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
App Block: Stay Focussed
Block distracting applications temporarily on your device so that you can stay focussed, particularly when studying or revising. The blocker app can be activated for a precise time and date, and once the pre-set time duration is over, the blocked apps can be used again. More on App Block: Stay Focussed (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)
Focus Keeper Free: Work & Study Timer
Timer which helps you focus your work into timed chunks with a short break between each activity. Focus on a task until the timer rings then take a break. Customize the length of the focus sessions and breaks. Track your progress with charts. More on Focus Keeper Free (Apple 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. More on Sounds: pronunciation app (Apple devices) (Android devices)
Lynda.com is a learning platform which has over 5000 video tutorials used to develop creative, software, technology and business skills for learning and teaching. Watch courses and videos on topics about your interests to enhance your personal skills.
Create playlists of videos and courses for yourself and others to watch. Download courses to watch offline. On completing a course, receive a certificate to display on your LinkedIn page. Available on Android, Apple and a number of other platforms. For more information, visit the app webpage on Lynda.com.