It’s a new year and the perfect time to create a plan to help you reach your academic goals in 2018! Making good grades, along with preparing for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams can be daunting, and often the last thing that students want to think about after a nice winter break. However, staying engaged can help you meet your academic and score goals this spring.
Homework and test prep don’t have to be boring. Every student learns differently, and many are the most engaged learning through tools like games and apps. It’s no secret that teens are on their smartphones, tablets, or laptops all the time, so use those devices to give you a boost with your test prep and academic goals.
Here are six academic support and test prep apps that can help you survive – and thrive – this semester.
myHomework Student Planner
The first step in creating an atmosphere for academic success is to get organized with your assignments and your day-to-day tutoring prep! myHomework Student Planner is a versatile application that you can utilize on your laptop, phone, or tablet. It’s an easy and efficient way to stay up to date on your homework, upcoming test dates (academic and standardized), and any academic projects or pursuits. You can add assignments to your homework section, setting deadlines for each assignment and tracking any overdue items. Have a weekly journal article due for AP Government & Politics? Not a problem! Add a reoccurring homework assignment to your assignment pad and it will automatically add itself to your to-do list each week.
Quizlet is an easy way to bring studying on-the-go as it’s compatible with Apple and Android devices, as well as laptops and desktops. Users are able to create their own flashcard materials to study, or utilize the flashcard sets in the Quizlet database. Quizlet is a wonderful aid for language learning, in addition to subjects that you need to memorize different terminology. Why? You can listen to the materials on your cards being pronounced in 18 different languages!(Quizlet Flashcards, 2017) Share your flashcards with a classmate, or keep them to yourself. Quizlet is a fun and interactive way to study at or away from home.
Whether you’re interested in learning a new language, or are looking for supplemental practice for your language class at school, Duolingo is a fun way to do so. By playing a series of games, you are able to earn points while learning how to read, write, and speak a foreign language. Studying for an AP language exam or SAT Subject Test? Here are the languages available that correspond to offered SAT Subject Tests and foreign languages students often take at school:
This app from Magoosh can be used to expand your vocabulary. Accessible from your Android or Apple product, there are over 1,200 words with definitions, utilization in a sentence, and pronunciation. What’s innovative and fun about this app is that it tracks your progress as you move through the vocabulary decks. You can choose the level of difficulty making this a useful app, whether you’re getting ready for a standardized test like the SAT or GRE, or are simply looking to expand your vocabulary for academics.
Math Master – Brain Quizzes & Math Puzzles
Whether you’re learning basic mathematics, or looking to improve your understanding of sequences and series, Math Master is a great way to practice basic math problems or challenge your brain with general aptitude, reasoning, and logic puzzles. This free app, available to only Android users (sorry iPhone fans!) challenges you with math quizzes and games in order to improve your ability to perform mental math. Taking the ACT or SAT? Sharpening your mental math skills can really help improve your pacing so you can get through the math sections within the time allotted!
Daily Practice for the New SAT
Practice makes perfect – especially when preparing for the SAT or ACT. We’ve stressed the importance of diagnostics and practice tests as part of your test prep plan, and this app can help you test yourself daily in a more casual and approachable way. This app, developed by The College Board, has hundreds of official questions, making it easy to practice with material straight from the test-makers themselves. Students can answer the Question of the Day, or test themselves from the bank of official questions within the app. The app also provides hints to help guide students to the correct answer as well as answer explanations so that students can learn from missed questions.
This is a convenient app that is compatible with Android devices and iPhones. Maths Formulas has basic and advanced mathematical formulas for personal and educational use. Convenient for users at the high school level and above, this is helpful for students working on: geometry, algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, differentiation, integration, matrices, probability and statistics, units conversion, and math tricks. Consider this to be a portable math formula dictionary, allowing you to bring your studying on-the-go with you.
Finding new and fun ways to engage with the material you’re already learning in the classroom is important for academic success and your test prep plans. By utilizing other learning tools, like apps, you’ll be able to master material and be well on your way to reaching your academic goals for 2018.
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