By Nicholas Pavlov ‘16
Cell phones aren’t just for Facebook and Instagram. They are also excellent study partners, and they help students get through their daily lives.
Many students rely on apps because they help students make the class grade they so dearly desire. Whether it’s math problems, flash cards, study guides, planners or even translators; educational apps will help students prosper.
“Ever since my first day of high school,” said Pavlo Kharchenko ’16, “I have always been looking for various applications that can help me stay organized and improve my learning experience.”
There are many apps that are specially designed to help students study. The app “Khan Academy” is one of those apps that give top-notch education to students who are in need of immediate help.
This free app contains thousands of didactic videos explaining math, science, the SATs, MCATs, and history. It is the ultimate app for all students because it could prevent confusion on test day.
“Khan Academy is the best app in the app store,” said frequent app user Kevin Platanov ’16. “The app has helped me with many chemistry problems that I didn’t understand.”
Students take AP classes are also using this application in order to expand their knowledge. Many students struggle with time and decision-making such as choosing the right time to study. The “AP Planner” app is designed to help students get ready for their AP exam and be confident when taking it. µ
The app simplifies the book into specific departments and it allows the student to choose a schedule based on the date of the exam and when the student would like to begin studying. The app sends AP exam questions as notifications and it even makes notes in the device’s calendar.
“The app is user-friendly and it has made AP physics exams easier to study for,” said Anas Choudhary ’16.
Tests are an analysis of student’s knowledge, and flashcards are an effective way to examine yourself. However, making flashcards is time-consuming and it causes mental fatigue.
The app “Study Blue” is specially designed to improve student’ flashcards and their study habits. The app will help students create their own flashcards by taking pictures, writing text, and even recording audio. The app will help students learn at a faster rate, and it will help them learn more material in a productive way.
Receiving good grades does not only require studying. Organization is another key factor to receiving satisfying grades. The app “Evernote” is an app that will organize your life into specific folders, and will create a more organized lifestyle for students.
Whether it’s the research papers, to-do lists, class notes or even homework, Evernote continues to outperform the competition. Students can save anything into the app and the folders can be accessed under any device. It is not difficult to locate saved files and they can be found without Internet access. You can save audio, text, and images for later use.
“Evernote is great because it keeps you organized with all of your notes,” said Library Teacher Ms. Cornell.
Ms. Cornell said educational apps are great because students can benefit from them in any ways. If a student is struggling in math, the student can easily find an app that explains specific math problems.
“There are many apps that can help students,” said Ms. Cornell. “Most of them are free too.”
Facebook and Instagram notifications are sometimes difficult to avoid, and distractions while studying cause extremely long and ineffective study sessions. The app “Self Control” allows the student to ignore these notifications and it allows the student to intensify concentration.
The app allows students to block websites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a certain period of time, and the sites will not go unblocked until the timer that was set turns off. This app is designed to keep students up to task, and it is one way to stop laziness among students.
“The app defiantly serves its purpose,” said Sahal Asghar ’16. “I am a frequent user because I always get sidetracked.”
According to the article “Mobile App Usage Increases In 2014, As Mobile Web Surfing Declines,” as of 2014, users of mobile devices spend up to two hours and 19 minutes on apps everyday. Mobile web usage dropped from 20 percent in 2013 to 14 percent in 2014.
According to Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf, the mobile browser has become “a single application swimming in a sea of apps.”
Apps have become an important tool in students’ lives, and it is a sign of great things to come.