It’s that time again: time to start thinking about all the excitement (and stress!) that comes with the start of the school year. Before our kids go back to school, there’s lots to be done, from shopping for school supplies to mapping out carpooling schedules. And once the year starts, there’s no shortage of homework to help with and projects to keep track of.

It should come as no surprise that our team here at App47 are big fans of using apps to simplify life’s biggest challenges—and the back-to-school rush is no exception. Here are 5 apps we can’t live without come the start of the school year:

  1. School Supply List ($.99): Shopping for one child is complicated enough; throw one or two more in the mix and it can be hard keeping all the supply needs straight. School Supply List makes organizing supply lists simple and lets you sort by child, quantity, and even stores to visit. No more scribbling down lists on paper and hoping for the best!
  2. Brainscape (Free): Flash cards are a staple of all levels of learning, but buying flash cards, hand writing them, and keeping track of them can be difficult. Brainscape is a great app for creating smart flash cards that are synced across all your devices, and even has in-app purchases for common flash card subjects like geography and SAT prep.
  3. iHomework 2 (Free): Once the school year gets underway, it’s only a matter of time before the influx of endless homework assignments begins. iHomework helps you organize homework assignments all in one place so you (or your child) never miss an assignment again.
  4. EasyBib (Free): Gone are the days of searching through the MLA style guide to double- and triple-check that your works cited are correct. EasyBib, the app version of the popular online citation generator, takes the frustration out of bibliographies with a citation builder tool that covers all of today’s most common writing styles.
  5. SimpleMind+ (Free): Writer’s block is frustrating, and often seems difficult to overcome. If you or your child are having trouble brainstorming ideas, try SimpleMind+, a mind mapping tool that organizes your thoughts on any subject. You can go into as much or as little depth as you’d like, and we’ve found this app to be great for recording abstract ideas and turning them into something meaningful.

Whether you’re sending your child off to school for the first time or you’re a seasoned back-to-school veteran, these apps should greatly simplify your life, from shopping to helping with homework. Of course, there’s still time before summer winds down, so here’s hoping you and your kids can find a few days to kick back and relax before school kicks back into gear.