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Science: Top Student Apps for KS3, GCSE and A Level

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In this first blog of the series I will take you through a handful of the top student apps for science out there for 3 different age groups, KS3, GCSE, A Level. As you can see I have chosen the more public exam orientated ages as this is when they need to revise the most. Enjoy and hope you end up downloading one or two of these in the future!

 

KS3

 

I Am Learning: KS3 Science

 

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I am learning: KS3 Science is an entertaining and engaging game based revision and assessment tool which merges interactive games with official curriculum content and features over 1250 unique questions. The app allows users to access constructive revision anytime, anywhere.

 

 Price: £1.49 App Store

 

The Human Body by TinyBop

 

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This app is a completely interactive working model of the human body designed for kids to discover what we’re made of and how we work. This app allows them to explore every single organ and body parts from the heart, guts, lungs, the skin and the eyes.

 

Price: £2.99 App Store

 

GCSE

 

Biology/Chemistry/Physics GCSE AQA/Edexcel/OCR Revision Games By madebyeducator

 

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These group of revision apps for Science GCSE test the knowledge of the students Key Terms via a series of different games. The games include; a key-terminator, word searches, matching games and 'smart', flashcards with personalised feedback, all designed to strengthen your use of Key Terms. Each app is specialised for a certain science and a certain exam board so make sure you download the correct one for your teenager.

 

The app is regularly updated with the latest specification and questions are designed to drill those key terms into your brain so you can go into your exams knowing you can at least the get marks for your key terms as per the mark scheme.

 

Price: £1.49 per app or £3.99 for a bundle of all three sciences

 

AQA: Bundle-App Store  Play Store-Biology  Chemistry Physics 

Edexcel: Bundle-App Store 

OCR: App Store- Biology Physics

 

Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe By Random House LLC

 

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How does the universe work? Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe explains the principles that control our universe through simple and fun experiments. Based on the work and writings of Stephen Hawking, this app teaches both adults and students the basic theories that govern our lives on Earth as well as the movement of the stars and planets.

 

You can play and learn at the same time in each of the ten experiments included in Snapshots of the Universe. Each experiment includes an interactive portion and a deeper-dive text section to help you understand the science and key theories. In addition, select experiments, including video segments, that provide further visual explanations.

 

From one of the world’s greatest thinkers you’ll learn why:

 

- Planets stay in orbit around stars

- Black holes may not actually be black

- Time is not the same for everyone

- Stars cannot exist without fuel

- Travelling between planets requires the right timing

- Objects fall at different speeds

- Stars are not always where we perceive them to be

- Motion and location depend on an outside observer

- Gravity and acceleration have more in common than you think

- Our understanding of the universe has evolved over time.

 

Price: £1.49 App Store

 

CGP Test & Learn Science Apps

 

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Test your knowledge of GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics with these brilliant Test & Learn apps from CGP! They are perfect for a bit of quick-fire revision whenever you’ve got a few minutes spare. Test yourself on an individual science using the single science apps or if you are a higher tier student buy and download the GCSE Core & Add Science Apps for harder questions. What if I can’t afford to shell out £1.49 per app, I hear you say. Well, luckily there is a GCSE Science LITE app which gives you a sample of all the questions in the full app. They even went for the triple-whammy here with the apps not only covering all the GCSE syllabuses, having a Lite version but also all five apps are available to download from the App Store and the Play Store!

 

Each app includes...

 

  • Hundreds of multiple-choice questions (with quick explanations of each answer)
  • Course-specific coverage — for AQA, Edexcel, OCR Gateway and OCR 21st Century
  • Three brain-tickling game types — Best of 10, Sudden Fail and Time Trial
  • Over 300 Q&A cards to test you on the important facts
  • Progress tracking to show you how you’re performing in each topic
  • Achievement Awards that you can post to Facebook
  • CGP Revision Guide page references for more info on each topic

Price: £1.49 (free for the Lite app) App StorePlay Store 

 

A Level

 

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iPhysics™ & iChemistry™ - Learn, revise & test your physics and chemistry skills

 

The iPhysics and iChemistry apps are your personal physics and chemistry tutors. They are used by millions of students every day, and they are the only apps about physics and chemistry that include everything you need to successfully pass your exams.

 

What you can do with iPhysics and iChemistry:

 

  • Learn quickly from over 70 topics, thanks to the clear and simple explanation.
  • Easily repeat formulas, theorems, definitions and properties , thanks to the effective synthesis.
  • Quickly find the topics that matter to you thanks to the advanced search algorithm.
  • Save your Favourites arguments to have them always at your fingertips.
  • Add your personal notes to topics, to remind you something.

Price: Free iPhysics-App Store , Play Store  iChemistry-App StorePlay Store

 

iPhysics™ & iChemistry™ Pro

 

Buy the Pro versions of the apps to get:

 

  • Get even more topics, more than 120 of them, including the most advanced topics and all those that we will add in the future.
  • Get Interactive multiple choice Quizzes, with which you can practice and get a rating of your level of preparation.
  • Discover the step by step Solved Examples, to help you understand the methods to correctly solve problems.

Price: £2.29 iPhysics Pro - App Store, Play Store iChemistry Pro - App Store, Play Store

 

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All of the apps I have selected above are great, but that's just a tiny selection of the best science apps for students. There are much, much more out there, predominantly for Apple Users as iPads are used a lot in schools, but that doesn't stop some of the greats being put up on the Play Store as well. 

 

Being aimed at schools and students, these apps aren’t free but then neither is most education these days, so as long as you are willing to pay a couple of quid per app then these apps are a must have. Apps for revision, especially the sciences as there is a lot of material to cover, means that it’s no longer a battle telling your son or daughter to put down their phone and get revising. Now all you have to do is tell them to stop texting and launch the revision app instead. Immediately they are more amenable and willingly to revise as they are still in/on their natural habitat, Technology.

 

I can't wait to hear whether you're going to download it for your son/daughter or for you personally if you are taking a public exam this year. Let me know what you think of them in the comments.

 

Thanks for reading

 

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5 Comments
guide

Good apps. I don't mind paying for educational apps for my daughter, as you say educational isn't free. A couple qiud to reinforce her learning or to maybe improve her grade is a small price to pay. Good blog.

Education apps are useful if they help students get more out of their studies

rookie
Exams are getting harder because of the new grading system (10.6/10.7) instead of A's B's however you have 3 years of science instead of two so study hard
supporter

I'm glad i'm outta high school but these apps may have made life easier

Definitely cheaper than paying for a tutor