Let’s face it. We all have different learning styles. You might be a visual learner and concentrate more when your instructor uses PowerPoint presentations, color and objects. Your friend, who is an auditory learner, listens intently to a lecture and can recall exact details. Research has shown that a student’s academic performance is related to his/her learning style and the method of teaching used. If your instructor’s teaching method supports your learning style, you’re apt to do well academically.
Did you know that most instructors incorporate a lecture-type teaching style for at least 80% of the class time? If you’re not an auditory learner, this can be challenging. You might find yourself doodling, daydreaming, or wondering why the instructor is wearing such a funky tie.
Mobile educational apps are changing the way students study and absorb information. Yes, you’ll still need to attend classes, but mobile educational apps can help you better understand the information that has been presented. Whether you download to your iPad, iPhone, Android or Blackberry, many of these apps are free or available at a very low cost.
For visual learners — or learners who prefer to have information presented step by step — mobile apps are very helpful. A lot of the apps make learning interesting by including trivia, games, multiple choice questions and much more. Educational apps are available for most any subject.
RealSimpleEdu provides several On-the-Go References apps. For example, the On-the-Go References Biology app includes illustrations and tutorials to help explain topics such as cells, photosynthesis, genetics, ecology, climate and the digestive system.
Are you taking a class in calculus and finding it overwhelming? Checkout the handy On-the-Go References Calculus app. This app is a learning aid and a reference with a lot of information. It includes quizzes, search, bookmarks, and handy tools to help you learn and remember the steps needed to solve problems.
Struggling with US History? You might enjoy trying out the Today’s Document mobile app. This is an interactive gallery of 365 documents and images from the National Archives. You can select any day of the year and find out what significant things happened on that day in the United States.
If you’re preparing for the SAT, GMAT or GRE and need to work on your vocabulary skills, the IntelliVocab is an ideal tool (and is free). Artificial intelligence is used to learn about your current vocabulary level and habits. Based on that information, it will then provide you with vocabulary lists and exercises that you need to focus on. I would also like to mention a very good mobile app for those of you are struggling with the Math portion of the SAT then you can download EduCareLab’s SAT Math Study Guide App.
Do you have any favorite mobile apps to add to this list?
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