With back-to-school upon us, stores are bustling with students getting ready to tackle the school year ahead. Along with the usual suspects like new clothes, supplies and books, smartphone apps have become a popular item among students. According to Nielson, more than 50% of consumers in the U.S. have smartphones, a 3% growth since last year, and that number is growing among teens and college students. It’s not surprising that developers are quickly churning out apps that help students keep organized and support their learning. In this CNET article, executive editor Robert Cheng showcases several useful smartphone apps to help students and even parents get ready for the back-to-school season.