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The best apps for each subject

Renata Galiamov

One of the great things about being a student in the 21st century is that there’s a stack of resources available out there on the internet. This said, it can also be one of the biggest challenges because it’s hard to tell what’s actually useful. Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work.

 

Following on from our article on the apps that you can use to study more productively and be more healthy, we dive into the specific apps you can use to study productively for each subject.

 

Multi-subject resources

 

Crash Course

Crash Course offers super useful, condensed videos that are well explained, straight to the point, and seriously fun to watch. They’re great for quick recaps of what you’re covering in class, or just to learn awesome stuff about the universe in which we live, with a wide range of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, History, Literature and Physics.

 

Khan Academy

With a plethora of in-depth videos and articles that explore all things science, maths, and economics, Khan Academy is the place to go to gain a thorough understanding of what you’re learning at school. Like Connect Lecturer and SuperClasses Tutor Jen Huang (ATAR 99.90) says, “For me, Khan was great if I really wanted to understand a whole concept (eg. immunology) in more detail than it was necessarily taught at school, but was not a resource I'd go to if I wanted a quick answer to a particular question.”

 

VCE Easy

If you study Chemistry, Further Maths, Physics or Outdoor Education, then VCE Easy has spectacular summaries covering every dot-point in the study design — nothing more, and nothing less. And best of all, they’re free!

 

Literary Devices

Recommended by Stella Que (50 Literature, ATAR 99.80), Literary Devices is a compilation of what seems like every linguistic device known to humankind, complete with definitions and examples — an essential for all students, be it for English, English Language or Literature.

 

Biology

 

ConnectApp

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Douchy’s Biology Podcast

Created by Andrew Douch — a VCE Biology teacher at Wanganui Secondary College — Douchy’s Biology Podcast explores every topic of the VCE Biology course. These entertaining recordings are great to listen to while walking home or while on the bus. As Connect Senior Lecturer Nick Parkinson (50 Biology, ATAR 99.95) says, “Douchy is the only thing that got me through VCE Biology.”

 

BioNinja

Although it’s catered for IB students, BioNinja is still jam-packed with fantastic, in-depth summaries of all things biology. A great resource to go to for extra coverage of your Biology textbook.

 

Chemistry

 

chemguide

Endorsed by Connect Chemistry SuperTutor Renata Galiamov, chemguide is a fantastic resource to go to for in-depth explanations of chemistry concepts. Although the material often goes beyond the scope of VCE, the excellence of the explanations and the awesome examples are still very insightful and sure to help you better understand what you’re covering in class.

 

ConnectApp

If you’re at a partner school, you’ll know how useful Connect Education’s study tool is for Chemistry. ConnectApp offers gold-standard exam questions for all topics in the study design, backed up with tutorials, full worked solutions, and in-depth question analyses explaining how to approach each question. It’s designed by a Premier’s-Award winning student with an ATAR of 99.95, so it’s built to help you improve your own score based on everything they’ve learned. Not at a partner school? You can get started on ConnectApp for free.

 

English Language

 

Weasel Words

For fabulous contemporary examples to use in your essays, look no further than Weasel Words – an online inventory of “management jargon and corporate-speak”, as Jonathon Lum, Connect Lecturer (ATAR 99.95) describes.

 

History

 

Alpha History

Daniel Gates (50 History: Revolutions, ATAR 99.70) recommends this site as an essential for any History student. With thousands of invaluable resources, including topic summaries, documents, images, maps, timelines, biographical profiles, and historiographical information, as well as a range of online activities, Alpha History will be sure to give you the edge you’re looking for in VCE History.

 

Legal Studies

 

tmaclegal.com

Created by Tim Macdonald — Head of Learning at Mentone Grammar School — tmaclegal.com site should be in the favourites bar of any Legal Studies student. It includes great video tutorials for every topic in the VCE Legal Studies course. The statistics speak for themselves: with over 80,000 video views by students from all across Victoria, it’s the ultimate go-to resource for clarifying concepts learned in class, or revising for SACs and the exam.

 

Literature

 

academia.edu

Nelson Phan (50 Literature, ATAR 99.80) strongly recommends Academia for Literature, Sociology and other humanities subjects. It's got some great structuralist modernist critiques of texts, and the writing is plain enough so it’s accessible to high school students (bonus: it's a free signup).

 

Languages

We don’t even know where to start with languages, there are just so many useful tools. Below are some of the apps tried and tested by members of our team.

 

Duolingo

Suitable for beginners and advanced language users, Duolingo is one of the most popular online tools for learning languages. To generate optimum results, it combines both written and oral tasks to ensure you can both synthesise and interpret language. It also motivates you to practice by enabling you to set daily goals.

 

Busuu

Similar to Duolingo, Busuu helps both beginners and advanced language users to gain and improve language skills. The site is organised into different topics, like ‘numbers’ and ‘colours’, and enables you to write practice sentences, which members of the Busuu community can correct.

 

Tinycards

Created by Duolingo, Tinycards enables you to create flashcards, which are a fantastic tool for learning vocabulary and conjugations. There are also some Duolingo-made flashcard sets for a variety of languages that you can use, as well as a large collection of flashcards made by other users.

 

Quizlet

Phoebe Ding discovered Quizlet when she started university and used it to learn vocabulary for German using the flashcard feature. “It's pretty g,” describes Phoebe, “You can download the app onto your phone and practice your vocab during commutes and stuff. And it saves paper!”

 

DW

Deutsche Welle is a German-based international news broadcaster, filled with articles about current affairs in Europe. The great thing is that you can read these news articles in 30 different languages, from Arabic to Spanish. Although the language can be quite challenging at times, it’s a great way to extend yourself and simultaneously get in the loop with what’s happening around the world.

 

Linguee

Apart from Google Translate, Linguee is one the best online dictionaries out there. The awesome thing about it is that it not only translates words, it provides information about the word class and gender too.

 

Ecoutez Bien

For all you French speakers, Pearl Paguio (45 French, 99.85 ATAR) recommends Ecoutez Bien — an online tool for honing your French skills, with a major focus on listening tasks. With the free trial you get access to a unit, containing 10 exercises based around a theme. If you choose to purchase a subscription you will have access to a total of 10 different units.

 

Psychology

 

ePsychVCE

Used by Tania Ragusa (48 Psychology, 98.45 ATAR), ePsychVCE has dozens of podcasts and videos covering VCE Psychology, as well as heaps of practice tests.

 

Information Technology

 

VCE IT

Created by teacher Mark Kelly, VCE IT has a collection of presentations covering the IT Study Design, as well as a cool blog where you can discover what’s happening in the tech-world and extend your knowledge in this subject.

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