Exam season is finally over and this time around was the first time I began hunting down apps that assist with revision.
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While I’m not convinced anyone has quite nailed it yet, but many have had a good attempt at it. The designers of the perfect revision app need to take a look at those trendy health apps and ‘borrow’ some ideas, as I believe revising needs to be reinvented as training supplemented with coaching. That’s where a student app will thrive and do wonders for all us teachers! Until then, here are a few of my recommendation for revision app, in no particular order.
Apple: bit.ly/uked15aug07 Android: bit.ly/uked15aug08
Hats off to these guys, as they have worked amazingly hard to design a great app. Just about every external exam from post-primary to higher education is covered in this quiz based platform. Every subject is broken down into topics and you can test yourself with the multiple choice questions. Instant feedback with explanations and a final grade.
My Study Plan
Do you need help to make a study plan? Well then use ‘My Study Plan’… of course! Add dates of the exams, prioritising the most important items, set the ideal time frame and let this app work its magic. Allow the notifications to ‘poke’ you into action every morning and tick off what you’ve (honestly) done. Watch the hours of revision build up. There’s also a nice section with exam tips.
Apple: bit.ly/uked15aug10 Android: bit.ly/uked15aug11
Nothing ever compares to the horrendous experience of taking all those exams at GCSE level. No-one should ever have to try and cram what seemed like a quadrillion exams into a 6 week period. As inhuman as it seems, we all have to do it and this app holds out it’s helping hand to get you organised. It’ll search through the database of GCSEs and A-levels across multiple boards to find what exams you’re sitting and sync it up to your calendar.
Dr Jaz Does Past Papers
I’ve only just started using this app myself. Past papers are a wonderful revision tool and this app puts them all in one place. What’s more Dr Jaz has made it much more accessible than most exam board website.
Mash all four of these apps together and you have the making of the ultimate student support for revision.
Daniel McClelland – @danmicksee Ballymena, N. Ireland – Physics Teacher
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