Cell phones and tablets are becoming essential classroom tools. In fact, there are 65,000 learning apps in the Apple App Store alone, according to The Denver Post. We went on a search for five inexpensive learning apps that would help just about any child in junior high, high school or college looking to excel academically. Take a look at what we found.

Algebra Tutor (free; Android)

If your child needs assistance in math, Algebra Tutor gives detailed instructions on solving algebra problems, and even guides users through correcting their errors. It’s also one of the most highly recommended math apps in the Android Market, according to Mashable.

Cue Brain ($3.99 — $4.29; Android, Windows, coming soon to iOS)

Studying a foreign language can mean an abundance of flash cards, but Cue Brain makes things easy by putting them all on your child’s Android or Windows device. Cue Brain offers cards in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish.


WolframAlpha ($1.99; iOS)

Whether your child needs basic reviews of geography, measurement units, or even astronomy, the WolframAlpha app is a great informational database for any student. The Denver Post even named the app a great back-to-school tool for 2012.

iStudiez Pro (99¢; iOS)

A successful college career requires careful organization and planning. That’s where iStudiez Pro comes in. This app for the iPhone and iPad lets students manage project due dates, create class schedules and gauge their GPAs.

EasyBib (free; Android, iOS)

For many college students, the most painful part of writing a paper is putting together the bibliography. EasyBib makes creating citations and bibliographies easier than ever — it lets you scan books’ bar codes, then gives you the option of citing the text in MLA, APA or Chicago style.

Have you or your child used any of the apps here? What other learning apps help your child excel in school?