The way you use your smartphone is about to change.
It's revision time, and that means it's also time to change what you do with your phone. For the next few months it can be your revision sidekick, helping you stay on track, stay focused, and even stay calm. Here are the apps you're going to want by your side.
Exam Countdown Lite
Being well prepared for exams is like good comedy – it's all in the timing. This app helps you focus not on what you have to do, but on how long you've got left to do it, which is usually a good way to sharpen the mind. You can set countdowns to all your exams right to the last second, then see everything all in one place, so you know just how much time is remaining.
It's also easy to use and nicely tweakable, with lots of icons and primary colours to choose from. Or you can revise like Lego Batman, in black. Or a very, very dark grey.
Focus / Brain Focus
So, you've built and rebuilt the revision timetable, walked the dog (twice), polished your shoes even though you don't own any shoes that can be polished, made soup from scratch...there's no putting it off anymore. Time to revise.
Successful revision is about short bursts of concentration. Try to go for too long and your brain is going to walk out the door to do something else. These apps help you get the most out of your revision session by breaking it into manageable 25-minute chunks, with rests in between, to maximise your focus.
Working with flashcards can be a really effective way to revise. Physical ones are great and can be very comforting, but if you're a flashcard fiend it can get pretty annoying lugging them all around, organising them and fretting about losing them.
Quizlet lets you create those flashcards on your phone instead, and also has a library of millions of ready-made ones to choose from on all kinds of subjects, from languages to maths and coding. You can share them with friends, and use different games to help you improve either by yourself, or with others. Also: no papercuts. Winner!
If you're revising, you're going to want some kind of note-taking feature. There are many fine apps out there for this – other big hitters are Evernote and Pocket – but we like Padlet's easy-breezy look and feel, and intuitive interface. You just drag in the content - images, videos, text or documents - you want, and organise it how you like. There's even some pretty wallpaper, if that's your thing.
It's a handy tool when inspiration strikes. Sure, you could use an actual notebook, and we'd recommend doing that too, but this is a great way to keep all your digital bits and pieces in one place.
Revision is up there with tweezing your nose hair or standing on hot hair straighteners when it comes to Stuff That Isn't In Any Way Fun, and after a while it can get stressful. Calm can help with that, offering breathing exercises, tips on relaxation and sleep, and gentle music for focus, snoozing or resting.
Tense? You'll be amazed how a few minutes of slow breathing can help, and don't underestimate how important sleep is to revision. Calm has got your back, but remember that if you're really feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone. An app is great, but sometimes a hug is even better.
Remember the Milk
We'd love this just for the name, but it's also a powerful task manager and list making tool that will let you plan out your revision for the week (or months) ahead. You can even break it down into smaller tasks - so 'revise French day' might break down into subtasks like 'Grammar Time', 'Verbalicious', 'Listen, Fool!', for example. (There might be a reason we're not French teachers.)
Once you've made your to-do list it syncs across all your devices, sends you reminders and lets you know when you've been putting things off. There's the option to assign tasks to other users, too, which seems like something not to tell your parents in case they start nagging you about revision remotely as well as in person.
Our partnership with VOXI
We’ve teamed up with mobile network VOXI to bring you brilliant revision and exam support this summer. VOXI’s mobile plans are specially designed for school, college and uni students and all plans come with endless social media use (that doesn’t eat into your data), plus endless calls, texts, picture messages and roaming – all with no contract to sign.
Head to the VOXI site to see how its plans can help you stay connected this exam season from £10 a month or go to our revision hub for more help with your exams.