I’ve got that covered. Here are apps that help you with everything from citations and paper-writing to learning foreign languages and learning how to use Photoshop. Here are apps that students actually use.
Sure, you could create your own class flash cards with these apps… but why would you when they have sets from previous semesters and other schools? I’ve covered some of these on my post about finding study guides online, but your phone is probably a lot more convenient!
Quizlet is probably my favorite out of this list, because it’s somewhat easier to filter by school and class. There are also a ton of flashcard sets.
Flashcards+ is an app created by Chegg, the textbook rental company, and I’ve seen it recommended a lot even though it doesn’t have any of my classes and it’s only available on iOS.
Studyblue is like Quizlet Lite in that it has a lot of the same features but not as many sets of flash cards.
BenchPrep isn’t really geared toward flashcards for classes as much as for test prep–MCATs, AP tests, you name it, it’s full of study tools for big exams.
Writing & Note-Taking
I mentioned before that Drive is my favorite way to work on collaborative projects. It’s also great for taking notes and writing or editing papers while you’re on the go. I’ve written entire stories for work or class with Drive on my phone. It’s a game-changer, even though the separate apps for each type of document is clunky and awkward. But Microsoft’s office suite is the same way:
Yes, you can use Word and Excel and Powerpoint on your phone for free, but the features are limited if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription–which you can get for free if you’re a student, so jump on that! The editing and formatting capabilities are a lot better in Word than Drive, so if you need something a little fancier than Google Docs, Microsoft Word will fulfill that need for you.
The iPad version isn’t free, but OmmWriter is a great interface that blocks out distractions so you can focus just on writing.
Hemingway is a great desktop app that goes through your writing and tells you things you need to work on, from passive voice to reading level to sentence structure. Perhaps not that helpful for creative endeavors, but helpful for writing papers–especially at the beginning of the semester if you want to set low expectations with your professors so you have guaranteed better grades throughout the semester. 😉
Nothing is more boring and tedious than writing bibliographies for your 101 class papers to the exact specifications of whatever citation style your professor wants that day. EasyBib used to not be as easy, where you’d plug in all the relevant information and it would eventually format it properly–now you can just plug in a URL or ISBN and it’ll churn out (mostly perfect) citations for your papers!
Mendeley could easily be on my organization list, because it’a an awesome reference collection management tool. It helps you keep track of all the sources you use for papers, projects, and presentations.
This is a site that I’ve only recently found and it’s been super helpful for me going back and forth between Word and Drive, or Word and WordPress. JumpCut keeps track of your clipboard and makes it easy to cut and paste everything from your million citations to entire papers.
Who doesn’t need a portable dictionary and thesaurus on their phone? There are only so many times you can write “The author states…” before you have to switch it up a little bit.
A lot of colleges require a certain amount of foreign language credits for graduation–and even if they don’t, it’s still helpful to pick up another language or two to be more marketable to employers or clients. So why not try to test out of classes by beefing up your language skills on your phone?
Duolingo is the most popular language-learning app out there. It turns education into a game, and you can connect with your friends to turn it into a little healthy competition.
I prefer Mango over Duolingo, but I use both of them. The repetition and grammar is more attuned to how I learn than Duolingo just dropping in vocabulary. It’s also free through the library, and I am always on board with supporting the library.
Free Courses & Lectures
I’m not going to write a little blurb about all of these, but here are some of the most popular and robust apps and sites with full course lectures, tests, and activities to help you learn when you’re not in school. From graphic design to coding to Roman history, these sites have it all.
- Coursera iOS | Android | Web
- iTunes U iOS
- Udemy iOS | Android | Web
- edX iOS | Android | Web
- Course Buffet Web
- Khan Academy iOS | Web