Vital apps for the spring semester

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Classes have started, textbooks have been purchased and it is now time to download applications to get through the spring semester. These applications can make accessing Blackboard, checking Metrorail arrival times and late-night studying easier.

Miami-Dade Transit Tracker

Whether you’re riding the Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover, you can find out the arrival time of the next approaching bus or train, use the trip planner, find out station addresses and more


A Miami student essential, this app lets you browse through courses, pull up campus maps, keep up with the latest events and sports games, and even view real-time availability at the parking garages.

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Hold Blackboard in the palm of your hand to view grades, access course documents and even find out the names of classmates through the course’s roster.

Free Graphing Calculator

Get through your calculus homework with scientific calculator functions, from square root to natural log. Graph up to four equations at once and search through tons of formulas.

Search from more than 2 million words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms from and No Internet connection is needed to search. It features audio pronunciations and voice-to-search.


Study for your next exam in an eco-friendly way. Create and study from flashcards, or even use pre-made sets. You’ll be sure to ace that test.


January 19, 2012


Lyssa Goldberg

Lyssa Goldberg is online editor of The Miami Hurricane. She is a senior majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in math. She has interned at Mashable and the Miami New Times, and her work has also been featured in The Huffington Post.

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