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Learning Apps, Part 1 - Study Apps

Learning Apps, Part 1 - Study Apps
Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Our blog post this week is the first in a series we’re doing on learning apps for college students. Working through a college education or career training program is a very busy time for most people. Keeping the balance between focusing on your education, work, family, and social obligations can make for a hectic schedule. Thankfully, we live at a time when technology is available to help with nearly every aspect of life. In this series, we’ll be sharing several learning apps for adults that might be able to help you navigate this time in the most efficient and stress-free way possible. In this first post, we’re sharing some very practical apps that can help you with studying. These apps will help you take notes in your courses so they’ll be most effective when you need to study from them later, create flashcards and other study tools that can help you ace every test, and connect you with other learners that can help in various ways.

Note-Taking Apps

The first step in doing well on your exams is to take good notes. The notes you take in class are usually one of the primary sources of study materials students use for exams, so you want to be sure you’re recording all relevant information from your lectures in an organized and legible way for later use. The following apps can be very helpful with this, as well as keeping all of your notes organized.

  • Evernote – Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps out there. With Evernote, you can take notes, scan documents, create to-do lists, and more. All of the notes and lists you create are searchable and it’s easy to keep them organized. Evernote also syncs your content across all your devices so you can study the notes you took on your laptop on your phone or tablet while you’re on the go.
  • Microsoft OneNote – Microsoft OneNote is another great note-taking app. Like Evernote, you can create searchable notes and to-do lists that sync across your devices. Even better, OneNote is a free note app.
  • Google Docs – Google Docs is another great notes app, especially if being able to collaborate on those notes is important to you. It works great for group projects, sharing your notes with your friend who missed a lecture, and for your own personal use. This is another free note-taking app that syncs across all your devices.
  • Dragon Anywhere – Dragon software is one of the most widely used dictation programs available. If you prefer to dictate notes or papers, the Dragon Anywhere app allows you to dictate and edit documents of any length by voice, syncs across all your devices, and is very accurate.

Flashcard Apps

Flashcards are great study tool when you’re learning new terms, definitions, abbreviations, etc. The process of making hardcopy flashcards can be time-consuming, however, and you need to be sure to have the right materials on hand. Digital flashcards are faster to make, you can carry them with you wherever you go for studying on the fly, and they offer lots of great features to help you get the most from your study session. Below are some of the most popular flash card apps.

  • Flashcards Deluxe – Flashcards Deluxe is one the best flashcard apps available. You can study anything from images to definitions and even spelling. It also features text-to-speech audio in 18 languages, a searchable list of your cards, multiple choice options, and smart study modes that focus most on the cards you struggle with.
  • Quizlet Flashcards – Quizlet Flashcards is a free flashcard app that allows you to create your own flashcards to study from or choose from millions of flashcard sets created by other learners. Quizlet Flashcards incorporates audio, text, and speech features into various learning games to help you get test-day ready.
  • Brainscape – Smart Flashcards – Brainscape’s Smart Flashcards uses a different flashcard study technique than some others, which includes personalizing the timing of each flashcard repetition for optimal learning. You can create flashcards yourself, share your flashcards with your fellow classmates, or choose from flashcards created by other learners to study.
  • Tinycards – Tinycards also uses spaced repetition to help you prepare for tests in the most effective and efficient way possible. You can choose from decks made by others or create your own. You can also use their animated flashcards feature to help keep your study sessions interesting.

Study Apps

One of the best ways to do well in your courses is to stay connected with other learners. The apps listed below help you learn in a social context, connecting you with others who can answer your questions, participate in study groups, help you through those areas you struggle the most with, and even offer suggestions for other learning resources.

  • GoConqr – The GoConqr app is a free learning app that connects you with classmates, friends, or other learners in Groups to create a collaborative online learning experience to help you do well in all your courses. GoConqr also includes several different types of study resources, including notes, flashcards, quizzes, slides, and mind maps.
  • Brainly – Brainly is one of the best learning apps for homework help. Brainly connects you with other learners and allows you to ask questions about various topics you're learning. Other learners can help you understand the topics that you’re struggling with and you can share your own knowledge with other learners.
  • Duolingo – If you’re taking any language courses, you may want to check out Duolingo. Duolingo is a free language learning app that has received a lot of recognition. You can choose from 23 different languages and use a variety of activities to help you become proficient, including language lessons, quizzes, pronunciation activities, conversational practice, and more.

You may also want to explore some of the learning resources featured on to brush up on your study skills, improve your test-taking strategies as well as your note-taking strategies, and ensure that you’re college-ready. Knowledge to Work includes thousands of learning resources on a variety of topics, so even if you’re enrolled in a formal academic program, you can still use these learning resources to help you through the topics you most struggle with or to explore other topics that interest you. Be sure to sign up for your free account with Knowledge to Work to create your own personalized learning plan to track your progress, save your favorite learning resources and helpful searches, and much more.

In this series, we’ll be sharing several apps that might be able to help you navigate your time in college in the most efficient and stress-free way possible. In this first post, we’re sharing some very practical apps that can help you with studying.

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