8 learning apps to make your life easier

Phones, tablets, and even your laptop can be a ready source of distractions when you’re trying to focus on studying — but it doesn’t have to be this way! There are lots of apps available that will aid, rather than harm your studying, to make learning faster, easier, and more enjoyable. So which apps should you try? 


With the help of this app, you can create digital flashcards to help you memorise anything you want. Flashcards are particularly suited to help you learn concepts, definitions and for revision. The app has several million pre-made sets of flashcards on a wide variety of subjects, or you can create your own. It also helps you decide where to focus your learning energies, by tracking what you get right and wrong.


The Forest app is designed to help you concentrate. When you activate its countdown timer, a digital tree begins to grow in the app. The longer you go without your phone, the bigger the tree grows, but if you use your phone before the designated time is up, the tree will wither and die. You can even grow a whole forest and collect credits for the trees you grow. Once you've collected 2,500 credits, Forest will plant a real tree for you somewhere in the world — even more incentive for you to stay in the zone! 


The Duolingo app is the most famous of the language learning apps, and for good reason: you can use it to practise vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar, and it makes learning languages fun and accessible to anyone. 


Tired of traditional notebooks? Then this is the app for you. Use it to take notes and organise tasks. You can insert pictures, sounds, and your own drawings, and you can also edit, export and annotate your virtual notebooks.


This app has quizzes on a wide range of topics, and you can also create individual quizzes, for yourself, and to share with your classmates – perfect for pre-exam revision.


A mobile app that works out tricky maths problems for you, and shows you how to do it.  To use it, upload a picture of an example maths problem and the app generates the result, as well as the procedure for working it out. Great for helping you understand what to do, but make sure you don’t use it for every question! 


This is an app for improving your writing when you’re working on a computer. You can use it for any kind of writing — essays, emails, job applications, presentations and more. It can correct spelling mistakes and typos, and give you advice to improve text clarity and tone of voice. But beware, it also detects plagiarism! The only downside is that it only works when you’re online.

Microsoft Lens

An app from Microsoft Office that lets you scan and annotate documents, business cards, photos, and classroom whiteboards. Once scanned, you have everything saved in digital form, so you can throw away all of those stray scraps of paper. 

All apps can be downloaded for both Android and iOS. Ready to give them a try?