Five Great Apps for Online Learners

written by Georgia Schumacher 3 December 2012

Online education has great advantages for any student – it’s convenient and can be done from almost anywhere from a computer that has an internet connection. Despite these perks, there are several challenges when studying from the web. Social networks, emails and other web-based applications can become distractions that hamper productivity. Thankfully, we live in a digital world of smart phone and web apps. Here are five helpful apps to encourage and motivate learners to accomplish study goals.

Evernote
Evernote is a cross-platform application that saves different types of notes and sync them across all your devices. Save a web clip from your desktop and access it on your smart phone, or any other device available to you at that moment.

Dropbox
Dropbox is the most popular cloud storage option for accessing files from any device. The free plan gives you 2 GB of storage, with options to upgrade to a paid plan for up to 500 GB more storage space. Dropbox is available as a web application, a desktop software (PC/MAC) and as a smart phone app (iPhone/Android).

ThinkFree
ThinkFree is a free web service that lets you work on documents online, without having to install a software. If you’re working on a computer without Microsoft Office installed, this is a great alternative. Signing up is free, with 1 GB storage for your documents. ThinkFree is also good for collaborating on projects and group assignments.

iAnnotate PDF
iAnnotate PDF is an app for iPad and Android tablets that lets you add notes, stamps or signatures, drawings and even audio recordings to PDF, DOC and PPT documents. This app is great for making your tablet feel like a real textbook by highlighting text or drawing marks on areas you want to remember.

myHomework
Keep track of your assignments, tests, and class schedule with this smart phone app available for both iPhone and Android. myHomework provides a student-specific organizer with a built-in calendar, widget and planner so every task is visible thus impossible to miss. Online learning is designed to fit as seamlessly as possible with your busy schedule. These apps are just some of the best ones available out there and should give you a head start when taking courses online. Although diligence and discipline starts with you, a little push from helpful apps like these sure wouldn’t hurt.