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Top 5 Must-Have Learning Apps for ELL Students

Updated on August 22, 2016
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Edtech: Changing the way we learn.
Edtech: Changing the way we learn.

Useful Learning Tools

One look around is enough to realize that times have changed. It’s next to impossible to find a person without a gadget these days! From smartphones to smart cards to smart whatnot, technology has changed our lives.

It’s interesting to witness how the dawn of mobile applications has changed the lives of college-goers. Different times call for different measures, and keeping up with times is perhaps one of the best measures that can benefit students.

iOS, Android, or Windows, no matter which OS a student uses, there is a whole gamut of apps to suit varied needs. Apps have captured people’s imaginations by bringing interactive technology to the fore. Combining such technology with educational resources has resulted in productive students and better learning in classrooms.

Improved learning is just one of the few benefits that apps offer, besides advancing other important aspects such as connectivity, knowledge, networking, safety, communication, etc.

With more than 70% college students owning smart phones, applications are here to stay. Here are some useful apps for literature students:

  • Exam Vocabulary Builder: Whether you’re a freshman or preparing for graduate entrance exams, this app by Accelastudy helps you better your vocabulary on the go. The app has several features and boasts of over 6 million users.

Available on: iOS 8.0 and above.

  • Dictionary.com: There are several apps when it comes to exam prep, but most apps have limited number of words. With over 2,000,000 definitions and a rating of 4.5 stars by its users, this app is surely popular for all right reasons.

Available on: iOS, Android, and Windows.

  • Dragon Dictation: If you’re behind schedule on a project and the last thing you want to do is spend time on typing study notes, this is the app you need. Talk to this app and it’ll digitally convert voice to text, which you can paste into others apps. Easy-peasy!

Available on: iOS

  • StudyMode: Looking for help to finish that book report? From Hemingway to Shakespeare to Melville, etc., StudyMode gives you access to over 1.5 million documents you can use to ace that test or get good grades. With a 4-star rating, the app has some great reviews.

Available on: iOS, Android, and Windows.

  • Evernote: Taking notes is one thing and being able to bookmark, clip, and copy text (with multiple other uses) is something else altogether! If you have this app, you also have access to several useful plugins and addons. It’s available on multiple platforms as well.

Available on: iOS, Android, and Windows.

Have you tried some of these apps? Or do you have an app that’s your personal favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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