10 Revision Tools to Help You Pass Your Exams | Pricing & Features

Have you been subject to the downward spiral of procrastination? Does even the thought of work make you want to simultaneously barf and run away as fast as you can? Well, that may just be a case of you not using the right study apps for you! And, as always, we here at Educitizen have got you covered! Here are ten useful study apps that might just make a positive difference to your study life.

10. Notion

I’m sure at least ONE member of your friend group is an avid user of Notion. So, what is Notion exactly? It’s an “all-in-one workspace” where you can keep track of your study notes, lecture slides, timetables, and, on the more personal side, your finances, reading lists, calendar–the list goes on! The beauty of Notion is it can be moulded to fit your needs perfectly. And a bonus perk: got a group project to work on for school? Well, Notion has collaborative features too such as sharing pages and files. Say goodbye to Google Drive for a classier and sleeker alternative.

Notion also has a pretty active subreddit if you’re looking for template ideas or just have an issue you want to fix. Sometimes, common complaints are even picked up on and rectified by the Notion team!

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreeUnlimited pages & blocks (pieces of content added to a page)
50+ designer templates
Share with 5 guests
Sync across devices
Bulk export
Web Browsers, macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
$5/monthEverything in the Free Plan
Unlimited file uploads
Unlimited guests
Version history
Web Browsers, macOS, Windows, iOS and Android

9. Anki

If you’ve read our study habits article, you’ll know how important it is to incorporate spaced repetition into your study sessions for optimal memorization. Anki has got you covered there! Create flashcards for all your classes/lectures on Anki and it will automatically space them out for you so that you never forget key facts like humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes (very relevant, I know). Anki also has a really active user-community developing handy add-ons like a heat chart to show your revision streak. It’s a free application to use on your laptop.

There is also a web-version if your computer storage is rather full. The only caveat is Apple users can’t download the app for free on iPhones or iPads. However, it’s safe to say that you’ve got a lot of leg-room with that–you can just use the web-version on those devices!

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WARNINGThere’s another flashcard application called AnkiApp which I would really not recommend. I’ve tried using both and AnkiApp doesn’t have a spaced repetition feature which is annoying.

PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreeShared decks (Use other’s flashcards)
Tags (Group similar study materials)
Sync across devices
Images
Keyboard Shortcuts
Automatic Saving
Editing while studying
Complex visual formatting
Free Add-Ons for Customisation
Scheduling Algorithm
Custom Study (Out of the spaced repetition time-frame)
Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, FreeBSD (Source code available on GitHub)
$24.99Study Offline
Shared decks (Use other’s flashcards)
Graph and Statistics about your studies
Tags (Group similar study materials)
Sync across devices
Images (Drawn by apple pencil as well)
Automatic Saving
Complex visual formatting
Scheduling Algorithm
Custom Study (Out of the spaced repetition time-frame)
iOS

8. Forest

Forest is a productivity app that helps you focus on your work and it’s honestly got the cutest design ever! I mean, look at this! How ADORABLE is that?!

Cuteness aside, this app can be downloaded on your phone or installed as a Chrome extension. The way it works is you set a timer and STAY AWAY FROM YOUR DEVICE (or certain websites). If you manage to keep off your device/websites, you will grow an adorable little tree. And if you keep at it, you’ll have a forest in no time! The reason Forest is so effective is you actually want to plant a forest. It’s weirdly rewarding and the crushing guilt when a plant dies is just too much to bear.

The phone app costs $1.99 (+ in-app purchases) but the Chrome extension is free, though I don’t think you can grow a full forest with the extension. πŸ™  

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreeShare trees with friends
30-minute timers to block websites
Android, Chrome, Firefox
$1.99Phone usage statistics
Build forests
Track daily phone usage on Apple Health
Sync across all iOS devices
iOS

7. Flipd

Speaking of productivity apps, perhaps you’ll be more drawn to Flipd! It works on a similar premise as Forest: you download the app on your phone, set a timer, and your phone locks you out. There’s even a Full Lock mode that won’t even let you SEE certain apps on your phone (can you imagine the horror?). It’s almost ironic how you’re using your phone to use your phone less but it works! And I’m sure your productivity will skyrocket after you download this app.

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreemiumBackground music
Track usage
Integration with Apple Health
Create daily goals
iOS, Google Play
Pro Version at $5.99/month or $44.99/yearUnlimited session lengths
Unlimited breaks
Track your Flipd history beyond 30 days
Set daily goals and reminders
Unlock all music tracks
Integration with Apple Health
iOS, Google Play

6. Brainscape

Brainscape is another flashcard app. Like Anki, it employs spaced repetition techniques to ensure that ALL THOSE IMPORTANT FACTS ARE DRILLED. INTO. YOUR. HEAD. Without capitalization, of course. Brainscape was so confident in their effectiveness that they even wrote a white paper about it! If you want a more tech-savvy tool than Anki, then Brainscape is the right application for you! Equipped with study reminders and “fun” rewards, Brainscape will definitely make studying fun again. 

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreemiumFind flashcards
Create flashcards
Spaced repetition
Track progress
Sync between devices
Collaborate with authors
Share your class with the Internet
Website, iOS, and Android
Pro Version at $9.99/monthUnlimited premium cards
Upload unlimited images and sounds
Copy flashcards from other users
Import and export CSVs
Reset flashcard statistics
Make classes private
See student stats
Website, iOS, and Android

5. Todoist

Okay, to-do lists are AMAZING. I’m not even going to downplay this–that’s how totally awesome they are.  The effectiveness of to-do lists is immense and well-studied (just read this or The Checklist Manifesto, if you don’t believe me). With all that being said, Todoist is THE app for lists. It’s got a spectacularly clean interface and the level of organization makes me giddy with excitement! And it’s FREE! So, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be using this app.

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
Free (Limited)Recurring due dates
Categories
Favourites and priorities
Sections and subtasks
Delegate tasks
Task and project comments
Notifications
Todoist Karma
Productivity visualisations
Connect Todoist across platforms
iOS, Windows, Linux, App Store, Google Play, Chrome, Safari and Firefox
Premium at $3/month
(70% off for Students)
Everything in the Free Plan
Can sort task lists
Can attach files
Has goal tracking
Can add images

iOS, Windows, Linux, App Store, Google Play, Chrome, Safari and Firefox

4. Evernote

If you like the idea of notebooks with an endless amount of pages, Evernote may be the right app for you. You can add notes to your notebooks, drop files and, most importantly, TAG everything! Tagging is so underrated–it really helps you navigate your files and find what you’re looking for in record time. It’s had a fair amount of hiccoughs in the recent past but their new CEO, Ian Small, has promised to make the app better (than it already is). What does that mean exactly? No one knows for sure BUT it could mean brand new features that haven’t been seen on other workspace apps. 

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PRICEAVAILABLE ON
See different plansAndroid, iOS and Windows

3. Grammarly

Everyone knows that the most important sign of a good student is GOOD grammar. (No? Just me? Fine then.) You’re probably sick of all the Grammarly ads that precede every YouTube video (unless you downloaded the AdBlock–hats off to you) but it’s such a helpful app. Need an essay to be looked over but your study partner abandoned you at the last minute? (We’ve all been there and no, I’m not salty.) Well, guess who’ll be single-handedly saving your assignment with its edits? That’s right–Grammarly! Grammarly is a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence System that checks everything from Grammar, Spelling & Usage, Wordiness, Style, Punctuation, and even Plagiarism. This wonderful tool can even help edit the tone of your message to sound confident or passive aggressive too! It works on pretty much every online platform as well (and it just popped up on the Editor’s WordPress webpage whoops).

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreeSpelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Conciseness
Browser Extensions – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge
Native Desktop Client (Downloadable package) – Windows and macOS
Microsoft Add-ins – Windows and MacOS
Mobile Apps – iOS and Android
$11.66/monthClarity-focused sentence rewrites
Tone adjustments
Plagiarism detection
Word choice
Formality level
Fluency
Additional advanced suggestions
Browser Extensions – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge
Native Desktop Client (Downloadable package) – Windows and macOS
Microsoft Add-ins – Windows and MacOS
Mobile Apps – iOS and Android

2. Quizlet

I feel like we’ve all used Quizlet at some point in our lives. It’s an incredible tool to create flashcards (though you need to upgrade your free account to include pictures) and revise them. The little revision games are definitely what make Quizlet so unique. The “Learn” feature is also pretty useful and helps you memorize vast amounts of information using different strategies! This is definitely a site worth using for your studying endeavours!

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PRICEFEATURESAVAILABLE ON
FreemiumCreate flashcards
Quizlet Live (almost like Kahoot)
Practice tests
Learn feature
Web, App Store and Google Play
Pro Version at $15/yearUnlimited media can be added to flashcards
Quizlet Learning Assistant
Smart Grading
Spaced repetition
Web, App Store and Google Play

1. Microsoft OneNote

If you’re a fan of Microsoft, this is the tool for you! OneNote lets you create workbooks and add pages with all your amazing notes. It’s got all your usual features–images, funky bullet points (including those check-list boxes), impeccable organization. But my absolute favourite feature is the unending lateral scroll. The page just goes on and on for miles and it’s brilliant! If you’ve got a random fact that doesn’t quite fit in well with the rest of your notes, all you have to do is scroll to the side and plop it there! 

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PRICEAVAILABLE ON
See different plansWeb, Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android

There you have it, 10 apps that will definitely boost your productivity and make studying (somewhat) less stressful. Let us know your favourite app or tool in the comments below!

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