Studying is something we all have to do eventually. You need to do it in high school and college at least. There are also a variety of other times where study is necessary, even in your work life. For instance, many food service managers need to certify with food safety organizations and that requires testing. In any case, apps like these are helpful for doing home work or studying for a test. Here are the best study apps and homework apps for Android! Also, don’t forget the official Google Search app! It can help with a lot of that more simple stuff in case you have a brain fart!
Price: Free / $15 per 3 months / $24 per year
Brainly is a social network for learners. You sign up, ask questions, and get answers (usually). Additionally, you can browse the site, answer other people’s questions, and help them out as well. It should work for most scholarly pursuits. There is also an optional subscription that puts your question higher in the queue and removes advertisements. They charge on a semester basis ($15) or a yearly basis ($24). It works for simple stuff like homework. However, more hardcore studying may require more than just this.
Price: Free / $5 per month
Cram.com Flashcards is a decent study app. It works like you think it does. You create flashcards about whatever topic, study them, and then ace your test (hopefully). The boasts cross-platform support, offline support, various study modes for better learning, and you can create or edit flashcards in the app. The UI is nothing to write home about, but it’s easy to use at least. The free account limits the number of cards you can make. The optional subscription unlocks that limitation. This one is obviously best for study rather than homework.
Price: Free / Up to $1.99
Forest is a different type of app. One of the biggest distractions during study is your smartphone. Forest helps put a stop to that. You open the app and a tree grows. The tree dies if you leave the app. Thus, there is a little motivation to leave the thing alone while you study or do homework. It does let you white list apps so you can still use the phone if needed. There are other apps that also flat lock you out of your phone as well. We also really like Francisco Franco’s 5217 app that puts you on a timer for 52 minutes and then another time for a 17 minute break. These apps can help keep you focused, less distracted, and less burned out.
Google Drive suite
Price: Free (for 15GB), $1.99-$99.99 per month
Google Drive is one of the best apps for students anyway and it works doubly well as a study app. The actual Google Drive app includes 15GB of free storage. That’s enough to store projects, notes, and other study materials for future reference on your phone or other devices. Additionally, the suite comes with Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets), and Slides (presentations). You can use those tools as needed for writing up notes, keeping track of data or further study, or start working on your next presentation. It’s difficult not to recommend Google Drive for basically everything.
Google Play Books
Price: Free app, book costs vary
Google Play Books is an excellent source of learning material. Sometimes your text book just isn’t enough and apps like this have plenty of additional resources. Books cost money, obviously. However, you only pay for them once. Books are available offline on your smartphone or tablet. Additionally, the app boasts cross-platform support. There are others like Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble’s Nook app, but we found Google Play Books to be the best for this particular use case. The app is completely free, only the books cost money.
Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder
Price: Free / $3.99
Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder is an excellent voice recorder. It’s useful for a variety of purposes while studying. That includes recording lectures while in class, taking voice notes of your own, and practicing things like foreign language skills. The app records in MP3. That means recordings are compatible with basically any device you own for easy transferring and listening on your laptop or tablet. There isn’t too much of a different between the free and pro version of the app. For most, the free version should do just fine.
Price: Free trial / $4.99 / Additional in-app purchases
LectureNotes is among the most popular note-taking apps for students. It’s made specifically for such a purpose. You can take all the notes you want to in a variety of ways, including handwriting if you want and sketches for things like math classes. Additionally, it has Evernote integration and a few plugins that record audio and video. The plugins cost extra and the app only has a free trial. However, there is basically nothing wrong with this one. It’s an excellent study and homework aid.
Price: Free / $19.99 per year
Quizlet is one of the most popular flashcard apps for Android. Its mostly for language learning. However, you can use it for just about any subject or topic. You can create flashcards, play memory games, and even share flashcards with classmates. It also supports 18 languages. The pro version lets you add additional media like photos along with other features. The free version should work just fine for simple uses, though. You only really need the premium version if you want ridiculously detailed flashcards and the basic ones just won’t do. Thankfully, $19.99 per year isn’t a terrible price for a study aid.
Socratic is a study app for math and one of our picks for the best Android apps from 2017. It basically helps you out with math homework. You take a photo of the problem. The app uses OCR to identify the problem and show you the steps to solve it. That way you can see the answer and also see how to get there so you can learn the process. This only works for math questions and we believe there is an upper limit on how well it works. However, those studying math can’t find a better Android app except for maybe Wolfram Alpha, which is another excellent study aid for math and statistics courses.
Individual topic apps
Price: Free / Varies
There are a variety of reasonably decent apps for individual topics. For example, we found decent apps that help you study for MCAT (linked), SAT (Ready4 SAT), EMT (EMT Study), and various apps for specific foreign languages and other specialized areas. We even found an app for Servsafe (food industry), although it’s not really any good. These apps take a more focused approach to the topic rather than being generally helpful like the other apps on this list. This lets you zero in on the information you need without requiring a ton of work on your part. Most of these apps are free or have free version with a premium version that usually just removes advertising.
If we missed any great study apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!