When you’re not distracted playing Pokémon Go, your smartphone can be a great study buddy with apps that help you meet deadlines, do homework and take notes — especially now that it is back-to-school season.
Flash card apps are helpful tools for memorizing facts. StudyBlue offers flash cards, and it’s free for Android and iOS users. It works like this: You create a set of flash cards for a topic you want to learn by typing the relevant information on each card. You can add a photo to help visualize the data, or add audio. Then the app lets you quiz yourself using them.
The real power of StudyBlue is that you can share flash cards with classmates or teachers. Better yet, the app lets you search flash card sets uploaded by students and teachers around the world, so you can probably find a premade set that is relevant to you by looking up keywords or searching by school.
The StudyBlue app has many features, so it may take some time to master it — and it requires setting up a free account and an internet connection to make the most of its offerings. If you pay $19 a month or $80 a year, you can upgrade to “pro” level, which unlocks extra features, including additional options for formatting cards.