A modern world provides people with multiple ways to gain new knowledge. This article shows top educational apps that should be on your smartphone.

Top 5 Educational Apps for Smartphones Available for Free

Thanks to the Internet, the possibilities of education grew to the level one could only dream in the past. Nowadays, training courses are available both for children and adults in:

  • Language learning;
  • Programming;
  • Web-development;
  • Robotics;
  • Chemistry;
  • Medicine;
  • Design;
  • Music;
  • And many other disciplines.

In the age of digital technologies, going in for self-education became the simplest activity to access even for free. It is especially relevant for parents willing to give their child more knowledge than the school program can offer. Though, parents can find something useful and interesting for them in this field, too.

Back in my studentship years, I preferred asking pros to write my papers for cheap and spending time learning programming languages online. I never regretted that decision. So, here below, you will find the top 5 best educational apps for smartphones I believe everyone should install and try out.

1) Duolingo: Learn Languages for Free

Duolingo is the world’s most popular free platform to learn languages. Developed for amateurs first of all, Duolingo starts the process with letting you know the main words of the chosen language. Right after you learn the words, it offers simple sentences and so on, making you study a new language naturally and gradually.

This app uses interesting language learning methods based on simple, practical and laconic exercises. The interface is quite easy to perceive, understandable and built with the gamification principles applied. The learning materials are available in web, Android, iOS and Windows versions, and include lessons with native speakers, space repetition exercises, online tests and gamification elements again.

Diolingo appears on the list of the best apps to learn English recommended by the US government. According to the small quiz in the USA, the number of Duolingo users is bigger than that of people studying English in specialized foreign language centers.

2) Memrise: Language Learning with Games

Memrise is among the most widespread and popular language learning platforms again. It uses games and educational cards as supportive elements for memory development. Over 20 languages are available, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, etc.

Like Duolingo, Memrise uses particular tactics to make language learning pleasant and funny: the set of interactive games, chat bots, and a gigantic catalog containing numerous videos from native speakers. All these measures make your educational process more controllable because of expanding your vocabulary through gamification. This makes it more acceptable and interesting for children, too. Thanks to this app, a kid can improve listening and speaking skills significantly.

3) Udemy: Gain New Career Skills

Udemy is the educational app providing a wide range of online-learning possibilities. Courses are available in 80 languages and cover various topics, starting from programming languages like C++ and Java, and ending with personal growth and self-development training, design, art, yoga, web development, animation, photography, etc. There also are courses in such relevant topics as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain. These and multiple other topics are being refreshed and filled with new materials regularly.  

The app offers both paid and free courses you can pick according to your financial possibilities. It is a perfect application for everyone willing to know more than they might ever learn during school years.

4) Edx: Learn from Professors of the Best Universities

Edx is a large online provider of open courses. It offers more than 2000 learning courses by leading universities of the world (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California in Berkeley, Harvard University and others). There are learning courses in subjects like IT, business, management, math, natural sciences, engineering, and language courses. All the materials are available for free, but the user will be asked to pay for the certificate confirming them to finish the course successfully.

Edx makes the learning process pleasant, as it provides fascinating video lectures and classes. It will certainly be useful for both a kid and an adult person.

5) Coursera: Learn from Best Experts

Coursera is the educational service founded by two Stanford University professors. It offers much fewer courses than Udemi, but all of them are from 140 leading universities and companies, varying from programming and math to music and medicine.  

Coursera has paid and free courses as well. Most of them are in English, but there are also other languages and subtitles available.

To Conclude

As you see, there are many possibilities for you to gain new skills and useful knowledge in almost any discipline. All you need is the will to learn and a smartphone with the appropriate app installed. I believe our ancestors would be ready to pay huge prices for this opportunity we can use for free nowadays. Don’t miss your chance! Turn your smartphone into a virtual classroom, and develop your intelligence and personality. 


Sumit is a Tech and Gadget freak and loves writing about Android and iOS, his favourite past time is playing video games.

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