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8 Useful Apps Every Learner Should Not Miss

8 Useful Apps Every Learner Should Not Miss

If you want to be a good student of school or student of life, you’ll need the right learner apps to maximize your capacity to learn and grow. There are some obvious productivity tools (Microsoft Word, the default notes app on your phone, etc.), but there are also many other choices for learner apps beyond the obvious that will enable you to learn more faster. Read below about a number of powerful learner apps for many of your possible needs.

1. Scrivener

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    Microsoft Word

    is the word processor almost everyone, from students to employees, is expected to utilize. However,it has a number of issues. It’s clunky, it’s complicated, it’s expensive… ultimately, it’s just not the best choice for most users. People eager to learn might benefit from simpler word processors or, better yet, somethingjust as complex but much easier to use. Scrivener is one ofthe very best learner apps out there. It takes all the things you need from Word and adds other features like split-screen and the ability to easily combine a series of documents into one file.

    2. Evernote

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      Sure, you can jot down a thought you had with an app pre-installed on your phone. But Evernote does that and so much more. It’s one of the only learner apps that allows you to collect and organize hundreds or even thousands of notes. Students can benefit greatly by keeping a separate digital notebook for each of their classes or fields of study.

      3. Pocket

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        Whether you’re writing a twenty-page research paper or just trying to learn about a subject for your own entertainment, you’re going to need resources on the net to complete your assignment. Pocket is a great way to save articles and web pages to read later orcite as references. With an extension, all it takes is the click of a button to send important information to one handy destination.

        4. Drafts

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          When you need to get something down right away, the Drafts app is among the best learner apps for your needs. That’s because you can type it down and figure out what you want to do with the text later. Options include saving it to Evernote, sending it as a text, posting it to social media, and a whole lot more.

          5. Wiki Apps

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            Wikipedia

            is a great resource for learners, providing you a starting point for your research. Apps that make the Wikipedia experience better are naturally, then, prime choices for learner apps. Check out software like Wikipanion to make something great even greater.

            6. Mailbox

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              Normally, you’re not supposed to use your email inbox as a to-do list, but Mailbox(for iOS, Android and Mac) makes doing so a pretty solid idea. With the ability to separate emails into lists and “snooze” ones for later in the day, week, or month, this is one of the onlylearner apps that makes the highly coveted Inbox Zero possible.

              7. 1Password or LastPass

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                If you get hacked, you risk losing all kinds of research and data that you badly need. To create highly secure passwords and keep track of all of them, you need a password manager like 1Password or Last Pass. It might cost a little money, but it’s going to save you from a lot of scrambling.

                8. Lynda.com

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                  This is easily the most expensive of the learner apps on this list, but it’s also probably the most valuable. Lynda.com is a subscription service where you can watch video tutorials about almost every subject you can think of. Its minimum $30 a month sounds like a lot, but it gives you an oftentimes equal or superior experience to that of a live class that would cost you ten times as much.

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                  Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                  1. Zoho Notebook
                    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                  2. Evernote
                    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                  3. Net Notes
                    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                  4. i-Lighter
                    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                  5. Clipmarks
                    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                  6. UberNote
                    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                  7. iLeonardo
                    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                  8. Zotero
                    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

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                  In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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