Smartphones are a lot of fun – you can use them to play games, see what your friends are up to on Facebook or Instagram, and listen to music. But these devices are also a powerful study tool when they are used the right way.
Here are a few ways you can use your smartphone to help you study:
Check the app store for free study apps: Look for ones which allow you to create flashcards, have built-in quizzes , knowledge tests or memory aids. They’re available as support tools and can help you to study when you’re on your way to university or your exam. Be aware that some may be free to download but do require in-app purchases for full functionality.
Note-taking ability: Use your smartphone to take notes while studying, and then review the notes when you’re out and about such as when you’re waiting for a train. Or give yourself short challenges, like writing answers to exam questions on your phone while waiting for your bus to arrive.
Podcasts or record notes: Look for podcasts that feature information on the subjects you are studying and listen to them. Alternatively try recording a podcast yourself by reading your study notes, some quotes or statistics you need to remember.
Use reminder features as pop quiz flash cards: Set reminders in your phone that contains information you need to remember such as formulas, statistics, or quotes. Challenge yourself by entering in a number of questions and prompting yourself to answer them on the spot whenever your reminder alarm goes off.
Look online for study materials: Use your phone to access eBooks or audio books that relate to your studies. That way you can read relevant learning materials anywhere you go, without having to carry around a heavy book
Browse the internet to find out things you don’t know: A phone with an internet connection gives you access to a lot of information, at any time. If you’re studying and you come across a term or concept that you’re not familiar with, you can search for an explanation.
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Brains trust: Use your contacts on social media, in your address book or in online forums to ask for help and advice when studying. It’s likely that someone has been there before, and figured out how to find the answer.
Set a study calendar: Get organised and use your phone’s time management features to make sure you’re fitting in enough study time. Block out different parts of the day for study time and set reminders to remind yourself.
- Use reminders to create an instant spot-quiz
- Use podcasts, eBooks and audio books to study on the go
- Connect with your friends that have been there before