Now more than ever, studying or getting work done from home can be a challenge. To help you feel a little less stressed and a bit more motivated, we’ve put together a list of apps that can help make studying or working from home during this time more enjoyable and productive.
Apps for kids studying at home:
- ABCmouse: ABCmouse is a learning program for children ages two through eight. It features a full curriculum for math, art, music, reading and other subjects as well. It also includes fun activities and the ability to track and monitor progress.
- Duolingo: Duolingo is a language learning app for kids that includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish and even English. It’s completely free to download and use.
- Khan Academy Kids: Khan Academy Kids features a variety of lessons and topics for kids that includes simple math, reading and literacy, language, motor skills and development, and plenty more. There are no in-app purchases or advertisements.
Apps for teenagers and college students studying at home:
- Forest: Every time you begin to focus, you plant a seed. This seed will grow into a tree for as long as you stay on the app. You can earn virtual coins for focusing, then use them to plant trees through “Trees for the Future,” Forest’s not-for-profit partner.
- Focus To-Do: This app allows you to create lists for different areas of your life, which can be synced across all your devices. The app helps you plan your day and improve time management to clear that list. There’s a built-in timer to help you focus in short windows.
- Freedom: With the Freedom app, you can choose and schedule which distracting apps to block at certain times. With these apps blocked, you won’t be tempted to constantly check your phone throughout the workday.
- Brain.fm: Your environment contributes to how well you focus. Sounds and smells can influence your mental state. Brain.fm, allows you to customize your background music to suit your activity level.
- Quizlet: Quizlet is a free website that provides learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. This app also gives you access to other users' flashcards based on the subject you are looking for.
Apps for working at home:
- Serene: Serene prompts you to define one goal each day and then break your day down into sessions. This tool helps you cut out distractions, stay focused and complete tasks faster.
- Slack: Slack is a business communication platform to keep you more connected virtually with your team. Slack offers chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging. Content, including files, conversations, and people, is also searchable within the app.
- Zoom: Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing tool where you can host calls with others in a group or even a one-to-one. There is also a built-in tool to share your screen.
- Spark: A smart email client that stops your inbox getting in the way of productivity. It prioritizes your email and bubbles important messages from real people to the top. Pin and reply to those, and batch archive the rest.