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7 Apps That Will Turn Your Smartphone into a Powerful Learning Tool (October 29, 2019)--Students today study in a completely different environment than their counterparts from just 15-20 years ago. The Internet, mobile devices, and cloud technologies give us access to the tools and possibilities that would have looked completely out of this world not so long ago. However, many students still don’t realize the full potential of all the technology that surrounds them and don’t use the full potential of their smartphone. This article will rectify this – here you will find some apps that may be small and insignificant by themselves, but together they make so many tasks easier and more manageable that you will be able to save hours of your time.



  1. RefMe

RefMe is a small and simple app that can significantly decrease the time waste and hassle associated with preparing citation lists for your papers. It is one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks you are going to carry out when doing research – and we don’t even mention how likely one is to make mistakes when engaged in it. RefMe simplifies the process a hundredfold – simply scan a book’s barcode, and the app will immediately form a citation in MLA, APA or any other format you want.

  1. Office Lens

Office Lens is an app by Microsoft that allows you to snap photos of any text you encounter (on documents, whiteboards, textbooks, etc.) and quickly convert them into the text file you can edit or share with others. The next time you contact a writing service and say “Do my homework for money,” you can simply attach such file to your order instead of retyping the task.

  1. SimpleMind

Mind mapping is widely considered to be one of the most effective ways to generate new ideas, brainstorming and jumpstart your creativity. SimpleMind is a cross-platform app that allows you to create mind maps of any complexity using nothing but your smartphone. With its help, you will be able to engage in mind mapping no matter where you currently are, add media, and share the results with others.

  1. Dragon Dictation

Typing may be faster than writing by hand, but it still takes a lot of time and effort. If you want to get more work done in a shorter time, consider using Dragon Dictation – speech recognition software that converts everything you say into text, which you can later use any way you want: edit it, send as an email, paste into other apps and programs and so on.

  1. MyScript Calculator

If you miss the feel of doing your calculations on paper, MyScript Calculator combines the best of both possible worlds. With its help, you can solve mathematical and algebraic equations by hand – you just have to write them down on the screen of your phone or tablet, the app will recognize your handwriting and calculate the correct answer.

  1. Scanner Pro

Are you tired of running to the library every time you have to scan a particular page of your textbook to prepare for the next test? Try out this app and turn your smartphone into a full-featured portable scanner. All scans are of high quality, and you can immediately send them to cloud storage of your choice.

  1. SoundNote

Lecture recording has been a thing for a long time, but SoundNote takes it to a whole new level. Not only does it record what is being said, but it also keeps track of what you are typing at each particular moment. During playback, you simply have to tap the necessary word, and SoundNote will immediately jump to the place in the audio you are interested in.