Exams are fast-approaching and for most of us that means it’s time to retreat into our study caves, away from the world and make the most of the little time we have. The one thing however, that none of us can leave behind is our phone. Let’s be real, those things are crucial to the survival of our species. So, while it’s just us, our textbooks and our cellular sidekicks, why not make the most of them too?

Here are six awesome apps that can help you study better:

  1. Exam Countdown by ROOT38 Ltd

Before you start prepping, it’s important to have an idea of exactly how long you have before each exam so you can divide your time effectively between subjects. This app helps you do just that. Key in all your exam and submission dates and the app counts down for you right to the last second. Just the right amount of pressure you need to get a move on.


  1. Self-Control to Focus by WeHelp

So now you’re finally set to start. You have your timetable, textbooks, notes, coloured pens, a study playlist and your phone when suddenly, *tinnggg*- someone sent you a new snap. You HAVE to check that right? I mean, what if it’s important? WRONG. While our phones can be handy, they are often the biggest distraction. Enter SelfControl- an app that blocks other apps like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat from sending you notifications for a fixed amount of time of your choosing. And once you’ve set it, it’s hard to get past.


  1. SimpleMind by ModelMaker Tools

Sometimes, when you’re faced with a lot of information, it’s hard to keep track of your ideas and thoughts as you go through it. You may feel like your brain is racing and you can’t keep up. Mind maps are an effective tool in such situations and here is an app to do just that. Create and personalize mind maps and spider diagrams and keep adding to them as you go. And suddenly, conquering that big chunk of text isn’t nearly as impossible as you thought.


  1. Photomath- Camera Calculator by Photomath, Inc.

This app is nothing short of a miracle. All you need to do is open your phone camera through the app, take a picture of the math problem that has you horrified and watch as the answer magically appears on your screen, with step-by-step instructions on how to solve the problem as well. This can be handy to check whether your answers are right after you’ve finished solving one on your own.


  1. Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications

Here is an app that has been termed a “life-saver” by its users. This one is for when your hands begin to cramp from all the writing you’ve been doing. Just speak into your phone and the app instantly converts speech to text which you can then copy and paste into other applications as well. This app can also be used to send text messages, update your Facebook status etc. – especially useful when you’re driving.


  1. Flashcards with Cram by Cram, LLC.

You’re finally at the end of prep time and now it’s time to start revising what you’ve learnt so far. Going through all the notes and text again would take ages so instead, try flashcards. This app lets you create sets of flashcards for each topic and has different study modes based on your need, also great for studying on the go. So, if you’re on your way to school before your exams, and you realise that you’ve forgotten an entire topic, you could always “cram”.


Exams are often associated with stress and leads to students and parents feeling anxious. While some amount of pressure may enhance your performance, it may also adversely affect you in the long run. If you notice that you (or your child) are struggling to cope and getting anxious when it comes to learning, the problem may be slightly more complex than you anticipated. Often children and even adults who possess weak cognitive skills like poor attention or processing speed act out in other ways to avoid tasks that may be challenging for them.

Here at Steps to Miles, we provide training to strengthen cognitive skills. Our program is non- academic and fun but at the same time challenging and has life long benefits. If you would like to talk us regarding your child, please feel free to contact us on 03 9853 3656. Alternatively, you can write to us at info@stepstomiles.com.au or fill out our Contact Form and we will get in touch with you soon. If you want to determine what is causing your child’s difficulties, you can book a cognitive skills assessment with us. We have years of experience dealing with students struggling with attention issues and our program has already benefitted over 96,000 students’ world over by improving their cognitive skills and making learning easier for them- which is our true mission.



Please note that the above article does not substitute any medical advice. Please consult your doctor or psychologist for a medical diagnosis.


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