Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school. It is something you will continue to do for most of your life. Sometimes learning something new is necessary for survival or career development; other times it is optional but still beneficial for personal development or achieving a goal. Whatever your reason for wanting to develop new skills, the educational apps on this list will help you do it from your mobile device or brand new Android tablet. You don’t have to step into a classroom; just pick up your mobile device and open one of the apps below to gain more knowledge.
Learning a new language can open up a whole new world for everyone. This language learning app offers 19 options for beginners and intermediates; languages include Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish and Yoruba. Each session guides you through new words and expressions to familiarize yourself with their pronunciation and spelling. In addition, you can keep track of learned words and review them as needed.
Memrise is free and ad-supported; However, subscription options are available for those who wish to remove ads and unlock all content and features such as “Learn with the Locals”. With this feature, you get access to thousands of videos from native speakers and a test at the end of each one. Fortunately, there is a similar “Dive In” section for free accounts. Every day you get a new stream of short video clips with subtitles, and you can switch back and forth between your native language or the language you’re learning. However, these clips do not include knowledge checks.
Maths is a subject that many people struggle with, and that’s what makes this app a gift. The topics covered are numbers and quantity, functions, algebra, trigonometry and angles, sequences and calculus. Photomath doesn’t just solve math problems and equations; it also shows you the solution steps and explains each step in detail. You can take a photo of a math problem using your device’s camera or use the advanced calculator to input it to find a solution. The camera capture feature works well for books, spreadsheets, and even web pages (you can take a picture of your computer or laptop screen).
There is a handy textbook solutions section where you can search by title or ISBN and see the solutions for problems in the specific textbook. The solutions are organized by page and task number. Unfortunately, when viewing the solutions, you won’t be able to see the solution steps with a free account; you must upgrade to Plus. With a monthly or annual Plus subscription, you unlock all the steps for textbook solutions, along with animated tutorials and in-depth examples for complex problems. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a student or someone who works with math on a daily basis.
This app’s mission is to make learning fun by using rewards, multiple exercise types, and unlockable stories. There are 40 languages to choose from, including Hindi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Latin, Indonesian, Welsh, Klingon and Zulu. Before starting each lesson, you can see useful tips and hear the pronunciation of the key words. Speaking and listening are two of the most beneficial exercises you will encounter. In addition, you will be rewarded with gems, XP and badges as you progress.
There is also a heart system to keep things balanced. You start with five every day with a free, ad-supported account. You will lose a heart for every wrong answer; However, you can recover lost hearts by practicing previous material or waiting for them to refill every 5 hours. Super Duoling is a subscription plan that removes ads and adds extra benefits like unlimited hearts, progress tracking with tailored quizzes, and the ability to test out at any level. As a bonus, Duolingo also has an app for kids that teaches them to read.
This app is an excellent option if you want to increase your knowledge of mathematics, science or computer science. Topics include logic and deduction, algebra, mathematical thinking, geometry, statistics and probability, competitive mathematics, calculus, and advanced mathematics. Each lesson contains guided interactive exercises, helpful tips and detailed explanations to break down even the most complicated topics.
Brilliant is free to use and ad-free, but also limited in how much you can learn in each area; you only get to preview each course (some offer more free lessons than others). While this is great for personal use, you’ll want a monthly or annual subscription for professional development or educational use. A subscription unlocks all courses, all daily challenges and offline mode.
Like Brilliant, this app is aimed at math, science and computing. In addition, you can learn economics, arts and humanities, reading and language arts and life skills. It also offers preparation for the SAT, LSAT, Praxis Core Math, Praxis Core Writing, Praxis Core Reading, and the MCAT. Khan Academy is completely free and does not include ads.
You can choose as many courses as you like, and each course is divided into lessons. Each lesson includes video instructions, practice exercises, and a unit test; some courses even include quizzes. Hints and step-by-step instructions are also available if you get stuck. There is also a free Khan Academy Kids app for ages two to eight (preschool to second grade). It offers educational lessons, activities, books and games that your children will love.
When it comes to advancing your career, this app is one of the best in its league. EdX offers over 3,000 well-organized courses, programs and degrees from top universities and institutions worldwide. Most courses provide two tracks: verified (paid) and audit (free). The one-time fee for the verified track varies per course and is usually between $50 and $300. Paying this fee unlocks unlimited access to course materials, a verified certificate on completion and access to graded assignments and exams.
When revising a course, you will have access to the reading material, video lectures (which you can download to your device), ungraded practice papers (if available) and discussion forums. You will only have access to course material for as long as the course lasts; however, you will have the option to upgrade if desired. You must do so before the confirmation upgrade deadline. However, not all content is optimized for the mobile app and you may be sent to a web browser for some parts.
Focused on preparing you for a promotion, new job or career, this ad-free app offers various courses, online boot camps, professional certifications and post-graduate programs. Top categories include software development, data science, digital marketing, project management, DevOps and quality management. All content is free, including the certificate you receive upon completion.
Many courses are short and can be completed in just a few hours. In addition, all lessons can be downloaded for offline viewing, making learning on the go convenient. Simplilearn’s “SkillUp Bytes” section is also useful, especially for those short on time. These educational videos are under 60 seconds and new videos are added daily. Other valuable resources available in the app are articles, downloadable e-books and webinars.
This app is ideal for those who want to focus on computer programming, computer science or web development. It’s free to use with ad support; However, a Pro account unlocks unlimited practice hours, removes ads, and lets you set daily learning goals, among other things. There are 17 programming languages to choose from, including Python, C++, Java, C#, Kotlin, R, Go, PHP, Ruby and Swift 4.
Anyone can create a project and share it in the app. The exact code used can be viewed and edited whether you are sharing or viewing projects. By customizing the code, you can put your very own clever spin on someone else’s project and vice versa. In addition to seeing what creations others have come up with, you can compete in coding challenges against other Sololearn users to test your knowledge and see how you stack up on the public leaderboard.
If you’ve always wanted to learn all about chords, scales, intervals, notation and other music concepts, this app makes it possible. Plus, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can turn your music learning adventure into a competition by connecting your Google Play Games account. By doing this, you can compete with friends and users around the world, unlock online achievements and automatically back up your progress to Google Drive. Although the app is free, you can also purchase premium content to upgrade your experience. For example, you can buy individual training packages for each category and a customized training editor, which allows you to create tailor-made exercises.
The app includes ear and rhythm training exercises, exercises to improve your music, music theory guides and guided courses based on your experience level. In addition, the app allows you to customize many aspects of its aspects according to your preferences. For example, you can choose the default tempo (BPM), enable haptic feedback, invert the button buttons (if you’re left-handed), change the app’s language (eight to choose from), customize each exercise type and much more. The accompanying Clefs app (same company) helps you work on your music reading and writing skills; together you will become a musical genius in no time.
Don’t wait until next year to set an educational goal
As you can see from the educational apps on this list, keeping your mind sharp doesn’t have to be inconvenient or time-consuming. You can learn about any subject at your own pace and right from the palm of your hand with some of the best apps on Android. There’s no excuse for not achieving your short-term or long-term goal of changing careers, starting your own business, overcoming your math anxiety, or even becoming a music prodigy. So which of the above apps would you use to learn something new in your spare time?