By Jane Hurst
As a college student, or a high school graduate who is entering college this fall, you need study tools, but you also need tools that will fit into your budget. Not only do you need these tools for college, you need them now, because you should be continuing your studies right through the summer so you are fully prepared for college. Luckily, there are all kinds of awesome learning apps that are absolutely free to use, and they will help you to get the most out of your college experience. Here are our top picks.
If you have notes to type, but you just can’t type any longer because your fingers are so sore, use Dragon Dictation. It will convert all of your spoken words digitally, and then you can paste what you have said to other apps, send it as a message in an email, or even save it to use later. This is great for those who find that typing makes their hands sore. You can even use this tool to dictate text messages, so everything you do is hands-free.
Test your memory using smart flashcards from Brainscape. You can create your own sets of flashcards to use whenever you need them, so you can always test yourself and improve your memory all the time. Brainscape is easy to use, and you don’t have to pay for it.
This is a great general study tool that has flashcards for just about any topic you can think of. The flashcard sets are created by high school and college students, so you get the information that you really need to pass all of your exams. If you can’t find what you need, you can make up your own course of flashcards. You can also use images and audio in your flashcard sets.
A website builder that is easy to use and doesn’t cost anything is IM CREATOR. You can build websites that are simple yet elegant, and of course, extremely effective. As a college student, you can use a website to make that much-needed extra money, and this is a builder that is going to help you do just that. You can find other website builder options at SiteBuilderAwards, so you can easily create your own great website in just a few minutes. Check out reviews about various builders so you can choose the one that is best suited to your particular needs.
While this is promoted as a communication app, it is actually a whole lot more. It offers text chat, voice chat, video, file sharing, etc., and it can be used as a study app. You can get last-minute info from classmates right before an exam, and they can send you files to download. If you can’t read their writing (from notes they sent), you will be able to chat and make sure that you have all of the necessary information.
Use this app to take notes, draw diagrams, create presentations, create spreadsheets, and more, and keep everything right in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere. Google Drive is a collection of office apps that are cloud-based, and you will have more storage than you will likely ever need. If you do run out, it doesn’t cost much to get more. All apps are browser-based, but there are iOS and Android versions. You can sign up for free using your email address, and signup is automatic with a Gmail account.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot.