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!
I Am Learning: KS3 Science
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
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
Biology/Chemistry/Physics GCSE AQA/Edexcel/OCR Revision Games By madebyeducators
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
Edexcel: Bundle-App Store
Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe By Random House LLC
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
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...
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:
iPhysics™ & iChemistry™ Pro
Buy the Pro versions of the apps to get:
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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