Duolingo

What does it do?

Interactive language learning.

What can I use it for?

Looking for a new hobby or learn a new language in your spare time? Duolingo provides a highly intuitive and fun way to relearn your own mother tongue or impressing your mates. They offer a range of topics to solidify a foundation with quizzes with plenty audio and visual clues.

Cost? FREE with Duolingo Plus costing £12.49 per month.

Where can I find it? It’s available on the Google Play and App Store – for a browser option and more information are available here.

QuizUp

What does it do?

Bitesize trivia with friends.

What can I use it for?

QuizUp is a burst of trivia duelling with friends. They have an extensive list of topics to choose from and available to play in different languages. It is ideal for those looking a quick competitive break from studying or for those who find pub quizzes drag on for too long.

Cost? FREE with various in-app purchases.

Where can I find it? It’s available on the App Store and Google Play – account signup is available here.

Habit Minder

What does it do? Aims to help you form healthy habits and keep you accountable through useful tools. It can be beneficial for time management, productivity and increasing general well being.

What can I use it for? Helps you to build positive habits and set and reach your goals. Enables you to track your progress and add a reward system when you meet your targets.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://habitminder.com/

Headspace

What does it do? Provides access to mindfulness and meditations guides led by experts on various categories including managing stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, mind-body health.

What can I use it for? To learn mindfulness and meditation skills and to help you build a routine that integrates this within your schedule.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase. Students can access more within the Headspace app with Spotify Premium, at £4.99 per month for both services! https://www.spotify.com/uk/headspace/student/

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.headspace.com/

Noisli

What does it do? Plays natural background noises such as a forest, river, rainfall, cafe buzz etc. You can mix different sounds and change the volume.

What can I use it for? Helpful in masking your environmental noise to improve focus and boost productivity. It can also be used for relaxation and for providing a soothing background noise to help fall asleep.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.noisli.com/

Insight Timer

What does it do? A guided meditation app aimed to help sleep and reduce anxiety. Includes meditation and music tracks, courses aimed to calm the mind and meditation teachers to follow.

What can I use it for? This app may help you learn about meditation, increase your ability to meditate and relax

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://insighttimer.com/

Calm

What does it do? Reviewed highly for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Includes guided meditation as well as sleep stories, nature sounds and mindfulness topics.

What can I use it for? This app may help you with relaxation, sleep and meditation.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscriptions available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.calm.com/

Sleep

What does it do? An app with a collection of soothing stories, meditations, white noise and sounds from different environments.

What can I use it for? This app may help improve your quality of sleep, reduce insomnia and aims to make  the ‘morning wake up’ easier for you

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscription  available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://www.instagram.com/sleepapp/

Slumber: Fall Asleep, Insomnia

What does it do? This app has a collection of stories and meditations aimed to induce sleep and beat insomnia. Includes soothing sounds and ASMR stories.

What can I use it for? This app may help you feel relaxed and fall asleep quicker.

Cost? It’s free! Premium subscription available to purchase.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and is coming to Android soon. For further information on the app you can take a look here: https://slumber.fm/about