“The unexamined life is not worth living” - Socrates
No matter what kind of smartphone you have, you should be able to enjoy a variety of useful apps. Both the App Store and the Google Play Store have plenty of apps that you can use online and offline almost anywhere.
Our phones are almost part of us by this point and no matter what you’re looking for, there’s probably an app out there to do it. There are an estimated 3 million educational apps out there!
Why not use these apps to help you with homework or revision?
There are plenty of advantages to using them. Developers have created apps for various platforms that we can use almost anywhere.
It should be noted that can you also find apps for tablets, too, but we’ll be mainly looking at the apps for smartphones. Grab your phone and start looking for some great apps today.
Still not convinced?
Here are the advantages of using smartphone apps.
A Practical Choice
A smartphone app doesn’t need to be a distraction, it can be a useful tool that helps you to revise or to do your homework. This is why there are so many educational apps. Whether you’re on Windows Phone, Android, or iOS, you’ll probably have a phone that can download apps.
You can use your smartphone to help you with revision and studying as you can guarantee that you’ll have it with you. No matter what your schedule is like, you can study maths, history, English, science, and even art anywhere you like. It’s like having a genie in your pocket.
Let’s not forget that a smartphone is also much lighter than textbooks. This is particularly useful if your schoolbag is already pretty full.
Experts suggest that children's schoolbags or satchels shouldn't weigh more than 10% of their body weight. For the average 11-year-old, this means they shouldn’t be carrying more than 3.5kg or 8lbs of books. That’s already quite a lot of books.
Apps are a practical choice because they’re light and stop you from having to carry tonnes of books. If you already know the basics, you can use your phone to download an app and learn more about a given subject that you like.
Apps Are Fun
A lot of apps often present revision like a quiz. These quizzes can also include corrections and a summary sheet of the topics covered.
This allows students to correct errors, learn, and have fun.
The apps are often colourful and fun and a great way to keep students, especially young ones, focused on learning. They’re far from the dull textbooks you might be used to.
Apps can allow you to study without even realising you’re doing it!
While some apps require a subscription, they usually cost a lot less than hiring a private tutor. There are also plenty of free apps. This is an option that teens can afford with their pocket money or wages from a part-time job.
Even the apps that you have to pay for are rarely expensive with most costing less than £10. This adds up to far less than hiring a tutor weekly.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that apps are just as good as a private tutor, but they are an economic option for families and students on a budget or looking for a cheaper option.
Using apps for studying is a great way to save time as you can use them at almost any time. If you’re on the bus, on a short break, or stuck in traffic (given you’re not driving!), you can use this time to revise.
Apps are also good for avoiding the frustration of losing precious minutes that could be spent revising.
Who would have thought that smartphone apps could be anything but a distraction?
Of course, there are also plenty of time-consuming apps that won’t help you study and smartphones are really good for that, too. With a decent signal, you can download an app in a matter of seconds whenever you need one.
The best thing about apps is that they’re normally designed for one purpose and one purpose only. Educational apps are there to teach and test. This is why they’re often designed to be appealing and memorable.
Fundamentally, they’ll show us something, test us on our understanding, and help us to progress. You’ll know if you can advance to a new topic or whether you need more time with the current one.
Apps live and die on whether or not they’re effective. Apps that don’t help students to learn won’t be downloaded and won’t become popular. This means that apps largely do what they’re supposed to and, as a result, they do it effectively, saving students a lot of time.
Learn to Study Independently with Apps
Whether you’re using a smartphone or tablet, apps are useful tools for studying on your own. Unlike with a tutor or a teacher, apps are usually designed for a single user to use on their own.
It’s incredibly important that we take control of our own learning and apps can help us do that. After all, when it comes to revision, people can help you, but no one can do it for you. The better you are at studying independently, the better you’ll be at studying.
Time to study!
Encouraging Students to Learn
Finally, one of the best advantages of smartphone study apps is that they can encourage students to learn. They’re designed to make students want to use them to progress.
Many of them include levels or stages, which can create a positive feedback loop that encourages students to want to advance onto the next level. They use more of a carrot than a stick and it’s been shown to work over and over again.
A willingness to learn goes a long way, which is why it’s important to choose the right app for students as there are literally millions of them.
As you’ll have gathered, studying with smartphone apps is a great idea. In addition to helping students revise, it can also help them to develop independent study skills.
After all, this is what we’re after. The rest is now up to you!
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