80 Best study apps and tools for students

Back in the day, you’d rock up to your first day of college, TAFE or university with a notepad, a pen and a bucket-load of good intentions. But it’s not 1986, and now every student has found themselves living in the era of the app. There’s one for pretty much every purpose imaginable.  So what are the best study apps and tools for students? How do you sort the WOW from the woeful? Well, you start right here, of course, with Blrt’s ultimate guide to the best study apps for students.

We’ve scorched the keyboard looking for the best apps for students. Our research has allowed us to compile this go-to list of over 80 of the best study apps. It’s categorised into easy to refer to sections. We go from scheduling apps right through to drinking apps (priorities, right?) and it’s sure to get every student’s new study year off to a rockin’ start.

Lecture capture apps

Getting back to that notepad and pen, it wasn’t so long ago that students could be found frantically scratching down every word their lecturer uttered. The output would somewhat resemble a cross between Klingon and Gaelic, and be utterly useless as a result. Luckily, technology came to the rescue and pens were thrown en-masse from the windows. Now, students can sit back and absorb the themes of the lecture, without having to spend a bunch of money on recording equipment or developing RSI. Here are our favourite lecture capture apps:

  • SoundNote (iOS) is a lecture capture app for iPad, and it acts as both a notepad and audio recorder, so you can get down an entire lecture in audio and visual forms.
  • Office Lens (Android) allows users to photograph a whiteboard, convert it to a PDF, Word or PowerPoint file and store all the data via OneNote or OneDrive for catch-up and revision purposes.
  • Cogi – Notes & Voice Recorder (Android) has a simple tap-to-record and tap-to-pause interface that lets you record only the important parts of your lecture AND it can record while you use some other app. It can be set to listen without recording, and rewinds 5, 15, 30 or 45 seconds from the time you tap, so you capture the bit just before you tapped. You can write notes and take photos while recording, and share the recordings via Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote and email.
  • Lecture Capture (iOS), Notes Plus (iOS) and Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder (iOS) are also winners.

Revision apps

Now we know that revision is duller than folding your undies, but it’s a necessary evil – kind of like dealing with the safety cap on the Tylenol when you have a hangover. The new breed of study apps available on Android and iOS aims to change all that. No matter your revision style, there’s a new app that takes it skyrocketing into the digital age and makes it a bit more fun.

  • StudyBlue (iOS) is great for the flashcard addicts, and it uses your course information to create a selection of card sets. If DIY is more your style, you can make your own cards and test yourself with them. It also includes tools for taking notes, and study guides.
  • Studies (iOS) is the new app that has replaced the Mental Case (iOS) app (although Mental Case is still available to download). It also allows you to create flashcards for your phone, and you can record audio and add video or images from your photo library. Another bonus is the ability to transfer them to your computer or laptop for use on a bigger screen at home.
  • StudyDroid (Android) presents you with a somewhat rough and ready user interface, but it’s a cult favourite, and offers a database of over 22 million cards as well as the ability to add photos to cards.
  • GoConqr (iOS, Android, Web App) gives you the ability to create slides, mind maps, flash cards, notes and quizzes, and promises a social learning experience by allowing you connect and collaborate with friends, classmates or students from around the world.
  • Revision App (iOS) Made by teachers, Revision App is suitable for all education levels. It’s packed with revision guides, tutor videos & interactive practice tests for GCSE, AS-Level, A2-Level & 11 plus subjects. It uses fun animated videos & revision content made by teachers to help you get great grades in your exams!
  • Quizlet (iOS, Android, Web App) helps you create quizzes, flashcards and the like, but it has an interesting twist – Quizlet Live – which allows teachers to bring Quizlet into the classroom in game form.
  • HowToStudy is not really an app, but it’s really neat and worthy of inclusion in this list. It’s a website that gives you a tonne of information on the best study methods, as well as giving advice on how to set goals and stay motivated, how to conduct research, and how to manage stress. If you’re at the beginning of your course or a new year, this is the perfect site to kick you off in the right direction, or to get you back on track if you’ve lost your way.

Note taking apps

Believe or not, a little while ago some impressive people at an equally impressive university made a study on the effectiveness of note taking. Now I know that I’ve been bagging out the humble paper and pen in this post, but the truth is – note taking gets results. A paper published by the Center of Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan cites research that proves:

  • taking notes improves learning
  • students recall more material if they record it in their notes
  • the more a student records, the more they remember and the better they perform in exams

With this in mind, you either need to develop some skills in the speed-writing department, or get yo’self a note taking app. Here are the winners in Blrt’s Guide to the Best Study Apps for Students:

  • Evernote (iOS, Android, Web) is note taking on steroids. You can attach images and audio to your notes, add your location and search through your notes for keywords in just a click (even if they are handwritten). Wicked, eh? The cross platform functionality means that your notes go with you everywhere.
  • Penultimate (iPad) a handwriting app also made by the smart people at Evernote, allows users to write with a nifty digital pen and then upload the work to any device.
  • Instapaper (iOS, Android, Web, Kindle): Allows you to save web pages for offline viewing at a later time. This is a real boon when you consider how hard it can be to find wi-fi at times – especially when travelling.
  • Instafetch is the version of Instapaper that works on Windows phones and Blackberry phones. Yep – there are people out there developing apps for your Blackberry. Who knew?
  • Notability (iOS) sees you typing or handwriting notes, sketching things and also annotating documents. The handy link to Google Drive and Dropbox allows you to easily import and export files. Notability also allows you to record audio — so you don’t have to worry about your ears and your hands having unco-ordinated moments. The really nifty part is that your notes are linked sequentially to the audio recording, which helps you determine the context of the notes you’ve taken.

Better writing apps

Of all the key skills necessary for uni (and for life in general really) the ability to string a sentence together is right up at the tippy top of the list. You’re never going to be able to dazzle your lecturer with your brilliance and knowledge if your writing spews all over the page like a madwoman’s breakfast, or if it comes out in caveman-like grunts. Unfortunately, writing in English is one of the trickier skills to master, and if you’re doing it when English is your second language, it’s trickier yet. In this category of study apps in our best-of list, we found just a few worth mentioning. The good news is they’re absolute crackers.

  • Dictionary.com (iOS, Android, Web, Wearables) is the #1 bee’s knees of online dictionaries, with over 2 million definitions, the ability to save your favourite words, and learn new words of the day. It also works offline, so you will literally never be stuck for words again.
  • Grammarly (Mac, Windows) checks over 250 points of grammar to give you a little helping hand, and can also check your writing to ensure that it reads well. It checks for correct contextual use of words, not just spelling, so you’ll no longer get ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ mixed up. Grammarly also makes context-optimized word choice suggestions to instantly improve the readability of your document. Grammarly picks up errors that the spelling and grammar checkers in MS Word and Pages don’t pick up.
  • Hemingway app (Web) helps you write with power and clarity by highlighting adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words and sentences. It works on your desktop or laptop, and you simply type directly into the web page for an as-you-go review of your writing. If you need to use it offline, you can download the desktop app.

Student planner apps

Failing to plan is planning to fail, a very wise person once said. That smarty-pants must have been the inventor of the very first student planner app.  That’s lucky for us, because being organised is a critical part of one’s success and wellbeing at uni. Unfortunately, planning and organisation doesn’t come naturally to all of us. If you need a little magic to help organise all your classes and assignments (and really who doesn’t?), read on.

  • iStudiez (iOS, MacOS, Windows, Android) is a handy tool that allows you to create a schedule using all your class details (including helpful extra info like your lecturer’s office hours, staff contact details and holiday periods). It also lets you keep track of your assignments and set alarms for upcoming classes and due dates. It then takes all of this information and summarises it in a nifty daily schedule. It also allows you to keep track of your average grades.
  • Timetable (Android) is self-proclaimed as the most beautiful and intuitive app on Google Play for managing your school or university life. It allows you to save your timetable and all tasks from homework to exams. Our favourite feature is the one that automatically mutes your phone during lessons. VERY helpful for when your social life keeps trying to infiltrate your academic life.
  • My Class Schedule (Android) or Class Timetable (iOS) are very similar, but use a more familiar spreadsheet type interface.
  • Schooltraq (Android, Web) is a classically styled scheduler with an award-winning interface that allows you to track your homework more efficiently, and see it at a glance. It allows you to add assignments just by starting to type, as you’d speak in natural English. The web version stays seamlessly synced with the mobile app.
  • Uni Calculator (iOS) is the app for you if you’re going pre-exam melt-down mode. It keeps track of your assessments throughout the university semester and calculates the marks you need to pass each unit. After adding units and assessments accordingly, this app will help you stay on top of your progress throughout the semester as it calculates the marks needed in order to pass the unit as a whole. Uni calculator also allows you to keep track of your assessment due dates, with a simple to-do list that helps you stay on top of what’s due this week.
  • Marinara Timer (Web) is not a scheduling app, but it does help you with timing by making you more productive and effective while you work. Yep, we know it sounds like a cooking app, and that’s not helped by the fact that it works using the Pomodoro (Italian for tomato sauce) method. Bear with us though – it’s actually a proven productivity method, whereby you work for 25 minutes and then having a 5-minute break, with a 15-minute break after an hour. If those intervals don’t work for you, you can make a custom timer to fit how you want to work.
  • Exam Countdown (iOS, Android) is a free and simple app to keep track of exam dates and help you stay focused with a daily countdown.

Bibliography helper apps

If you’ve ever spent hours writing up a loooooong bibliography, you’ll know just how much of your assignment writing time goes into making sure you’ve included all the stuff in the right places and in the right format. Getting it wrong can be completely disastrous, and can affect your grades if your stuff-up is big enough (and your lecturer is annoyed enough).

  • EasyBib (iOS, Android) creates an academic reference for any book just by scanning the book’s barcode. As bibliography styles are mandated by where you study, EasyBib offers referencing in MLA, APA and Chicago styles, among others. Simply take a picture of the barcode or type the title of the book into your device, and whammo, your referencing is done and it looks completely professional.
  • RefME (iOS, Android, Chrome) supports 7,500+ reference styles (wow) and helps you automate & speed up the referencing process. You can cite as you write using RefME for Word, or download your completed bibliography into MS Word, Evernote, EndNote etc. RefME also allows you to organise and manage references on your phone, tablet or desktop & share projects with your team. Our favourite feature lets you use your smartphone’s camera to turn printed text into digital text for you to save as a quote.

Collaboration apps

School and university are the places where we get our foundation lessons in how to work successfully with others, and to collaborate on the delivery of projects. That used to be simple, but these days distance learning and crazy schedules combine to make it really hard to meet face to face. Talking on the phone is impractical when there are more than two people, email is laborious, and video calling requires a lot of Internet bandwidth. We invented Blrt to get around all these issues, and we hope you won’t think us too cheeky for giving our own app the number one billing in this section of our guide to the best student apps.

  • Blrt (iOS, Android, Chrome) enables people to get their point across quickly, by talking, pointing and drawing over images, documents and websites. The result is a bandwidth efficient, video-like recording that can be shared with others. This recording is called a Blrt, and it synchronises voice, gestures and images. It’s perfect for collaborating with project members on group work, or getting feedback from your lecturer on assignments in progress.

Blrt recreates the way people communicate face-to-face, providing more human method of working with others remotely. Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added anytime.



Student safety and friendship apps

Your uni years are times of friendships and nights out, which in many ways are just as important as studying. Uni can get a little stressful at times, so it’s not surprising that students have quite the reputation for letting their hair down (and sometimes letting it all hang out). To ensure that everyone is secure and happy on campus, a number of apps have been developed to promote safety and to foster friendships.

  • Circle of 6 (Android, iOS) is an app that essentially allows you to call six friends for help. Originally designed for university students to prevent sexual violence, it’s really handy for anyone seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety. Circle of 6 makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose. Need help getting home? On a bad date> Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. It’s the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night. Circle of 6 is a simple tool to prevent problems before they happen.
  • Other safety related apps include bSafeBugle, and GuardianSentral – it’s worth checking each of them out to see what will work best in your location.
  • Lost on Campus (iOS, Android). In addition to a really useful website with lots of student information, StudentVIP has developed the Lost on Campus app. If looking for something on campus is starting to feel like a search for lost pirate treasure, the Lost on Campus app is here to help. This app provides maps of institution campuses around Australia, including everything from lecture theatres and classrooms to coffee shops, the loos, and vending machines. Other users’ comments on each location help you work out where the best coffee or the quietest science lad is.
  • Skout (iOs, Android) is the world’s largest app for meeting new people. With millions of users all over the world, including many, many university students, Skout gives you the ability to connect with people no matter where you are. We love the ‘shake’ feature, which allows you to chat with a random stranger instantly.

Wake-up apps

You don’t want to be one of those people who staggers through their university years a perpetual 20 mins late for everything. If you have an addictive relationship with the snooze button, perhaps you need some new tech in your life. One of our favourite sleep-related apps is bound to sort you out.

  • Alarmy: Sleep If You Can (iOS, Android) is an alarm app for students which forces users to complete small tasks (such as taking a photo of something specific or shaking the phone up and down a correct number of times) before the alarm will switch itself off. This means you’re going to start the day alert and raring to go, and Alarmy will even give you the latest weather update so you can decide whether to arm yourself with an umbrella before leaving home.
  • Sleep Cycle (iOS, Android) aims to correct its users’ sleeping pattern by waking them up during their lightest sleep phase. The app does this by monitoring both movement and the time the user went to sleep. This means you should wake up feeling less groggy, and you might also get an extra 10 minutes of brekky in the morning.

Responsible (and not so responsible) drinking apps

Along with friendships and partying comes their cousin, alcohol. Now we’re not here to lecture (you attend enough of those at uni, right?) but knowing your limits is probably a good thing. Not spending all your student allowance on beer and cider is also probably a good thing. So here are a few apps that will help you avoid getting absolutely plastered and help you not spend your life savings in the process.

  • WiseDrinking (iOS, Android) is a responsible drinking app that charts how much alcohol you’ve been consuming, suggests safe levels, alerts you of the right time to call a taxi, and can map your location in relation to public transport services. Using your stats as input, the app calculates your blood alcohol content by assessing the amount, type and timing of alcohol consumed and when you ate your last meal.
  • Alcohoot Edge (iOS, Android) is a nifty little breathalyser that attaches to your smartphone and tells you when you’re edging over the sensible limit. Although you have to pay for the attachment, it is far more scientifically concrete than many breathalysers and drinking apps because it uses police-grade technology.
  • The Happiest Hour (iOS, Android, Web) is an app that allows you to search for happy hour deals at nearby pubs, bars and restaurants. We’re sure you’ll agree this is very helpful if you’re on a uni student’s budget, right? Browse by map to find nearby venues and look through beer, wine, cocktail and food deals. If you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll get great deals sent to you via email.

Fun fitness apps

We confess that it’s not by coincidence that the fitness apps are right near the alcohol apps in our list of best student apps. It’s actually our not-so-subtle hint that fitness is important and that you will turn to pudding (yes – that’s the scientific term) if all you do is study and drink beer and cider. Fitness apps are great for ensuring that you get enough exercise, and that you do it regularly in a healthy and constructive way.

  • Zombies, Run! (iOS, Android) is a fun (and slightly terrifying) way to motivate yourself when out for a run. The app plays your own music playlists accompanied by audio from the app depicting a zombie apocalypse, in which you must run from the infected. More than a little scary, yes! But as a super-intense workout it’s awesome, and over a million other people worldwide agree! It also sets missions and requires you to collect items to rebuild your base, so you’ll never get bored with the game.
  • Nike+ Training Club (iOS, Android) might be more your style if you prefer your fitness to be less apocalyptic in nature. With over 100 workouts designed by Nike Master Trainers and Athletes such as Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy, the app delivers both expertise and motivation to get you fit. It’s like having a famous personal trainer! You can also share and compare your results with your friends and the Nike+ community, to spur on a little of your competitive spirit. Best of all, you don’t need to be fit to start with, you can start at the level that suits you.
    7 Minute Workout (iOS, Android) was officially and originally designed by Johnson & Johnson. It proves that you can become and remain fit with only seven minutes a day. All you need is your own body weight, a wall and a chair as your equipment.
  • Sworkit (iOS, Android) has workouts for kids as well as grown-ups. Moves (iOS, Android) tracks your every move, as the name suggests. Fitbit (iOS, Android, Windows) works on its own in a basic sense, or you can use it with a bracelet. JeFit (iOS, Android), RunKeeper (iOS, Android), Strava (iOS, Android and GPS devices such as Garmins) and MapMyFitness (iOS, Android) are other awesome fitness apps. Because fitness is such a personal thing, it’s worth checking them all out and deciding what is exactly right for you.
  • Nudge (iOS, Android) is another fitness app with a bit of a difference, in that it collates all your fitness data generated by other apps and stores it in one place. This means you can keep track of exercise, eating, drinking AND sleep, and get a snapshot of where you’re standing, without having to check them all.

Healthy eating apps

Healthy eating is not really synonymous with university student life. The reality is, however, that

  1. There are only so many meals you can make from instant noodles
  2. Your body will only tolerate your instant noodle addiction for so long

This means that sooner or later you’re going to need to take charge of the situation and learn to eat more healthily. It doesn’t have to be expensive – you just need to be a little bit creative and committed. And don’t worry –noodles can still feature in a healthy diet.

  • Rockin Ramen (iOS) is a student-developed app featuring a number of nutritious recipes with ramen as a main ingredient. It allows you add an amazing level of variety and creativity to ramen – including pizza!
  • MealBoard (iOS) is an app which helps you plan healthy meals, grocery shops and recipes, and take into account what you’ve already got in the fridge.
  • Digimeal (iOS, Android) encourages broke students to love their leftovers. The founders were bored of making the same few meals and didn’t have enough money for takeaway, so they chose instead to seek new and innovative recipes without having to throw away food.

Focus apps

Social media, catch-up TV and online shopping are all very, very tempting – especially when study is your alternative. If your monkey mind is making study hard (i.e. you find yourself taking the ‘Which Harry Potter Character Are You?’ quiz for the eleventieth time) it might be time to call in some reinforcements to help strengthen your resolve. Here are five study apps focused on, well, staying focused, which will help.

  • Freedom (iOS, MacOS, Windows) is an all-in-one distraction blocker for computers and Apple mobile devices. Once you’ve installed it on your computer or phone, you can block websites and apps from the dashboard for all of your devices, as well as create scheduled focus sessions.
  • SelfControl (MacOS) allows you to block websites of your choice for a set period of time. The most important feature of this app is that once you put these blocks in place, it’s impossible to access these sites until the time limit you set runs out (eek!) even if you get completely twitchy and try to restart your computer.
  • Cold Turkey (Windows) allows you to block chosen websites and applications, just like Freedom and Self Control do. The thing that differentiates Cold Turkey is the ‘Frozen Turkey’ function, which locks you completely out of your computer for a specified period of time. If you’re an insomniac, this is fab – especially if you’re prone to making questionable Facebook posts or eBay purchases in the wee small hours of the night.
  • Focus Booster (MacOS, Windows, Web) is part Pomodoro Timer and part time tracker, with a dash of reporting and analysis. The app lets you run Pomodoro sessions to help you stay on track and fight attention suckers. A shiny and beautiful dashboard shows how you spent your time, and your overall productivity levels.
  • RescueTime (MacOS, Windows, Android, Linux) is an all-in-one distraction slaying beast. It blocks tempting websites, and does much more as well. RescueTime runs in the background of both your computer and mobile devices, monitoring which websites and applications you visit. It then gives you detailed reports so that you can know exactly (down to the last ill-spent second) what you did with your time. You may think you’re Bruce Lee in the focus department, but your opinion will likely be crushed when you see RescueTime’s data.

Mind-mapping apps

If you’re not familiar with the term mind-mapping, relax! We know that it sounds like weird sci-fi related torture, but it’s nothing like that at all.  Mindmapping is a great study tool if you’re a visual learner. It allows you to brainstorm ideas for assignments, sketch out a broad overview of a topic when revising for examinations and it can help you make connections between different ideas that you may not have previously considered before.

  • SimpleMind+ (iOS, Windows, MacOS, Android) allows you to create mindmaps and have them seamlessly update on whichever other platforms you use the app on. You can share mindmaps, and switch on ‘presentation mode’ to present them to an audience.
  • Mindmeister (iOS, Windows, MacOS, Android) is an online mind mapping tool that lets you capture, develop and share ideas visually. More than 4 million people use this award-winning mind map editor for brainstorming, note taking, project planning and other creative tasks. MindMeister is completely web-based, which means no downloading or updating.  You can share and collaborate over your mind maps, and with MindMeister’s built-in presentation mode you turn mind maps into dynamic slideshows within seconds.
  • Lucidchart (all devices via webapp) diagram application makes it easy to sketch and share professional flowchart diagrams. Lucidchart is designed for the utmost compatibility with other programs, including Google Apps. It’s also the only web app to offer support for Microsoft Visio documents. When you’re happy with your map, export to standard file formats or publish with Lucidchart’s  online viewer.

Budget conscious apps

One of the universal laws of student life is that you will be dead broke for most of your university years. Don’t worry though – it’s cool to be a broke student. In fact, we’re pretty sure that Donald Trump’s kids faked broke-ness all through their uni years, just to fit in. OK, we may be making that part up. Anyways, while it is a right of passage, living hand to mouth for four or six years can be a bit of a pain in the butt. This section of our best study apps for students aims to make it just a little bit less painful.

  • Free Wi-Fi Finder (iOS) is great if you like to get out of the house to study (that’s code for drink coffee and look hipster). It allows you to quickly scout out nearby hotspots. You can filter the results by the type of location (such as libraries or cafés) and bookmark your favourite locations. It’s so useful if you’re always running out of data on your phone plan. Try this one if you’re on Android.
  • Wally (iOS, Android) is a beautifully simple budgeting app that helps you keep track of both spending and saving (“What’s that!?” I hear you ask…). Even if you don’t manage to save anything, it still gives you a quick snapshot of your finances and it also lets you know when you have payments due.
  • My Weekly Budget (iOS, Android) is somewhat similar to Wally, but it works on a week-to-week basis (a little like most students). You set your budget target for the week and then track your day-to-day spending to make sure you stay within your budget. You can see at a glance how much of your weekly budget is left. Very helpful for calculating how many days you’re going to have to live on instant noodles in order to still be able to afford beer and cider.
  • Onavo Protect (Android) helps you take charge of how you use mobile data, by sending you notifications when your apps are using lots of data. You’re able to set limits on certain sites, which will help keep your YouTube addiction in check.
  • Venmo allows you to make purchases, but that’s not the reason it’s in this list of best student apps. We think the real benefit to students is that money can be sent and received between friends, quickly and easily. So if someone does the tactical manoeuvre (i.e. leaves their wallet/purse behind) when you go out for beer and pizza, no problem. You can shout them and collect later.
  • Campus Special (Android) gives you the ability to redeem offers while earning loyalty rewards. It’s all campus based, allowing you to redeem the best deals from businesses local to where you’re studying.
  • Unsplurge (iOS) isn’t just all about saving, it’s about spending too – with a social twist. This app makes it fun to set goals, save up for the stuff you really want, and get encouragement from friends. It’s like running a little digital money marathon with a support group on the sidelines cheering you on.
  • Spendee (iOS, Android) is all about understanding your financial situation. And by that, we don’t just mean knowing that you’re broke! Spendee uses the power of data analysis to give you intelligent advice on how to make the most of your money. It has a sleek, simple layout – just punch in the numbers, and see your finances expressed as informative and easy-to-read infographics.
  • Alison (website) is full of completely free certified online courses from the world’s top publishers. Some of the courses actually earn you a diploma at the end. There are over 750 courses on subjects as unique as Conflict Resolution and Middle East Etiquette, and as commonplace as Carpentry and Journalism.

Learning resource

During their studies, people often need a little helping hand along the way. Sometimes, that hand comes attached to a parent, and it clips you over the ear for stuffing up. Other times, it’s attached to a friend, whose finger and thumb are held at right angles in an L shape. Our final section of great student apps is a little more peaceful, and is filled with great resources to get you ahead of the game (and stay off your Mum’s clip list).

  • Hippocampus (website) acknowledges that many people learn more effectively with visual stimuli. They have developed a free website that has around 6,000 pieces of multimedia content across various subjects, including maths, sciences and humanities. So if you’re having trouble learning something out of a book, or you just didn’t ‘get it’ in the lecture, this might help.
  • Udemy (website) isn’t a study tool – it’s a resource where you can find courses on almost any topic. These are bona fide courses – many of which gain you a qualification. It’s a great way of getting ahead of the pack on subjects that relate to your current studies or trying something new if you’ve decided that you need to change direction.  And if money’s too tight to mention, check out Alison in the budget section of our best apps for uni students honour roll – just above.
  • Gutenberg (website) isn’t winning any beauty pageants as a website, but it’s definitely proof that smart is better than beautiful, any old day of the week.  This is a really, really useful site for English literature students, offering over 50,000 books to download for free. This includes some all-time classics, including works by famous authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.

About Blrt

Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.

Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.

Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.

Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.

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