When your studying alongside a full-time job, you may need to study on the go! Below is a list of the best study apps to help.
When you're trying to complete a professional qualification alongside a full-time job, you need to make the most of the time you have available. That can mean revising while commuting or testing yourself over lunch. Luckily, there are hundreds of apps and gadgets on the market to help you do just that. We've compiled a list of some of the best to help you study on the go
If you like to revise using flashcards, Quizlet is a flashcard style app that boasts countless flashcard study sets across a huge range of topics, mostly created by users. You also can create and share your own, with the added bonus of being able to use images and audio if you like a bit of variety. Quizlet rates highly because many other similar flash card apps support it, allowing you to access your own Quizlet content through other apps...
Flashcards+ is another flashcard style app created by entrepreneur Connor Zwick. This hugely popular (and highly rated) app has been downloaded more than one million times from the Apple store, and has a very clean and usable interface. It gives access to millions of decks accessible from the Quizlet app, enables deck shuffling and more.
Evernote is the one to beat when it comes to note taking apps, with great features for bookmarking, composing, clipping, to do lists and more. If you're one of those organised people who likes to have everything in one place, this is the app for you. It's available on multiple platforms, web browsers and mobile. With the iPad version of Evernote you can also access Evernote Peek, which gives you the ability to carry out distraction-free, flashcard-style quizzing on our own (or other) question sets.
MyScript Smart Note
If you're more of a scribbler than a typer, MyScript Smart Note is one of the best for physical note-taking on a tablet. It has fantastic handwriting recognition, and you have the ability to convert handwriting and replace it with the digital equivalent. With this app you can also edit your handwriting with special gestures, plus insert drawings or other media such as equations, sound, images, or PDF files from your cloud storage services.
One of the best mind mapping apps on the market is XMind, which is especially good if you like your notes to look pretty. The mobile version is still being developed and improved, but on a desktop or laptop computer you can use it as a planning and study tool. The app is free to download and is packed with features (including a library of mind maps shared by other users) - it's definitely worth a look.
If watching educational videos on the go is more your thing, Khan Academy has a huge catalogue of them. While you might not find much content that's as specific as you need it to be for individual papers, there are plenty of useful videos to get you thinking in the right way about various topics while you're on the move.
Official professional body apps
At this day in age you might expect these to be top of the class, but none of the professional bodies are quite hitting the mark with their revision apps yet. The best CIMA app for revision is the Know Your Subject range, which creates a new app for each paper. This range is kept fairly up to date, but be expected to pay for them - they aren't cheap! ACCA's Exam Expert 2 is the best of the bunch for that body, but they don't make a big deal of it, so you may be better off with resources provided by your own school.