5 apps to help you get all A stars at GCSE

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 Paula Antalffy
edtech exam mobile technology

When you are studying for GCSE and A-level exams, revision becomes a huge part of your life. Anyone can admit that revising gets boring, and having to look through the same notes or textbooks over and over again is tedious. 

What if we told you that there are tools you can use to make revision more exciting? These 5 apps can not only make studying more fun, they can also make it more efficient:

  1. Gojimo: Browse though thousands of prewritten revision cards
  2. Brainscape: Create your own custom Revision Cards
  3. Forest: Focus better and help save the planet
  4. Xmind - Create beautiful, easily customisable mind maps
  5. Stand up! - Set up efficient breaks for yourself

Don’t believe us? Read on!

1. Gojimo 

What is it? Gojimo is a revision app which probably covers your exam topics. The app comes with over 40,000 practice questions, covering most standardised exams (GCSE, A-levels, Common Entrance etc.) and exam boards (AQA, CCE, Edexcel etc). The app is used by 1 in 3 UK GCSE and A-level students, so it will probably be helpful for you! 

The best part: All the questions and answers are pre-filled for you so you can get to studying straight away!

Study using 1000s of prewritten revision cards by using Gojimo.

Gojimo promotional photo showing app interface on phone.
Gojimo promotional photo showing app interface on phone.

2. Brainscape

What is it? Brainscape works very similarly to Gojimo, but gives you the ability to also create your own revision cards and look through revision cards made by others. If you know a specific style of presenting information which works well for you or are doing exams in niche subjects this is a great app for you!

The best part: The app also allows you to customise how you revise, letting you tweak timings and even add your own images to each card.

Create your own customer flashcards with Brainscape.

3. Forest

What is it? If you have already got all of your revision materials ready to go, but are having difficulty getting into the study zone, Forest was designed for you. Any time to want to focus you can plant a tree in the app by putting on a timer. The tree will grow while you focus. Keep in mind, if touch your phone and exit the app while the tree is growing it will die. The app allows you to build up a lush forest over time, whats more growing trees can get you real life rewards and discounts!

The best part: The creators of the app plants trees in real life when you spend the reward coins you earn from focusing. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Focus better and give back at the same time with the Forest app.

Image showing how forest app allows you to grow trees by putting on focus timers.
Image showing how forest app allows you to grow trees by putting on focus timers.

4. Xmind 

What is it? For some students, mind maps are the key to retaining lots of knowledge for exams. If you are one of these students, you’ll find Xmind very useful! This virtual mind map app, allows you to store and sort your revision notes in a beautiful and clean display. The app not only boasts dozens of pre-built templates, it is also super simple and intuitive to use.

The best part: Since all your notes are stored in the cloud, you never have to worry about losing them again!

Make beautiful, easy to use mind maps with Xmind.

5. Stand up!

If you are already great at focusing and studying non-stop, you could use an app which helps you take breaks. Studies have shown that taking breaks can make you more efficient!. Stand up! is a simple app which allows you to schedule yourself well-deserved breaks throughout the day. This can help stop you from overworking yourself and burning out.

The best part: Break times are fully customisable to suit your natural routines.

To give yourself efficient quick breaks try Stand up!

Screenshots of StandUp! app showing how to create break reminders and customise app interface.
Screenshots of StandUp! app showing how to create break reminders and customise app interface.

If you are looking to get better at revision, these apps are a great place to start. Whether you are looking for new ways to present information, a better way to focus or a tool to help you take breaks, these apps are bound to help!

Want to find more tips and tricks to help you study better? Read our other blog here!

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