Six exam apps that will help you study smarter (not harder)

A swift run-through of useful apps that will help you get organised and focused.

My Study Life [free; Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome]

My Study Life is an all-in-one student organiser, with scheduling and class timetabling that can sync with your calendar. The reminders notify you of incomplete tasks and upcoming classes and exams. It provides a task manager that goes beyond the simple to-do list, with functionality specific to student lifestyles. It also syncs across all devices, saves everything to the cloud and is available offline. So you can work on a paper offline, then save it to the cloud and have it linked to a task and timetable.

Quizlet [free, Android, iOS]

Quizlet is popular with teachers and students alike. The app allows you to create your own study materials across a wide range of subjects or use a vast library of materials created by other Quizlet users. Teachers use it to set their students challenges and tests by creating specific materials and then sharing it online, in or out of the classroom. Quizlet is a fun way to learn, as it uses videos and audio, so you can make your own dynamic flashcards and play learning games, especially useful for learning languages.

Pocket [Android, iOS, Chrome]

Spending as much time as we do on our phones and computers, surfing web pages with so much content, it’s hard to read everything we come across, which can be a shame when it could be something useful for your studies. If only there was a way to save things for later without it getting lost. Say hello to Pocket. It allows you to save articles, videos and other web content in a vibrant and easy to read experience on your phone, computer or tablet. It has powerful search and tagging tools, which means you can organise web pages by subject. It also works really well with apps like X, Flipboard, Facebook and Evernote, among others.

Google Translate [free; Android, iOS]

With over 90 languages and more than 200 million people using Google Translate, there’s no reason not to be understood these days, no matter where you are or who you’re trying to communicate with: a Welsh-speaking Argentinian in Patagonia or a reindeer herder in Siberia. Quite simply Google Translate is essential if you’re studying in a new language, or you’re a language student. It can also help you feel more comfortable in new countries and situations.

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Compass planner

Although a web rather than a mobile app, our new Compass planning tool helps you visualise your study year and take a snapshot of the likely planning, learning and final revision time required to successfully attempt the exams. Select the exams you plan to sit over the next 12 months, set a study duration and we’ll map out the recommended planning, learning and revision stages for you. You can mark past exams as complete, and plot time to sit EPSM, so you have full view of your ACCA journey. Then take a snapshot to save or share.  

The tool is designed to help you plan at a high level, and should be used in combination with detailed information on progression rules and exam methods.

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