“Learning never exhausts the mind.” - Leonardo da Vinci
Revision and studying is an important part of schooling. It's part of every subject and an essential part of guaranteeing your success at school. Whether this involves doing worksheets, correcting essays, or studying and effectively memorising a lesson, not every student has the organisation or motivation to do it.
While most parents will want their child to succeed at school, not every child is desperate to study once they get home from school.
What tools do we now have that can help them?
Smartphones, for example, are incredibly accessible nowadays and capable of a lot and could be a useful tool for revision. Thanks to them, there’s no need to head out to a class, as there are apps that can do all the work and you can find everything from revision resources to past papers on them.
Here are our tips for revising at home with the use of a smartphone.
Which Are the Best Apps to Help with Homework?
The first question you’ll have will probably be about which are the best apps for studying. Nowadays, new technologies and the internet have resulted in around 9 million apps made and more being developed every day.
Some apps can both help and hinder your revision so you have to choose the right ones.
The apps need to be suitable for the student’s level, learning goals, and revision approaches. Here are a few useful apps to get you started:
- Brainly: This is an app that allows you to ask questions about homework and get answers from students and experts within minutes.
- SnapSchool: This is another app similar to Brainly. You can use this to ask homework questions but you do so by taking a photo of your homework.
- Montessori Numberland: This is an app that allows young children between 3 and 5 years old to familiarise themselves with numbers. You’ll have to pay for it, though.
- Lola’s Alphabet Train: Again aimed at younger children between 3 and 7 years old, this app can help children master their reading skills.
- DragonBox Big Numbers: This app introduces users to the world of numbers and maths through a real game.
- Memrise: An app for learning foreign languages. Requires a subscription.
And many others.
As you’ll have understood, there’s no lack of apps for smartphones. You just need to shop around for the one that’s best for you or your child. It’s over to you.
What Are the Advantages of Using an App?
It’s probably quite obvious, but apps aren’t going to replace a proper teacher. However, that doesn’t mean that apps and smartphones are necessarily a bad thing.
There are many positives to using an app to study or learn.
Whether you’re revising for an exam, going back over a lesson, or in a private tutorial, there are quite a few benefits. Beyond just going through worksheets, there have never been as many ways to revise. Here are six key advantages to using an app:
- Apps can help you make revision sheets. Smartphones are everywhere and they’re incredibly light. Much lighter than a stack of papers.
- They’re fun. Smartphones and apps are designed to entertain us.
- Apps are much cheaper than private tuition as many of them are free. While they can’t replace a tutor, they certainly won’t cost anywhere near as much as one.
- Mobile apps can help you save time as they often get right to the point. The quicker you get your revision out of the way, the quicker you can go back to playing.
- They’re also a useful tool for students to study independently without supervision from a tutor or a parent.
- Apps promote learning and while we won’t go as far as to say that they make it cool, they certainly do make it a far more appealing prospect than sitting down with worksheets or past papers.
If you’ve been looking for apps to help you to revise, you also need to know how to use them effectively.
How Can You Study Effectively with Apps?
No matter what you’re studying for, you need to be able to study effectively. Nowadays, phones can offer an effective way to study if you know how to use them correctly.
Firstly, you need to carefully choose the right apps to revise with. Make sure the app is optimised for mobile so that you can make use of the app wherever you go.
Set aside time to revise and stick to a routine. Just ten minutes a day to study with a mobile app and it’ll soon become second nature to you. Similarly, you need to be aware of the risks of using mobile apps for revision. They can’t fully replace textbooks, worksheets, and other forms of revision. They’re mainly a useful addition.
Finally, you have to make sure that when using apps, you’re not distracted by the phone itself. Deactivate notifications, sit at your desk, and, above all, study regularly as this will pay dividends. Effective study will help you pass your exams.
How to Revise for GCSEs and A Levels on Your Smartphone
When it comes to revising, the GCSEs and A Levels are the first time during your schooling that you’ll have to knuckle down. You have to know how to use smartphone revision apps effectively if you want to effectively revise for your exams.
You can’t use apps in the same way that you’d use other resources. Firstly, apps can be risky as they’re on your phone, which can be a distraction itself. You have to be focused on your revision. If you have a spare, you might want to install the apps on another phone.
Similarly, you’ll need to choose apps that are designed for the GCSEs or A Levels and will help you revise what’s actually on the exam. It’d be a shame to effectively study for an exam that you won’t be taking!
A smartphone won’t do everything, either. It’s a useful addition to all the other tools and resources you have, but you have to find the balance.
There are useful tools and apps you can use to complement the other resources you’re using: a dictaphone, a calendar or planner, a calculator.
Finally, don’t forget that you also need to disconnect from technology occasionally.
As you’ll have understood, you can study using your smartphone. You just need to use it effectively. It’s a useful tool that can help with your revision but won’t fully replace all the other tools and resources that you have at your disposal.
Now you know what to do!
If you need extra help with GCSEs, A Levels, or just schooling in general, consider getting some extra help from one of the many talented and experienced private tutors on the Superprof website. There are tutors in almost every academic subject, extracurricular activity, foreign language, and hobby so you're bound to find someone who can help you.
You can get face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials and given that each comes with its advantages and disadvantages, you need to think carefully about which one is right for you, your budget, and your learning objectives.
Face-to-face tutorials are between you and the tutor so every minute of the session will be spent focusing on your learning and education. These types of tutorials are usually the most expensive per hour as you're paying for all the extra time the tutor spends tailoring the lessons to you. However, they're also the most cost-effective since they're planned with you in mind and designed to teach you as effectively as possible.
Online tutorials are usually a bit cheaper since the tutors don't have to worry about the cost of getting to their students and can schedule more lessons each week. They'll still adapt their lessons to you, but for certain hands-on subjects, it can be better to have the tutor there in the room with you. However, for most academic subjects, it won't matter too much.
Group tutorials are a great option for those on a budget as you can share the cost of the tutor's time and experience with the other students in the class. While they can't tailor the lesson to you, it can sometimes be useful to learn with your peers as they can provide feedback and motivation. If you and some classmates need help with a given subject but can't afford a tutor on your own, group tutorials are the perfect compromise between tailored tuition and affordable education.
Don't forget that a lot of the tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free. Use these free sessions to try out a few private tutors before deciding on which one is right for you and your budget.