Apps for efficient learning: 8 picks from the TEDxOtaniemi crew

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These are the most liked apps right now for efficient learning according to our team.


Have you ever wondered how to start a new language easily, when you don't really have the time to go to any classes or devote your time for certain hours? Or would you like to learn how to get your brain more effective?

Our TEDxOtaniemi crew has curated a list for you so that you can check out some of the coolest learning apps right now in the market. Some of them are highly gamified and thus addictive – a word of caution! ;) 

We hope this list inspires you to try out new things and explore the amazing world of apps. May this list bring you joy, meaning, and usefulness to your daily life!

Get your learning mode on with these wonderful apps:

1. Duolingo (Languages)

This app is wonderful! Not only is it easy to use but it also lets one decide what language one wants to learn and when. It's also gamified so you get easily hooked by leveling up!

Version for all devices.

2.  Khan Academy (Learn anything)

In the academy, you can study pretty much anything with a wide selection of courses. It's definitely worth giving a try! They even add new courses on a daily basis, so you won't get bored.

Works in web.

3. Treehouse (Software development)

Treehouse might be the most advanced learning platform for learning to be a software developer. You can actually do the coding in their platform so it does not require any separate installations for you to run code.

Works in web.

4. Itunes University

Watch and learn from recordings of talks and lectures from the worlds top universities like Yale, Cambridge, Harvard or MIT. You can also have discussions with other students or even create your own courses!

Only for IOS (iPhone & iPad).

5. Memrise (Languages)

Memrise is a very practical app, since whenever you're busy you can review words and phrases even in the bus or the subway. Memrise offers courses in languages, and once you select a language, there are four practice methods that you'll go through.

Try the intensive speed review game, in which you have to connect as many words to their meanings as possible within a very short time span. Every time you get something right, you get points that will help you advance to the next level.

Version for all devices.

6. Lumosity (Cognitive abilities)

This app is perfect for training your wits and intelligence. It's a miniature, gamified learning app for your brain. The app includes over 50 fun games to get improve your cognitive abilities.  

Version for all devices.

7. Acceleread (Productivity)

With this app you can practice the speed of your reading. Thus, you can read faster, which saves your time. The app offers a guided course, which not only takes into account your current reading level but also your desired performance goals.

Only for IOS (iPhone & iPad).

8. Yousician (Music)

You should really try this app if you want to learn how to play musical instruments step-by-step! Tutorials fit your level and follow your learning process which is fun and entertaining at the same time. Currently Yousician supports all acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and ukulele.

Tell us in the comments what type of learning-related apps you would recommend for others!