Updated: August 15, 2016 1:44 PM ET | Originally published: August 13, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

Books are great and all — no, really, hard copies have been scientifically proven to improve reader recall over e-books — but if you want to keep up in the classroom, digital tools are increasingly in demand.

From grade school to graduate school, at your desk, in your dorm room, or at the library, these gadgets can help give you an academic edge.

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