By Josh Sears
‘Tis the season for final exams! If ever there was a time to take advantage of all tools imaginable to help your students get the best grades possible, it is now. Fortunately, the app market has exploded with useful assistance, and here are some of the best apps I recommend to help your students study better and learn faster:
Apple’s own iTunes U offers a popular app with free lectures and coursework from many of the best schools in the world. Even if you don’t use it for your regular curriculum, you can still supplement with Stanford’s impressive tools on topics such as coding iOS apps or Statistics 101. The best part? It’s free! Well, if you have an iPhone that is–otherwise you’ll have to keep reading…
Whenever you borrow words or ideas, the given source needs to be acknowledged. Cite This For Me is a nifty app students can use to put together their citations and bibliographies. It not only uses your phone’s camera to scan a book’s barcode and create a citation, but also formats it in MLA, Chicago, or whichever style your school is using. It’s is free, and can be used on both iOS and Android phones.
This app is geared toward students who are learning a new language. Duolingo makes learning fun by turning lessons into a game. It can be used to practice Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Italian, English and more. This app is also free, and can be used on both iOS and Android phones.
For best study results, Wunderlist will help your students with their time management skills. It can set due dates, reminders and to-do lists. The app is free, but a pro version lets you share your lists and work collaboratively on projects. Works on both iOS and Android phones.
iStudiez is an award-winning app to help students manage their schedule. The Lite version covers one semester of up to five courses, 15 assignments, 15 classes or exams per course, five instructors and two holiday periods. If you get hooked and decide you can’t live without it, the Pro version takes away the limits. The Lite version is free, however, and works on both iOS and Android phones.
Timetable is a great app to help students manage their school or university life, and can easily be downloaded from Google Play. It enters each user’s tasks from homework to exams only once, because this app syncs across all your Android devices. The best part? It mutes phones during lessons. A great tool for Android users, and it’s free!
Dictionary.com can meet all of your students’ English vocabulary needs, with 2,000,000 definitions, word origins and histories, Word of the Day, synonyms, antonyms and a thesaurus, among other things. The main app is free but comes with ad banners, and is extremely popular with both iOS and Android users.
This is an online education site that has partnerships with many top colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools. Students can sign up and study at their own pace to supplement their knowledge, because these schools offer both curriculum course study materials and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It helps students aim for higher grades and perhaps some scholarship cash. The courses are very affordable, and the apps can be downloaded on both iOS and Android phones.
If your students prefer to take notes instead of typing while studying, MyScript Smart Note recognizes handwriting in multiple languages. Even if their handwriting is more of a scribble, Smart Note is quite accurate in understanding it. It even allows users to edit your handwriting with special gestures, and offers an adjustable palm-rest feature, a drawing mode, and lets you insert math equations, images, sound or PDF files from various cloud storage services including Dropbox and Evernote. The app is free for both iOS and Android, but an upgrade gives you more features such as notebooks, unlimited pages, export ability and backups.
Evernote features bookmarking, composing, clipping and more, and is immensely popular as a note taking app. You can download it on multiple platforms, and it’s all free. Don’t miss out on this little helper to help your students learn faster and better.
With the help of these apps, your students will have a significant leg up on their exams.
For more, see:
- 10 EdTech Tools for Encouraging Classroom Collaboration
- Academic Technology: 9 Apps for Educators
- 10 Popular Apps for English Language Learners and Teachers
Josh Sears is a contributor at https://gryfin.com/ who is passionate about helping students achieve their full potential with study tips and hacks.
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