Wow, where did the summer go, right? School is back in session. And that means all kinds of fun stuff to look forward to — new supplies, new students, new teachers, new classrooms. But it also means new projects, papers, reading assignments, and deadlines. Yay.
But the good news is, you don’t have to do all the hard work on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help you achieve your goals this year — even if it’s just getting through this semester in one piece. You can try out some new study habits, start a new morning routine, or dive deep into the universe of education apps.
(It’s literally a universe. There’s like 500,000 of them.)
To help you get started, we picked 5 of our favorite tech-y resources for the 2021 school year. These simple-but-mighty tools can help you tackle this year with way less stress and way more yes. And they’re perfect for teachers, parents, and students of all learning levels — grade school, college, and beyond.
Quizlet makes studying for tests and finding answers to tough homework questions a breeze. Students can create their own flashcards for any topic, then share them with friends, or play games that let them test their speed. And Explanations give students step-by-step solutions to help them work through tough problems they’re solving. Whether you want to learn a new language or memorize the anatomy of a cell, Quizlet is a great collaborative choice for testing knowledge — available on both iOS and Android. Students say it even makes studying…fun. Win!
4. Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers students and teachers free online learning material in a wide range of subjects — math, computer science, SAT®/ACT® prep, AP® coursework, history, and more. Created by experts, it’s a perfect supplement to classroom teaching for teachers, and a powerful study resource for students. Offering students a variety of trusted learning materials like Khan Academy can help them learn about different topics in different ways, and help them grasp concepts they may have missed the first time around.
You know when you tell yourself, “I should write that due date down so I don’t forget it?” Then write it down on a random scrap of paper that you’ll never see again?
There’s a better way. Evernote brings your to-do list, calendar, deadlines, ideas, lecture notes, grocery lists, and wildest dreams together in one easy-to-use place. You can add text, images, PDFs, audio clips, scans, and more to any note you create — and it’s available on desktop and mobile, too. Evernote makes organizing your life at home, in the classroom, and beyond easier than ever.
Grammarly helps improve your writing in real-time by making suggestions as you go. The Chrome extension catches punctuation, spelling, and grammar errors and suggests ways to write more concisely. It even helps you choose the most appropriate tone for what you’re writing, or let you know if a sentence is hard to read.
Add it to your Chrome browser and see the magic in action on your next essay or email.
Reading can be a lifelong challenge for many of us. It can feel too frustrating, inconvenient, and time-consuming to manage all the things we want and have to read for school, work, or fun. Audiobooks are popular for a reason, but not everything we have to read is readily available in listening format. And with Speechify, it doesn’t have to be.
Speechify is a text-to-speech reading assistant that turns anything you read into audio — textbooks, novels, Google Docs, PDFs, websites and more. And it can help you help you power through more text much faster and with less effort than it takes to read it.
It’s great for writing and studying, too. Since you can listen while you follow along with your eyes, Speechify can help you proofread an essay or an email you just wrote, or double-down on material you need to learn quickly. It’s a huge time saver and a real rescue for last-minute cramming.
Speechify is available on mobile and desktop. Anything you save to your Speechify library syncs to your phone so you can listen to anything you save at your desk, in the car, while you game, on a walk, or at the gym. For students and teachers alike, that means doing a lot more — and stressing a lot less.