Apps for Study Skills

The Education Techie writes about tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at mobile apps that can help you improve your academic performance. Today: study apps.

Mobile Apps to Improve Study Skills

In this series, we've already explored how to turn your smartphone into a mobile homework helper. But what about studying? As it turns out, there are apps for that too. Most of the studying apps I found are flashcard apps. Some of them have different accompanying bells and whistles that can allow you to enhance your studying experience. Whichever one you decide is best for you, having flashcards at your fingertips is likely to make studying more convenient. You might even convince yourself to swap out some of that time spent playing Angry Birds for good quality study time.

Cram

An iOS-only app, Cram allows users to make flashcards with images. In addition to making flashcards, you can also use the program to generate multiple-choice tests to ensure you're actually absorbing the knowledge you're studying. The app also generates progress reports so you can monitor how you're doing. Cram features a clean, easy-to-use interface and has been recognized for its quality by numerous media outlets.

A bonus to this app is that it plugs in to Quizlet, an online flashcard program that I've taken a look at previously. If you use Quizlet, you can import your flashcards from that program into Cram. And even if you aren't a Quizlet user, you can still benefit from its extensive database of pre-made flashcards. Cram is compatible with all iOS devices, and is $3.99 in the iTunes store. You can also download a free Cram app for your Mac.

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StudyDroid

This free, Android-only app exists as a companion to the StudyDroid website. Though you can use the app on its own, the StudyDroid site allows users to do more with the app. With the app itself, you can create flashcards and add images, including pictures you take with your phone's camera. If you don't like the idea of using your phone's keyboard to create flashcards, you can register for an account on the StudyDroid site. It's free to register, and allows you to sync with the app on your phone.

The site allows users some additional controls over their flashcard creation, and also gives users a bit more flexibility in terms of use, since you will have the ability to use your computer, and not just your phone, to look at your flashcards. The StudyDroid site also features a large database of pre-made cards that cover subjects like art, vocabulary, Spanish, biology and pharmacology. The StudyDroid site doesn't feature a super fancy design, but it gets the job done, and is popular enough with users to have more than 7 million cards in its database.

iMemento

iMemento is compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch only. This program allows users to create flashcards on their computer, and then transfer them to their mobile device. This will likely be a plus for users who don't want to use the small on-screen keyboard on the iPhone. You can transfer a variety of file formats, including CSV, meaning that you can import charts and graphs if you'd like.

Once your cards are loaded into iMemento, you can configure them in a variety of ways. Users can add photographic backgrounds to cards, control font size and whether or not flashcards are animated. In addition to these controls, users can also configure the algorithm used to present flashcards. This app also allows you to quiz yourself on the cards. iMemento tracks your speed and accuracy when you are being quizzed. You can purchase iMemento for $3.99. If you aren't ready to take the full plunge, you can get a lite version of the app for free.

This is the third article in a series about mobile apps that can help make you a better student. Previously, the Techie wrote about writing apps and math apps. The techie will continue looking out for the best education tech tools, so stay tuned for more!

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