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Back-to-school apps

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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Studying, at any level, can be overwhelming. Fortunately, these days, there's an app for that. There are myriad technological innovations to keep things in check by helping students maintain a productive and organised study life. The Google Play Store, for example, has hundreds of free and paid apps that cater to visual and audio learners. We've compiled a list of some of the popular ones that can help you as you start your back-to-school journey.

1. EduFocal

This is a Jamaican-made social learning community that offers preparatory questions for GSAT and CSEC programmes in a manner akin to popular role-playing games.


• Over 23,000 questions and answers to help you prepare for your exam

• Tutorial videos that cover the entire GSAT Math Syllabus

• Study guides covering the full spectrum of grades 4 to 6 (GSAT) syllabi

• Step-by-step solution for maths questions that you get wrong (GSAT & CSEC)

2. Evernote

This app allows you to take notes in various formats: text, handwriting, audio and photo. With the basic plan, you can use the app on two devices at the same time. There is no need to worry about reviewing notes on a small screen because you can also access your notes from your computer.


• Group notes by subjects

• Record audio and type simultaneously

• Set reminders

• Chat and share files with other Evernote users

3. Flow Study

Flow Study covers the CSEC and CAPE curriculum. The content can also be accessed on its website.


• Online courses in video formats

• Virtual science labs

• CyberPedia - interactive learning activities

• Past paper solutions

4. Duolingo

Duolingo teaches approximately 20 languages, including Spanish, French and German. This free language app creates a fun environment for people who want learn a foreign language or refresh their memory.


• Daily reminders to take lessons

• Awards users with hearts for correct answers

• Quick questions after each lesson to test what you learnt

5. Edx

Edx offers free courses from reputable institutions worldwide, including Harvard University and The University of British Columbia. When the course ends you choose to pay for certification. Tertiary students can use these online courses to get additional information on their subject areas.


• Downloadable or live stream lesson videos

• Flexibility (You can access lessons at any time convenient to you)

• Streaming can be done with Wi-Fi or data connection

• Videos have closed captions in foreign languages for non-English speakers

• Some courses provide handouts on course material

6. Google Drive

One of the many apps that allow users to store your files on the “cloud”. All your photos, videos and documents can be stored on Google Drive.


• Access files anywhere with Wi-Fi

• Share files with others

• Scan documents and save them as a pdf

• Create word documents, spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations

• Select files for accessibility offline

And it may help your grades to know that while you study, you will be safe. Enter Stay Alert.

7. Stay Alert

This was designed by the Ministry of National Security in Jamaica to help keep Jamaicans safe. It can be very handy if you are ever danger.


• Panic mode (an be used to contact the police in case of an emergency)

• The law (informs you about the laws of the country)

• Alerts (displays information from the police about your safety)

• Report (allows you to report crimes to the police in video, audio, photo or message format.)

Happy studying!




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