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    In just a few days, students will return to the classroom, likely with their smart phones or tablets in hand. So why not put those devices to use? NBC 5 asked an expert which apps were worth downloading. (Published Friday, Aug. 21, 2015)

    As students return to the classroom, likely with their smart phones or tablets in hand, why not put those devices to use?

    There are dozens of apps out there to help students stay on track, but which ones are the best? NBC 5 went to an expert to find out.

    James Denke of the Waterton Group, a private tutoring firm in Dallas, came up with a list of the top apps that he says work best for his students.

    Quizlet is one dozens of apps created to help students organize their workload and study more efficiently.

    "When you have a really big test coming up, it's really helpful to just be able to type in flash cards on Quizlet," said college senior Gabby Hunt. "It just saves the cramping on your hand after hours of writing note cards and things like that."

    MyHomework Student Planneris a digital organizer that students and parents can share.

    Drop Boxsaves big files like PDF files that teachers may email to their students.

    Khan Academy pulls up step-by-step videos on a variety of subjects like math and chemistry.

    And Notability virtually eliminates the need for pen and paper.

    "Instead of printing 20 to 30 pages worth of documents, you can just fire it up on Notability. You can circle answers to questions, you can write literally in our own handwriting to answer short response questions," said Denke. "Once it's all complete you can literally just save it and email directly to your teacher so it's never late ."

    Hunt says since studying happens in the digital world, using apps is a no-brainer.

    "Apps make things quicker, easier, you can pick your favorite ones, you can make your life more organized and it's all in one place," Hunt said.

    Some of the apps mentioned are free, others cost up to $5.99.

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