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11 Best Homework and Study AppsFrom forgotten assignments to distracting daydreams, daily homework is derailed in so many interesting ways for ADHD kids. Here, ADDitude has compiled the 11 best mobile apps to help students organize their time, stay on task, and study smarter!
by the ADDitude Editors
High-Tech Homework Solutions
After a long day at school, the last thing your ADHD child wants to do is a mountain of homework — especially if he can't sit still at the computer or forgot to write down the assignment! Here, our top picks for homework and study apps to keep your kid organized, focused, and ready to work.
For students who forget to write down assignments or turn them in on time, there's the free myHomework app. It tracks class schedules, homework assignments, and upcoming tests — and notifies your child when something is due. If your school chooses to participate, the app can also alert you to school announcements or let you download documents the school has shared — so no more lost permission slips!
If your child is permitted to use a tablet in the classroom, inClass allows him to take multi-sensory notes — using audio, video, pictures, or plain old-fashioned text. He can also share his notes with classmates and discuss topics he struggles with, all right in this free app.
ADHDers who struggle with working memory will love this user-friendly flashcard app that's infinitely customizable — and easy to use. Create your own flashcards, or download pre-made sets from a library of more than 4 million. Then program the app to focus on the cards you're stumbling over or remove cards from the rotation once you’ve mastered them.
This free Mac application is great for older ADHD students who are easily distracted by Facebook or Twitter during homework time. SelfControl allows you to block tempting websites for a predetermined amount of time. It's great for parents trying to keep kids on track — even if they restart the device or delete the app, they still won't be able to access the sites until the time is up!
The classic study tool is now a handy app! ADHD students can access the full SparkNotes library — complete with summaries, study questions, and discussions of key themes — on the go on their Android or Apple device. If your child struggles to focus on long reading assignments, this app is a great way to reinforce the main ideas and get them thinking critically about the text.
The ultimate study tool! It has tons of different study modes, so your ADHDer can take quizzes, go over review sheets, or flip through flashcards. The app also boasts a built-in content library so your child can search related material and learn more about the topic at hand.
If you struggle to organize notes and papers, use Evernote to capture everything that matters in one convenient place. You can store online articles, handwritten notes, even photos — and search everything to find exactly what you need immediately. Tag things to group them together by project. The app can even help your child turn his notes into easy-to-follow presentations.
A lot of kids with ADHD are visual learners for whom traditional outlining techniques for essays or large projects may not work. Enter Popplet, the brainstorming app built for visual learners. Your child can make mind maps, diagrams, “mood boards” — anything that helps her organize her thoughts in a more cohesive way. The simple interface keeps up with her racing brain, making outlining essays and projects much less stressful!
Documents To Go
Does your child struggle to sit still at the computer while typing up a long book report? Does he prefer to do his work sitting under the table or laying on the floor? Now you can bring the book report to him — wherever he works best — with Documents To Go! Any Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF file can be transferred to your tablet, so your ADHD kid can work on his homework wherever he feels most productive.
StayOnTask is a simple app that can work wonders for ADHD children who drift off during homework time. The app will periodically “check in” with your child to make sure he’s doing his work and not messing around. It’s random, so users can’t predict when it will check up on them. If he’s off task when the app checks in, it provides a gentle reminder to put his mind back on his math homework.
For help breaking down homework into management chunks, try 30/30. The app's simple interface allows you to set up a list of tasks and an amount of time needed for each one. Your child can use it to check in and easily figure out what she's supposed to be doing and how much time she needs to do it.
Problem: You find it difficult to meet goals.
How you use the app: EpicWin is a cross between a digital organizer and a role-playing video game. You choose an avatar character that appeals to you, and then select a task that you want to accomplish. As tasks are completed, players pick up points, "treasures," and loot.
Benefits: Video-game elements appeal to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) brain and motivate you to keep going.
Problem: You get distracted when doing a task.
How you use the app: Pick a task, choose the completion time, and the app keeps you on track by showing time elapsed and time remaining. Include breaks and use the intermittent vibration reminder to help you stay on task.
Benefits: You can customize Task Timer to your work preference -- as a quick burst of activity or at a more leisurely pace.
Problem: Your child needs extra motivation to accomplish routine tasks.
How to use the app: Input chores or behavior goals and track your child's progress into iRewardChart over the course of the week. When he completes an action, he earns a star toward a reward.
Benefits: It offers children visual reinforcement of progress made -- and rewards earned.
Problem: You can't keep track of paper clutter.
How to use the app: Evernote allows you to store text, photos, and audio notes on your device of choice. Create "notebooks" and categorize notes for recipes, an upcoming vacation, product research, to-do lists, and so on. Notes are tagged with geo-location for mapping or search.
Benefits: Information is in one location, organized, and available through a simple search. Type in what you need and Evernote will find it for you.