11 Reference Apps to Make You an A+ Student
There are a lot of things that go into making the back to school transition a success — from catching up on all of the Pinterest-approved make-ahead breakfast hacks to preplanning the perfect backpack and dress pairings to nailing B2S style. Another thing on our list to make getting back to campus life a little easier is to replace our addiction to iPhone games with apps that are a little more academically inclined (okay… at least some of them). Here are 11 reference apps to download that both art AND science majors can appreciate.
1. Ultralingua Dictionary: Attention all students who have accidentally sent a random word to a friend via text because you wanted to use the spellcheck function: There’s a better way! Ultralingua is a completely free, easy to use app that allows you to quickly check the spelling and definition (including slang and technical vocab) of practically any English word.
2. SwipeSpeare: Ah, Intro to Shakespeare. A friend, a nemesis… a mandatory course that you just need to pass. If you’re having a hard time understanding the lingo, try downloading this free app. A simple swipe turns any line from Shakespearian to modern-day language.
3. Acronymph: No matter what discipline you’re in, trying to figure out acronyms are a pain in the rear. Luckily, this handy app defines hundreds of thousands of acronyms for under a buck. Yeah, we think it’s worth the investment.
DL It: $0.99 on iOS
4. Flipboard: Whether you’re a communications student or just want to stay up to date with the latest news, Flipboard is an awesome way to curate your newsfeed with articles that you actually want to read.
5. FontBook: Graphic designers, rejoice: This just might be the only app you need to ace your freshman year. Documenting the libraries of over 150 international type foundries (AKA 45,000 plus typefaces), it’s a must for any aspiring designer.
DL It: $2.99 on iOS
6. Color Reference: You don’t need to major in graphic design to get use out of this cool app that details every single RGB color. From class presentations to cool document covers, you never know when you’ll need a specific pop of color.
DL It: Free on Android
7. Math Ref Free: Math students will swoon for this ultra impressive app. With over 700 formulas, figures, tips and examples, it just might become your number one study buddy this semester.
DL It: Free on iOS
8. iMathematics: If you feel like you’re already getting a little behind on your math homework, don’t fret: Check out this awesome app ASAP. With detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on over 70 topics, it’s a sure win for wannabe math-letes everywhere.
9. Star Walk 2: Astronomy major or midnight stroll lover, Star Walk 2 is a great app to help you understand the universe on a grand scale. You’re welcome in advance.
10. Muscle Premium: We know this app costs a pretty penny, but the payoff at the end of the semester will definitely be worth a few missed cappuccinos. The app allows you to examine virtually every part of the body in 3D — including 600 muscles and 200 bones. Take that, overpriced textbooks!
DL It: $19.99 on iOS
11. Oceans: Don’t worry; we didn’t forget about you guys over in Marine Biology. Oceans is a cool app targeted at scuba divers and ocean explorers that allows you to send dive logs to the cloud and share observations with divers from around the world.
How are you preparing for back to school? Tweet us your comments by mentioning @BritandCo.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)