May 20, 2015

Apps Helpful for Learning

Name of ApplicationDescriptionPrice
Mind Mapping Applications
MindNode-Mind MapMakes brainstorming and organizing ideas easier. It has an incredibly simple interface that closely resembles mind-mapping programs for PC or Mac.$2.49/month or $19.99/year
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 or $9.99
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+
Cogglecreate and share mind mapsFree and monthly memberships
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. $8.99 & $0.99+
GoodNotes 5Another fantastic note-taking app that’s essentially Notability with a different interface.$7.99
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 & $4.99+
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.$12.99
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 (with USC) or $6.99/month or 69.99/year
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
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. Free & $0.99+
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 & $39.99
Microsoft To DoA scheduling app that allows for list groups (folders), steps (subtasks), file attachments and sharing and task assignments.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 & $0.99+
TodoistTrack big and small deadlines, personal tasks and goals as soon as they pop into your head. Prioritize your tasks with priority levels, track your progress and built habits with recurring due dates like “every Monday”.Free & $3.99
TickTickSchedule an agenda, make memos, share shopping lists, collaborate in a team or develop a new habit. Set recurring tasks, create checklists within tasks and label tasks by priority. Free & $2.99+
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
TideA timer to assist with productivity, sleep and deep breathing. This app has a relaxing interface, minimalist design and calming nature sounds. Free & $0.99+
ForestWith every session that you remain focused on this app, a gamified tree will be planted! Leaving the app before the timer has finished, causes your tree to wither. Use this app if you need enhanced motivation to study.

$1.99 & $0.99+
Focus Keeper FreeWith this app, use a timer to stay productive and stay focused.Free & $1.99
ProductiveProductive helps you build a routine of life-changing habits. Set personal goals, track your progress, and motivate yourself. Free & $2.99+
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+
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
BeFocusedStay on task by breaking up individual tasks with intervals, separated by short breaks. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period.Free
PomoDoneAppSync tasks, create tasks, break and switch between tasks within one timer. Stay focused then track and analyze how long things are taking.Free
HabitMinderForm healthy habits by tracking your hydration, exercise, healthy eating, breathing/ mindfulness and much more. Reminders will notify you when it is time to complete your habit.Free & $19.99
PavlokPavlok aims to help you keep track of your progress whether that is forming new habits or breaking bad habits. Track the number of zaps to understand when you are doing that bad habit using a wearable wristband. There is also a health kit where you can monitor your sleep patterns.Free & $39.99
TogglTime tracking: can track how long you work on certain tasks and how long you spent on certain websites. There is an auto tracker feature and can sync your calendar. Free to 18/month
Habit TrackerCreate and track your habits in the app. There an option for adding friends for additional motivation. Free
PomodorTimer/break system like the pomodoro technique. Allows for customization of labels for specific work sessionsFree (web-based)
Habiticatime management app that gamifies completing tasksFree
Focus to domodeled after the Pomodoro app which allows you to split up tasks and set remindersFree
Self-care Applications
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
CalmThis app uses realistic landscape scenes and guided meditations to help improve anxiety management, concentration, and emotional regulation. Using you can receive a 10-day free trial of Premium! Free & $14.99+
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
Relax MelodiesFall asleep using nature sounds, white noise, brainwaves, guided meditations and bedtime stories provided within this popular sleeping application.Free & $4.99+
Breathing ZoneA mindful breathing exercise that slows your breathing rate to calm you down and help you feel more relaxed.$2.99
Sleep TownMade by the same team as Forest, it helps build healthy sleep routines. If you use your phone during "bedtime: it destroys part of the town that is being built1.99
PillowA sleep cycle tracker that explores personal trends. Free
MeditoAvailable on iOS and Android, this free app is designed for people who are new to meditation and includes courses for different levels of experienceFree
Educational Apps
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 & $11.99+
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 & $6.99+
ModMathWrite and solve equations with a piece of virtual graph paper to improve speed and legibility. Virtual graph paper creates a pencil-free format in which to complete arithmetic. Solve basic and complex math equations.Free & $2.99+
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 & $1.99+
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
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 & $2.99
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.$2.99 & $3.99+
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 & $29.99+
PocketSave the latest stories, articles, news, sports and videos from any device to read for later. You can read, watch or listen to any content while you work out, commute, walk or just relax. Think of it as a reward for cranking through your work. Free & $4.99+
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 & $9.99
Beeline ReaderImproves reading speed and reading ability for readers.$4.99+
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 & $1.99+
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+
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.
SwiftReadChrome extension. Helps to increase reading speed, greater focus and increase visual span. Both a free version and paid version. Free & 29.00
Browser Extensions
EquatIOWrite math expressions, formulas and quizzes. Dictate, type or handwrite math equations to have them automatically uploaded to a Google Doc or another document. Makes math digital and turns expressions into clear, accurate on-screen formulas. Free
Insert LearningTransform any web page into an interactive lesson by inserting questions, videos, sticky notes and more. Free
HabitMinderForm healthy habits by tracking your hydration, exercise, healthy eating, breathing/ mindfulness and much more. Reminders will notify you when it is time to complete your habit.Free & $19.99
Feedlya. For those that are subscribed to a lot of news article websites, this app helps organize all the articles by topic and prioritize which ones you may find the most important according to your feedbackFree