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5 study-friendly mobile apps


It’s not called a “smartphone” for nothing. Clinch that A in world history, French or precalculus with these five free apps that will help you with your studies, not distract you from them.

StudyBlue flashcards

StudyBlue is a free study service that offers flashcards, quizzing, tracking for study session progress and more. Make sets of flashcards that are easy to flip through and fun to track your progress with. It’s much easier than writing your own on tons of index cards.

Rating: 4/5
Price: Free
Other notes: Signing up for a free account is required to access the app.


Quizlet


Quizlet’s flashcards familiarize you with new vocabulary by using audio and full-screen images. This app is perfect for anyone studying a foreign language. Create your own set of flashcards online, or search the database for sets that have already been written.

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free
Other notes: Signing up for a free account is required to access the app.


Khan Academy

Browse and watch videos from Khan Academy, which houses a wide collection of educational videos covering topics ranging from math and chemistry to art history. Check it out at www.khanacademy.com.

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free


SimpleMind

SimpleMind is a mind-mapping tool that turns your phone into a brainstorming, idea-collecting and thought-structuring device.

Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free
Other notes: Upgrading to the pro version (US$4.99–$5.99) allows you to share your maps.


Lumosity

Improve your memory, attention span and overall brain performance through scientifically based brain workouts. These games test your speed, memory and attention. Strengthening these areas will help you retain what you learn in all of your classes.

Rating: 4/5
Price: Free (limited option)
Other notes: This app is currently only available for the iPhone, but it’s also available online for a minimal monthly fee.

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