Apps for learning
What is this guide?
This guide is where you can find out about a selection of apps to assist your learning.
The apps listed are free and almost all of them are available for Apple and Android devices.
If there’s an app you think should be included, please get in touch!
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Learn how to become a faster, more effective reader in as little as 10 days! Unlearn old habits, increase your retention and recall and curb unintentional mind-wandering. Apple devices only. Find similar apps for Android.
An app for reading books (including those from the University Library), ePub documents or PDFs. The app includes options to highlight text, add notes or bookmark pages. More on Bluefire Reader (Apple devices) (Android devices)
Discover book recommendations, keep track of what you want to read, review the books you've read. Includes a barcode scanner to add a book to your "to read" shelf. More on Goodreads (Apple devices) (Android devices)
Word prediction and auto-completion; context and phonetic spell checker; text to speech with word highlighting; fonts optimised for dyslexia; integrated English dictionary (with IPA symbols); audio pronunciation for common words.
Spell check examples:
real word spelling errors e.g. peace > piece
phonetic spelling errors e.g. preshius > precious
word boundary errors e.g. verynice > very nice
skipped and repeated letters e.g. probley > probably
missed vowels e.g. rly> really
homophone substitutions and other complex orthographic errors
More on Spell Better app (Apple devices only)
Find similar apps for Android devices
Scan (i.e. digitise) paper documents using the camera in your mobile device; save the scanned documents as JPG or PDF files; edit and annotate image and text (CamScanner HD can recognize alphabetical characters); share your scans via the cloud or email. More on CamScanner (Apple devices) (Android devices)
VPN client for mobile devices: this is necessary for searching for and downloading any e-resources (including research publications) that Loughborough University subscribes to. More on AnyConnect (Apple devices) (Android devices)
Free Graphing Calculator
Features include a scientific calculator, unit converter, mathematical reference formulas and the ability to graph up to four equations at once. More on Free Graphing Calculator (Apple devices only) Find graphic calculator apps for Android devices
Sounds: the pronunciation app
The free version includes interactive phonemic charts for British English and American English. Tap to hear a sound or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
Create boards to organise and plan tasks and projects, to do lists...
Use this app to create to-do-lists and reminders, and share them with others. Wunderlist can be synced across mobile devices and desktops.