How to make a smartphone a tool for learning and development
Hi all! Today I want to share some interesting thoughts about how our smartphone can become an indispensable assistant in learning and development. After all, the times when phones were used only for calls and watching news are long gone, aren’t they?
First, I’ll explain why a smartphone. This is simply an invaluable resource! Everyone always has it at hand: at home, at work, on the road. We are already accustomed to surfing the Internet, communicating on social networks, reading news and even shopping online. But have you thought that your little pocket assistant can help you learn new things, develop skills and learn new languages?
It was during one of those usual evenings spent watching the news and communicating on social networks that I started thinking about how often I use my smartphone. And then I realized: a smartphone is not just a device for entertainment and communication, it is a powerful tool for my development.
Developers create many mobile applications that help you learn new knowledge, improve skills, and organize your time. Instead of endlessly scrolling on social networks, I decided to use this time usefully: listen to educational podcasts, learn new languages, read e-books, and even track my learning progress through various applications.
Learning languages on the go
I’ll tell you about several great applications that make my language learning experience very interesting and convenient. Duolingo and Busuu are apps that I often turn to when I want to improve my language skills or practice. I try to use every free minute, even when I’m cooking dinner, to learn new words or phrases. This approach helps me stay motivated and take constant steps towards my language goal.
Duolingo has truly changed the way I think about learning languages. What could be better than learning through play? This platform not only helps me improve my vocabulary, but also reminds me of grammar rules that I might have forgotten. Every day, with just a few minutes of studying on Duolingo, I can feel my language skills improving.
I was especially impressed by the system of motivation and rewards on the platform. This encourages you not to miss a day and continue your path to language improvement. I am sure that for many, like me, Duolingo will become not just an application for learning a language, but a daily companion in the world of language discovery.
Busuu has become a real find for me among language platforms. This application is distinguished by its general format, which actually works in practice. With an interactive course, I not only learn the language, but also have the opportunity to submit my problems to native speakers. And feedback from them is not just error correction. This is valuable feedback that helps improve your language skills.
During my studies at Busuu, I received several certificates, but what impressed me the most was the communication with native speakers. This is not only a written exchange of opinions, but the ability to communicate through voice messages. This format brings you closer to the culture of each language, allowing you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of real communication.
Babbel is certainly a popular tool in the world of language learning, but as with everything, it’s the individual experience that counts. I decided to try this application as well. I liked the realistic dialogues and the professional approach to preparing materials. However, for some reason, Babbel did not meet my needs. Perhaps this is due to the specifics of assimilation of information or learning style.
I also experimented with other language applications. And this is what is clear: in this huge world of language programs and applications, the most important thing is to find what is right for you: the platform where it will be interesting and comfortable to study.
Design in your pocket
In today’s technological world, I am faced with the need to constantly improve my skills. Not only in matters of language learning, but also in the professional sphere. One day, given the task of creating infographics for iPhone descriptions, I turned to Canva. This application has become a real godsend for me as a “newbie” in this matter. I had to do a little research and practice until I understood how everything works. But the infographic turned out pretty good, and the process of creating it was very interesting.
Here are a few apps for designers that I have also considered and tested for my work:
- Sketchbook is a powerful drawing and design app designed specifically for creators of all levels. It makes it easy to create quick sketches, detailed illustrations and concepts. The interface is simple and intuitive, which allows you to immerse yourself in the creative process as much as possible.
- Adobe Photoshop Express for mobile is a legendary image processing tool. While it may not have all the features of the desktop version, Photoshop mobile still offers plenty of tools and capabilities for photo editing on the go. Therefore, for people who understand this, it can become an assistant.
Of course, professional designers often use more powerful programs and work on powerful computers. However, if you’re looking for ways to improve your skills or want to try something new, starting with an easily accessible mobile app can be a great choice. Yes, you won’t become a graphic design master simply by using apps on your smartphone, but it’s a good first step to expanding your creativity.
Immersion in the literary world through hearing
Although I love reading printed books, given the fast pace of modern life, unfortunately, I rarely have free time for this pleasure. Despite this, I try to make time for reading, because it is also an incredible development. Naturally, it is possible to read e-books. I like the UABooks resource. On the website, books are conveniently distributed by genre and author, as well as separately collected books with translation into Ukrainian. This can also become an additional source of language improvement.
But the real discovery for me was audiobooks. They make it possible to enjoy literature when reading a text becomes inconvenient: on the road, during household chores, or right before bed. When it comes to platforms where I listen to audiobooks, Megogo is a real find. There is a wide selection of quality recordings here and you can always find something interesting to suit your taste.
I usually perceive information better by reading it, but audiobooks have helped me learn to comprehend literature by ear. Now I can immerse myself in fascinating stories not only with my eyes, but also with my ears. I recommend everyone to try this format at least once – perhaps you, too, will fall in love with “reading with your ears.”
Work organization and training
A modern smartphone is more than just a device for calls and social networks. Consider using its reminder feature: take 15 minutes every day to educate yourself, let your phone “insist” on it.
To better organize your time, I’ll mention scheduler apps. Trello and Notion are ideal tools for managing school and work projects, as well as for balancing work, learning and personal life.
When actively using a smartphone for learning, do not forget about your physical and mental health. Adjust your screen brightness to suit your surroundings, turn on Do Not Disturb mode during focused study periods, and make sure you have rest periods.
To summarize, I want to emphasize: today a smartphone is a powerful tool for self-education and development. Use it to your advantage!