In this blog we look at which are the best free school study apps.
Gone are the days of simply writing down your revision notes on flash cards or sticking your timetable to the bedroom wall. Here we look at 8 study apps that can help you prepare for you for exams.
Best free school study apps…
For getting organised
Available free of charge for iOS (Apple) here or for Android here, My Study Life is a fairly basic but essential app to help you get organised. Less hassle than a paper planner, My Study Life allows you to store all of your key information in one place including your timetable, exams and homework. For example, you can see when homework is due – or overdue – and view your weekly timetable in a colour coded planner. You can even add revision tasks for a specific exam. What’s more, because information is stored in the cloud, it can be accessed on several devices. You can also view information from the app when you are in offline mode.
Take charge of your schedule with this planner aimed squarely at students. Available for various smart devices (including iOS, Android) as well as for Mac and Windows PC users, iStudiez Pro Legend helps students track their schedules, assignments, and grades all in one place. Not sure when your French homework is due or when your next exam is? Just consult your iStudiez app. As long as you input the dates and information as you go along, this app will take care of the rest for you. What’s more, you can integrate the app’s calendar to other calendar apps, like Google Calendar. The mobile version costs a one-time fee of £2.99, while the computer version is £9.99.
Best free school study apps for making notes
Regarded as one of the best note-taking and life organising apps out there, Evernote allows you to type notes, add attachments, clip web pages and record memos all in one place. You can use it to make personal checklists for organising your thoughts as well as for setting reminders and planning for exams. While the basic version with 60MB of uploads per month and syncing for two devices is available for free, if you want all the functionality then you will need to invest in Evernote Premium. This currently costs $7.99 a month or $69.99 annually. Available on Apple iOS here and for Android here.
Best free school study apps for learning
Oxford Dictionary of English
You could carry a dictionary around with you. Or you could use Google each time you read a word you’re not sure about. However, a far better option is to download the Oxford Dictionary instead – especially as the basic version is free. The mobile version of the Oxford University Press’ Oxford English Dictionary, this app features several advanced search and language tools. These include search autocomplete to help you find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type and camera search that looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results in a few seconds. The premium version doesn’t have any ads and provides audio pronunciation of words, but at £20 it is quite pricey. You can download on Google Play for Android here or for Apple devices here.
Best free school study apps for revision
Before apps even existed if you wanted flashcards for revision you would have to buy them from your local stationery shop. Well, not anymore. With Quizlet you can either create your own digital flashcards or choose from millions of others created by students. You can share your flashcards with classmates, put your memory to the test with ‘Write’ or race against the clock in a game of ‘Match’. A basic version of Quizlet is available for free. However, if you want full functionality then you will need to subscribe to Quizlet Plus for £1.42 a month or £16.99 a year. This allows you to add images to your sets, study without adverts and access content when you are offline. You can get Quizlet Flashcards from iTunes for Apple devices or from the Google Play store for Android.
BBC Bitesize – Revision
If you’re aged 14-16 (Year 10 and 11) and studying for your GCSEs, TGAU, Nationals or Highers, this BBC Bitesize revision app is for you. Available for Android/Apple smartphones and tablets, it has all of the information you need, broken down into bite-sized chunks, wherever and whenever you need it. It now includes flashcards for the new 9-1 GCSEs in Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry. And if you sign it to set your subjects and exam board you will also only see content that is relevant to you. What’s more, it’s completely free and there aren’t any in-app purchases either, unlike most education apps from commercial providers. Available on Android here and Apple iOS here.
Best free school study apps for exams
This free app will help to ensure you keep track of all your upcoming exams. Need to know exactly when your chemistry exam is? No problem. Just open up Exam Countdown Lite and you will see exactly how many months, weeks, days and minutes it is away! Usefully, you can customise the colours used for each subject and there are 400 different icons to choose from. You can also add notes to exams and tests and share your exams schedule on social media (Twitter and Facebook) should you choose. Available for both iOS and Android users, the app is a must-have for any school or college student. Available for Apple and Android.
Best free school study apps for dictation
Need to make some revision notes or write an essay, but unwilling or unable to write them down (perhaps you’ve broken your arm)? Then one option is to use a dictation app such as Dragon Anywhere from Nuance Communications. Just speak into the app and it will turn your words into text for you. Because it adapts to your voice, it becomes more accurate the more you use it. You can also add custom words to the dictionary so it understands any specific terminology you may use. The only downside is that it’s a little pricey especially now that Google has its own type with voice feature – see more information here. However, Dragon Anywhere is arguably much better quality. It costs £9.99 after a month’s free trial or £99.99 for 12 months. Available for iOS (Apple devices) from here or for Android here.
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