Studytracks

Category: Student Tools

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Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Students wearing headphones don't have to just be listening to music.  With this app, they can be revising very effectively wherever they are. 

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Teacher Review

Ever since the educational app industry noticed that more and more students have their own mobile devices, it has tried to find ways to utilise these capable items. This app is certainly an interesting approach to this.

Whereas most apps have taken a flashcard or multiple-choice test approach to revision, this one puts its emphasis firmly on the aural aspect. Perhaps its developers noticed that not only do most students have a mobile device but that they also have headphones. And they love to use them.

The app doesn't set out to be an encyclopaedia - it does not concentrate on the small details or how to interpret them.  Its focus is on the key points. This is ideal as a well-prepared student will be able to weave their analyses and explanations from what they have practised in lessons. It is the starting points and key facts that form the kernel of their answers that students must ensure that they can recall from scratch. This app is designed to help with this.

Each main subject is split into general topics and then sub-topics. For example, history has a First World War section.  This is then split into appropriate parts.  Each one of these then has its key points presented as a roughly three-minute recording.

These aren't just dryly read out but delivered to a musical backing to the spoken word and using frequent repetition.  It hasn't made the mistake of trying too hard to be in the style of music to which students may be listening.  Such an approach would be doomed to failure.

Instead, each one is quite listenable and feels modern without suggesting that it is trying to be something it could not be.  The length feels right and the developer's idea that the facts will embed themselves into to the users' memory feels well-founded. The recordings' style of delivery and their words do feel like they will 'stick'.

Student's won't necessarily be using this in a lesson but it will fit seamlessly into their normal lives.  A quick listen on the bus, walking to school, or at lunchtime and the knowledge will be constantly refreshed.  The self-conscious student won't even need to show that they are learning - to the observer they will be doing nothing more than listening to music.

The app awards points on each lesson, so users can congratulate themselves on the time that they have spent immersed in its content.  Its interface is extremely smooth and usable.  

Coverage is excellent, accurate, and well selected. The sciences and humanities subjects are covered very well.  In the free app, students can access a limited number of topics but this can be expanded on a "when needed" basis with in-app purchases. Quizzes can also form a part of this expansion.  An effective appraisal can definitely be made from the free version and its purchase model is fair, allowing as it does, for students to tailor the content to their own needs.

It is rare that a new approach to revision is developed and rarer still for it to be genuinely useful. Studytracks manages both admirably.

From the Developer

'Highly Commended Innovation at the BETT Awards 2017'

Studytracks is your exam preparation and testing tool that allows you to study anywhere and everywhere. So easy you can study with your eyes closed.


“This is genius, I can’t tell you how useful it will be for all children” - teacher and parent, London

“This app is so easy to use” - student, Sussex

“I’ve always got my phone with me so now I can use this on the train into town, it’s so convenient” - student, London

“The best revision is; little and often over a good period of time - this app allows you to do just that, it's brilliant!” - deputy head, secondary school Southampton

“The tracks are really catchy” - student, Surrey

“Studytracks is a very convenient way of revising and an innovative study tool” - teacher, Hampstead

Studytracks works by turning your subjects into easy to remember ‘hooks’. These hooks get suck in your head and just like the lyrics to a song, once you know it you can recall it.

When something triggers the hook (like a word or phase in an exam question) your brain recalls the information as if it were the words to a song. Studytracks is effective because it engages all of your learning modalities.

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Key Features

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No