If you enter ‘best apps for students’ into Google, a plethora of results will appear, but it can be hard to plough through all the apps for time management, document sharing and referencing to get to the apps that will actually help you study!
Here are our five favourite mobile apps to rely on during your study sessions – and they’re all available for both Apple and Android.
1. StudyBlue (Free)
StudyBlue is an app that allows you to create virtual flashcards, saving you a lot of time and helping the environment at the same time. You can customise your flashcards to include text, images and even audio depending on your learning style. Or, if you’re really strapped for time, you can even search online for flashcards created by other students. The app tracks your progress and gives you feedback. You can choose to set filters that allow you to focus on the concepts you have had more trouble with. Flashcards are one of the best ways to learn and retain information, and this app makes it simpler than ever. As an added bonus, it also lets you set study reminders.
2. Khan Academy (Free)
The aim of Khan Academy is to provide a ‘free, world-class education for anyone anywhere’ – and it really does deliver. It offers more than 4,200 instructional videos on a vast array of topics including comprehensive information on almost all aspects of math, English, science, history, geography, music, economics… you name it. It also offers practice tests for various exams and tracks your progress. While the information provided may not align exactly with your syllabus, it is a good way to test your general knowledge, expand your understanding, and see different perspectives on the information you need to learn.
3. Wolfram Alpha ($3.49)
No matter what you need to calculate, Wolfram Alpha can do it. It includes unit conversions, mathematical formulae and complex graphs to solve almost any problem you can think to throw at it. Unlike some other apps, Wolfram Alpha provides step-by-step solutions so that you don’t just get the answer – you actually learn how to reach it.
4. Science Glossary (Free)
Science Glossary is just that: a compendium of definitions for the most commonly encountered scientific terms. But it doesn’t stop at the definition – it also provides a brief history and explanation of the term in context. The app also includes links to study modules relevant to each term to help you expand your understanding and knowledge further.
5. CliffsNotes ($2.49 per text)
CliffsNotes has been a go-to for English students for many years, but only recently has it come in the convenient form of a mobile app. It offers a wide range of literature titles and provides two study options: the ‘cram plan’ for those short on time, as well as the ‘full study plan’. It includes analyses of characters and themes, with several critical essays covering the most salient points. It even offers a quiz to make sure you have retained the key points in the book!