May 20, 2015

Apps Helpful for Learning

Name of ApplicationDescriptionPrice
Mind Mapping Applications
MindNodeMakes brainstorming and organizing ideas easier. It has an incredibly simple interface that closely resembles mind-mapping programs for PC or Mac.$14.99
SimpleMindOne of the highest-rated mind mapping applications. It has intuitive design and functionality, allowing users to gather their thoughts with precision and ease. The paid version is more polished and allows users to email the maps they make.Free & $5.99
Guided MindRelax and get guided through meditations on a variety of topics dealing with the stresses and challenges of day-to-day life.Free & $0.99+
Note Taking Applications
NotabilityTaking notes with a stylus is starting to make sense. A couple of things that set apps like Notability apart are that users can write more freely as opposed to constantly worrying about spacing and can upload PDFs that can be highlighted as well as commented upon. $9.99
GoodNotes 4Another fantastic note-taking app that’s essentially Notability with a different interface.$6.99
EvernoteA one-stop shop to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device. Collect and find your information easily. It’s a great tool for researching, planning events and everyday organizational use. Collaborate with others on projects using the sharing features.Free & $2.99+
NotesPlusVery much like the prior two apps. The major difference is that NotesPlus offers users far more options for customization, and allows users to browse the web without having to close the application. $9.99
Sound NoteType or write out your notes while the audio recording is synced to each word or pen stroke. Tap on the word and then the play button to playback what was being said at that moment in the audio recording. Share your audio recording and notes via email, Dropbox, or transfer directly to your computer.$4.99
AudioNoteSynchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture and take hand-written notesImport lecture slides as the background to your notes. Compatible with Apple/Android O.S.$9.99
Microsoft One NoteTake all your notes by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, videos, web links and other resources. Divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages. Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others to work on and interact with and search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need.Free
Scheduling and Organization Applications
IStudiez ProUser-friendly organizational app that helps keep track of a student’s courses, readings, homework assignments, grades, and overall schedule. Paid version is more refined and user-friendly. $2.99
Remember the MilkThis program sends you reminders about all the stuff you have to get done. It can be set to send either text messages or emails. RTM is available for PC or Mac as well. Free
WunderlistA 5-star scheduling app that does much of what IStudiez Pro does. Wunderlist has one of the most pleasant and simple interfaces around. It is also available for PC or Mac.Free
My Homework PlannerTrack your homework, tests, projects, and lessons and set and receive reminders when assignments are due or tests are coming up. Set up your class schedule within the app. Sync your information with any of the available devices. Free & $4.99
Google KeepOrganize thoughts into lists, reminders, or notes through the use of labels color coded notes on Google Keep. Attach pictures and audio to notes. Share with friends and sync across devices or access via web browser.Free
Productivity Applications
Focus Keeper FreeWith this app, use a timer to stay productive and stay focused.Free & $1.99
30/30This app is similar to Pomodoro, but it has a different look and interface.Free
ProductiveProductive helps you build a routine of life-changing habits. Set personal goals, track your progress, and motivate yourself. Free
TrelloCreate boards to organize anything you’re working on, use them solo or invite coworkers, friends, and family to collaborate, customize workflows for different projects, and much more.Free & $4.99+
StridesTrack all your goals and habits. It is also a SMART goal tracker, with reminders to hold you accountable and charts to keep you motivated.Free & $4.99+
PearltreesSave web pages, photos, files, docs, PDF, notes and organize them into beautiful collections. Explore and share lots of content on your favorite topics.Free & $1.99+
UnstuckOffers up personalized digital tools and content to help you get from stuck to unstuck.Free
Self-care Applications
Focus@WillThe idea is to open this app while doing homework. It plays relaxing sounds and displays comforting images in the background which are meant to boost a user’s focus. Free
Simple HabitsNeed help getting motivated to floss your teeth, comb your hair, or get a few minutes of exercise in during the day? With Simple Habits, users can make a list of habits they want to form, and check off the ones that they do each day. The app will keep track of how many days in a row each one has been completed. Free
MintAssists users with keeping track of their money. Sync Mint with your online bank statements, and access all of your accounts from one place! Free
Breathe2RelaxEver been curious about breathing exercises and whether they will help you manage stress? This app provides an introduction to guided breathing as well as some of its potential benefits. Free
Breathing ZoneA mindful breathing exercise that slows your breathing rate to calm you down and help you feel more relaxed.$3.99
Educational Apps
Flashcards+Users can make digital flashcards, study them, and save them to their device for future reference.Free
QuizletAllows users to make flashcards or use ones that have been made by others. Just search your topic, and use the study tools that others have published about it. Free
Ted TalksBrowse and view thousands of prerecorded talks to help with research, brainstorming, or to just relax. Free
Khan AcademyA portable teacher of sorts. Users can search a topic and watch an audio-visual lecture regarding it. Lectures are first-rate, and are very good at breaking down difficult concepts. Free
Wolfram AlphaInput a math question, and this app will give you the answer as well as a step-by-step breakdown of how it got the answer. $2.99
Study BlueStudy virtually any topic with this on-the-go flashcard study aid. Create your own flash cards or use one of the “over 150 million” notes and cards already created by others uses. Test yourself and get your score of how many right and wrong answers, with the option to focus more on the items you don’t know. Study on the go using your mobile deviceFree & $8.99+
DuolingoA friendly and easy to use language-learning app that helps you learn and practice over 23 different languages through fun & bit-sized lessons.Free & $9.99+
Reading and Vocabulary Apps
QuickReaderApp that trains users to speed-read. Comes with access to an online bookstore with over 2 million books, including all those classics you said you’d get to “one day”.$4.99
Vocabulary HDA vocab-building app that has 500 words and five levels of difficulty. Free
Capti NarratorConvert documents and webpages into text-to-speech. Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser and listen to document immediately or save it into your playlist for future listening. Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase. Free & $1.99+
SpritzTest your reading speed using Spritz to find your optimum reading speed to use in partnership with Readsy. Increase or decrease the test reading speed to find your balance of speed and comprehension. Spritz custom interface called the Spritzlet, adjusts word position and red letter placement for increased focus, attention, and comprehension. Various websites and apps have the Spritz/Spritzlet embedded in it.Free & $4.99+
GrammarlyEliminate writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage. Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions. Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future. Grammarly works anywhere on your Chrome browser, including emails, essays, social media posts and more. Free
TexttoSpeechProduces natural sounding synthesized text from the words that you have entered in. With 36 different voices to choose from and the ability to adjust the rate and pitch, there are countless ways in which the synthesized voice can be adjusted.Free & $1.99
Beeline ReaderImproves reading speed and reading ability for readers.Free
ReadMe!Has the ability to increase reading speed with ease. It dramatically improves reading fluency for readers of all levels, including those with dyslexia.Free & $0.99+
SpreederSpreeder tracks your reading so you can see your improvement. You get detailed reports on the time you spend, your reading speed, and how things change over time. It eliminates bad reading habits, such as regression. Free & $4.99+
Natural ReaderNatural Reader is a text-to-speech app that reads webpages, documents, and e-books aloud to you with quality, natural-sounding voices. This is a great tool for dyslexic learners and learners with other reading difficulties.Free & $0.99+
Grammar UpImprove your grammar, word choices, and vocabulary. This app was designed as a prep tool for the TOEIC English proficiency test. Paid version, which includes more questions, is also available for $4.99.