The learning process doesn’t stop when you graduate from school. Voracious lifelong learning not only makes you more knowledgeable, but it can also help you stave off memory problems in old age like Alzheimer’s. Challenging and exercising the biggest muscle in your body—the brain—has long and short term benefits. Even if you are not an avid information sponge, some general knowledge could help you present yourself better at work or in your personal life. Why not impress a friend with your knowledge about southern Australian crabs?
You may like picking up little tidbits of information. Or you might want to expand what you already know about a subject. In any case, here is a list of top Apple apps that will help you learn something new everyday:
Jeopardy! World Tour
This trivia app game is based on the classic American TV show (which also has an Australia version that’s had quite a successful run). This iOS app might make the trivia game actually fun for you. You can play the game solo, compete with other players going toe to toe, or challenge friends.
The app follows the same format as the TV show. But players can choose between different subject categories and difficulty levels. In this sense, it’s very much like a game. There are even power-ups available to boost your chance of winning. The solo play mode is available offline.
All in all, this app is fun, competitive, and totally addictive. You can be assured that you will learn plenty of new things playing Jeopardy! World Tour on your iPhone.
Imagine getting through “the Wealth of Nations” in just 15 minutes. That’s exactly what Blinkist can help you do. This iOS app is the answer to the desperate prayers of university assignment writers who never had time to get through a book to write their report.
Blinkist has thousands of nonfiction (read: super heavy) books with summaries of key points. You can browse through these information-dense summaries in approximately 15 minutes. It’s equivalent to watching a movie to learn about the book. Blinkist would be very useful for students. Getting the supplemental reading done on time has never been easier.
The app has a listening function if you are really not into reading. There are some 7 million plus users of the app so far. The app has books available from a wide variety of genres. However, some specialty fields—like petrochemical engineering—might not be available.
QuizUp is a colorful app that lets users play trivia games. Unlike Jeopardy! mentioned above, this app follows a more traditional trivia format. It’s like doing pop-up quizzes at school, except it’s more fun to play. Each question pops up with a picture. Guessing can be tough, and the game is very competitive.
Unlike most quizzing apps, this has a major social element. You can play against friends and also chat with friends in-app. It’s more focused more on the fun factor than the competition. You can even casually play QuizUp. You would definitely learn something new playing this game every day.
This app from the world’s premier professional social networking site is unsurprisingly aimed at working adults. The app is neatly polished to appeal to and be convenient for busy professionals on the go. Want to learn top productivity tips while in transit to a meeting? This app might help you do that.
The learning material on this app consists of short videos lasting no more than 5 minutes. You may get access to short articles as well. Topics focus on work-related topics like efficiency, better organization, gaining confidence and so on. It’s got the type of information that will help you become a better employee.
Broaden your cultural understanding with this app, which is specifically designed to match the daily learning mode. The app features a celebrated work of art every day, with an easily digestible information slide. After a month of using this, you will be able to tell the difference between a Rembrandt and a Renoir.
DailyArt features artistic works from a number of different eras. This would be perfect for impressing your dinner guests. The art and the information presented might even help you complete art history assignment essays at university. The app would be a stepping stone towards becoming an armchair art historian if nothing else.
They say the best way to master a second language is to learn a new word in the language every day. Duolingo has flashcard descriptions, multiple choice questions, and in-lesson grading to help you master a second or third language. The app supports learning dozens of new languages from around the world. There are even unusual picks here, like High Valyrian and Klingon that you won’t learn with conventional curriculums. The app actually makes learning a difficult language like German fun.
Having at least one of the above apps on your iPhone would make you (at least slightly) a smarter person. You can scroll through the list again and pick an app that matches your interests and budget.
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