7 best study apps
As a busy professional, sometimes the best time for you to study or revise is while you’re travelling. Now there are hundreds of apps and gadgets to help you […]
As a busy professional, sometimes the best time for you to study or revise is while you’re travelling. Now there are hundreds of apps and gadgets to help you do just that.
Here are some of the best on the market to help you achieve your professional qualification.
If flashcards are your thing, try Flashcards+ created by young entrepreneur Connor Zwick. The app has been downloaded more than one million times, and has a very clean and usable interface. It’s highly rated and features include pronunciation help for 22 languages, millions of decks accessible from the Quizlet app, deck shuffling and more.
Quizlet is also a flashcard style app that boasts millions of flashcard study sets for numerous topics, mostly created by users. You can create and share your own, even including images and audio if you fancy a bit of variety. The other great thing about Quizlet is that many other similar flash card apps support it, so you can access your own Quizlet content through other apps if you need to.
MyScript Smart Note
If you prefer to scribble rather than type, MyScript Smart Note is one of the best for physical note-taking on a tablet. Its handwriting recognition is impressive, and you can have the handwriting converted and replaced by the digital equivalent. The app also allows you to edit your handwriting with special gestures, insert drawings and other media such as equations, images, sound or PDF files from various cloud storage services.
One of the best mind mapping apps on the market is XMind. While the mobile version is still a work in progress, if you have access to desktop/ laptop computer, you can use it effectively as a planning and study tool. As the app is free and packed with features and mind maps shared by other users, it’s definitely worth a try.
Evernote is top dog when it comes to note taking apps, allowing bookmarking, composing, clipping, to do lists and more. If you like to be organised and have everything in one place, this is the app for you. It’s available on multiple platforms, web browsers and mobile apps. If you install the iPad version of Evernote, the Evernote Peek app gives you the ability to do distraction-free, flashcard-style quizzing on question sets that either you create, or from shared content.
If you prefer to watch educational videos on the go, Khan Academy has thousands upon thousands of them. The content might not be as specific as you need it to be for individual papers, but it hosts plenty of useful content to get your mind working while you’re on the move.
Official professional body apps
While you might expect these to be top notch, none of the professional bodies have quiet nailed their revision apps yet. The best CIMA resource for revision is a Know Your Subject range, which has a separate app for each paper. These are kept fairly up to date, but they are also quite pricey. ACCA’s Exam Expert 2 looks pretty decent, but with little promotion and uptake, your school or provider may have better resources.