Top Study Apps

Many people assume that all technology is distracting when studying, but there are some apps that can help you increase your productivity, help you memorise key concepts, manage your time and help you in note taking. In a pursuit to find out which apps could help you study, I tried out a few to review. Here’s a list of apps that can help you study like a boss!

Forest

Need help focusing, then Forest is the perfect app for you. Its aim is to stop procrastination. The app is like a game. The idea is pretty simple: each work task is a seed, and dependent on how much time you devote, it grows into a tree or a bush. Eventually, as you complete more tasks and grow more trees or bushes, soon you can grow a forest!

You can select the time period you want to spend on something ranging from as long as 60 minutes, allowing you to grow a tree, to as short as 10 minutes, which will get you a shrub. Trying to exit the app whilst your task is ongoing will kill your plant

The app also gives encouraging messages to help you stay on track telling you to “stop phubbing”, “stay focused”, “put down your phone”, “go back to work” and “stop looking at me”. Once you’ve completed the allocated time period, the app allows you to tag the time period with a label of your choosing, i.e. work, study, etc.

The one con to the app is that it costs $2.99 on the Play Store and the App Store. But, if you are looking for a way to stay focused, Forest is a great app!

Platforms: iOS, Android and PC (Limited Features on PC)
Price: $2.99 (on iOS and Android)
Rating: 9/10

Tiny Cards

Need help memorising concepts – then Tiny Cards has you covered. This free app allows you to prepare for tests and memorise vocabulary through flashcards. You can use ready-made flashcards or make your own and share them with friends.

This app is probably best for subjects where you need to memorise vocabulary or key concepts, such as in languages or science.

The app is colourful and uses spaced repetition, showing the flashcards before quizzing you on the concepts.

Platforms: iOS, Android and PC
Price: Free
Rating: 8/10

Quizlet

Quizlet is a very similar app to Tiny Cards. The app, like Tiny Cards, shows flashcards and aids in memorisation through repetition. You can use prepared flashcards or create your own. The interface on Quizlet is more formal and less colourful but the layout is pretty simple. Search for your topic or create new flashcards and you can start your revision.

One major difference between Quizlet and Tiny Cards is the premium feature which includes test preparation resources made by experts. This is a costly feature with pricing set for individual flashcard sets.

But, don’t fear – there’s plenty of content on the free version of the app to help you revise.

Platform: iOS, Android and PC
Price: Free (unless you go for Quizlet Premium)
Rating: 9/10

Egenda

Egenda is a great app to manage your homework, assignments, tests, projects and exams all in one place. It’s effective and simple to use.

First, you create your classes; then add some assignments or any other tasks with their due dates, and then you are set to begin. You can also add notes such as group members or certain assignment details in the Notes section. The app gives you daily reminders about what’s due the next day.

The clean layout and simple process make this app super efficient and easy to use. You can easily sort by school classes, making it easier to find all your tasks from a single class.

A great app if you just need to visualise all your tasks to make sure that you don’t forget your work!

Platform: iOS and Android
Pricing: Free
Rating: 9.5/10

Microsoft OneNote

For notetaking Microsoft OneNote is one of the most commonly used apps. OneNote is great for users with an iPad, as it allows the user to make handwritten notes and draw diagrams on the page using the pencil option.

The layout of OneNote allows you to have all your different subjects in different notebooks, and to customise their colour. The fact that OneNote syncs across all platforms and devices allow ease of access wherever you are.

Another great feature of OneNote is the ability to ‘snip’ a section of a website or PDF and to paste that into the notes. This is often good when trying to incorporate diagrams from textbooks into your notes.

One feature for uni students that is great, is that you can upload your lecture slides as a PDF to OneNote, so that you can annotate the lecture slides in class.

OneNote also allows the freedom of typing wherever you want – this may be a benefit or a limitation based on how you prefer to write your notes.

The one major concern with the app is that it can take a while to sync across devices. But overall, OneNote is a great app for annotation and notes.

Platform: iOS, Android and PC
Pricing: Free
Rating: 7.5/10

Google Drive

Google Drive is perhaps the most comprehensive and efficient way to write and review notes. Google Drive has amazing syncing speeds, much better than OneNote.

Like OneNote, Google Drive can be synced across platforms and devices, so that you can access your notes anywhere on any device.

Google Drive is not as aesthetic as other noting taking apps, nor does it have fancy features that allow for annotation of images. However, Google Docs allows you to take notes and upload images.

Plus, you have 15 gigabytes of storage meaning that you can use it for all your notes and still have plenty of space left over.

For someone looking for a simple, yet efficient way to take notes, Google Drive is the way to go.

Platform: iOS, Android and PC
Pricing: Free
Rating: 9.5/10

These are some of the best study apps available to help increase your productivity. There may be other study apps that might work better for you. Comment below on what apps you recommend for studying. Remember, technology doesn’t always have to be bad for studying!

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