Top 6 apps for studying


Smartphones aren’t just great for hunting Pokemon or posting pictures of your dinner to Instagram, they can also help you out with studying. Who knew? Here are our top 6 apps for helping you achieve that much needed 2:1 (or first if you’re lucky)…


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  1. Oxford Dictionary 

Want to make to pad out your word count with fancy words? Or found a word in a textbook and have no idea what the hell it means? The Oxford Dictionary app has your back. You can use your phone camera to search for the meanings of words, add categories to your favourites and even learn how to ‘combine academic words naturally’.

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2. RefME

Having to spend ages referencing books, websites and journals is not what you want to do when you’ve just finished a 3000 word essay. Not only is it boring but it prevents you going out for that post-essay celebration. RefME is an app that lets you use your camera to scan barcodes and immediately get the reference in the style you need.


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3. iTunes U

Apple’s very own answer to helping students organise themselves. iTunes U allows you to tick off completed assignments, hold group discussions with your classes and lecturers and even get feedback on your work.



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4. Class Timetable 

Are you always missing your 9ams? Or are terribly unorganised and have no clue what classes you have? Lecturers are always going to notice if you never turn up, unfortunately. The Class Timetable app helps you to add all your classes to a schedule, you can add assignments to your task list and customise each class with pretty colours.


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5. ArticleSearch

This app is perfect for finding articles across multiple sources for your essay research. You can access the full academic articles straight from your smartphone and easily search for the topics you need. It lets you save texts to your favourites for easy access later on and you can easily clear previous searches by shaking your device.


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6. Quizlet

Quizlet offers you the chance to learn your subjects off by heart with quizzes and games, adding something just a little bit different from the usual monotonous studying. You can create your own flashcards, test your memory, share your study sets with your friends and even listen to the correct pronunciations of words in different languages.


All apps are available for free on the Apple Store. Photo credits: Apple/iTunes.

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