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.

Miro

What does it do?

Collaborative web whiteboard platform.

What can I use it for?

Missing messy project group project planning with whiteboards and sticky notes? Miro might just be for you with customisable formats and an option to upload media. It is a flexible tool for project planning or your very own personal vision board.

Visual Learning, Mind Mapping, Organisation, Planning, Group Work

Where can I find it? It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information or Mac and PC download options are available here.

MindView

What does it do?

This mind mapping tool helps you with learning and planning.

What can I use it for?

You can use this mind mapping software as a visual way of learning topics or as a planning tool for written work. Images and links to resources can be added and once you have finalised your plan this can be exported into Word so you have a ready made template to write into.

Cost? It is available for use on all QMUL computers, so free! Or you can purchase a yearly subscription for a personal computer from $20 a month.

Where can I find it? It’s available on all QMUL computers. For further information about purchasing a subscription for your own computer you can take a look here or for information on a 30-day free trial look here.

Coggle

What does it do?

This mind mapping tool allows you to create mind maps and flow charts that you can add text and images to and link videos and websites. Mind maps can be downloaded as PDFs.

What can I use it for?

Use this tool when planning assignments and revising. It helps you to get ideas down and draw links between concepts. The colour coding feature and the ability to add images and videos also provides a great visual overview of the information.

Cost? You can sign up for free and have access to 3 private diagrams and as many public diagrams as you like. Or for $5 a month you can have access to unlimited private diagrams.

Where can I find it? You can sign up with a Google, Microsoft or Apple account here. For further information on the app, you can take a look at the tutorial video here.

Scapple

What does it do?

An intuitive mind mapping software which helps with getting an overview on a piece of research and then plan the write up. Works in conjunction with Scrivener.

What can I use it for?

Use it for getting initial research ideas down and organising your thoughts and ideas in one place when planning or writing an essay, dissertation or thesis. Mind mapping is also a great way of getting an overview on any topic which you are trying to learn or to make your revision more visual and interactive.

Cost? a one-off subscription fee of £13 (student/academic price)

Where can I find it? It’s available to download for both Mac and Windows from the Scapple website here.

Quizlet

What does it do?

It allows you to make flashcards for learning and revision purposes and search/edit existing sets created by other users.

What can I use it for?

Flashcards are a great way to improve and test information recall for learning and revision. You can auto-generate a range of activities from the set of flashcards you have created to test yourself e.g. a multiple choice test, so you can match it to the style of exam suitable for your course.

Cost? Basic account free or £19.99 per year for Quizlet Plus which allows you to customise flashcards further.

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://quizlet.com/

Brainscape

What does it do?

Its a site which enables the creation of flashcards for learning and revision purposes which can be shared across devices. You can also search for existing flashcards and share what you create with others.
When testing yourself, after you reveal the answer for each flashcard, you rate your knowledge from 1-5 and your next revision session will focus on the topics you feel less confident with, allowing for more effective, focused revision.

What can I use it for?

You can use it to learn new topics or revise for exams in a more fun and multi-sensory way, rather than just writing out notes. It is super easy to test yourself and build on the areas which you need more help with and avoid the temptation of just focusing on the familiar areas.

Cost? It’s Free! Premium options are available.

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.brainscape.com/