates, to the first day of school and admissions deadlines, this app helps students keep it all organized and lets them know exactly how many days they have left until those important dates. This is a great tool to help students develop useful timelines and prep plans; not to mention its sleek design and customization tools help students make it their own.

By being proactive and using technology to their advantage, students can stave off the summer brain drain and stay productive this summer.

Need additional help with keeping your student motivated and productive this summer? Our team of expert counselors can help your student with last-minute summer activity planning, and formulate a plan of action for the upcoming school year. Contact us today for more information!

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