5 useful apps for studying

Experts will tell you that effective study is 50% content and 50% strategy. Use these free apps to organise your study notes and ensure important resources are only a few taps away. No bulky notebooks, photocopies, giant calculators or ridiculously well supplied pencil cases needed.

We’ve already told you what the best web resources are for students, now it’s time to find out which free apps will justify using your phone in class.


Access your notes anywhere with Evernote, an app that works with almost every smartphone and computer system. Use it to write and store your own notes, pictures and documents. It also works as a web bookmarking service and comes in handy during project collaboration. You can make multiple notebooks (one for every subject) and create links between posts with a tagging system. The best part is this isn’t a one app deal, you can download Evernote to all your devices and synchronise them to the same account. Moleskins are cool but this is cooler.


Attention Science, Design, Hospitality and Engineering students! This app was made for you.  With Snapguide you can create and share your own step-by-step guides with pictures, videos, captions and all. Whether you need to keep records of an experiment or have been looking for a way to keep tabs on your latest Design and Tech project, this app won’t disappoint. Finished projects are uploaded to the Snapguide website and can be shared via social media.


With Wikipedia we’re all smarty pants—provided there’s a computer handy. What happens when you’re caught sans laptop with a painfully slow Internet browser on your smartphone? Wikipanion was designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad and prides itself on being easy to read and quick to load. Constant genius.

StudyBlue Flashcards

Flashcards are a useful study method especially if you’re learning a language or need to familiarise yourself with chemical formulas beyond, H2O. With the StudyBlue Flashcard app, available for most smartphones, you can create your own flashcards, test your knowledge with millions online flashcards, work in offline mode and track your progress so you can reopen the app where you last kicked off.


Scientific calculator are huge, bulky and frankly not worth the hassle since most of us are addicted to flipping to the answer page. CalcMadeEasy has all the freaky symbols needed to crack more complicated science and math equations and it’ll take automatic notes while you do it. You can also write added notes, possibly about what formula you’ll use next time but more likely (in our case) estimating whether or not you can afford to go out on the weekend.

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