When exams loom heavy on the horizon students do what they can to prepare themselves for the mental strain ahead: revising, re-revising, chewing at fingernails and pulling at hair.
Happily, for screenagers everywhere the abundance of digital help on offer means revision is becoming easier and more accessible than ever before. For this two-part blog I’ve looked at some of the best apps on the market and cobbled together a list of great techy tools that will help you through the exam period, from note-taking and planning to de-stressing and zen; it’s all here.
Part 1 focuses on the organisational side of things, so without further ado let’s launch this thing
Getting organised, revising & cramming
Coggle: Simple to use, web-based mind mapping tool that’s easy to pick up and run with. Double-click on any item to edit, and click the plus signs on either side to add branches to your mind map. Click and hold to drag them around the canvas to design your mind map any way you like. Coggle will automatically assign different colours to your branches, but clicking on a branch will bring up a colour wheel so you can personalise it yourself. When you’ve finished a map, you can download it as a PDF or PNG, share it with others who can just view it or (if you allow it) edit your mind map. Best of all Coggle is completely free.
Wunderlist: Keep track of your daily to-dos, appointments, exam times and due dates with Wunderlist. Great for staying up to date with deadlines in the modules you’re studying and making sure you don’t miss any important tests. If you’ve planned it in, Wunderlist will badger you until it’s done.
XMind: Another web-based mapping tool, you can organise your ideas and thoughts in a variety of different formats, diagrams and designs with the ever-flexible (and free) XMind. From simple mind maps to fishbone style flowcharts there’s something for everyone here and you can even add images and icons to differentiate parts of a project or specific idea, as well as adding links and multimedia content to each item. Highly rated.
FlashCards++: Onother popular method for learning and revision just went digital - flashcards. Create your own or import from a vast database for swipe-based learning. This app even collects data about your study habits and helps you monitor your progress. Flashy.
Revision App: Apptly named (see what I did there?) this iPhone and iPad compatible tool has all the bases covered – whether it’s Maths, English or Science at GCSE, A or University level you’ll find help here. Features over 1 million flash cards & revision notes covering loads of subjects at all levels. Dive in.
Evernote: There are plenty of note-taking tools out there, and judging by its popularity Evernote is up there with the best. Lets you join up notes, clippings and images in such a way that puts crumpled notepads to shame.
And that’s your lot for part 1 – please feel free to use the comment box below to share any others you may have come across. Look out for part 2 where I’ll be introducing you to some super cerebral apps you may not have thought about using before…