Top FREE Apps for IGCSE Science

I've had a lot of fun this week testing out ipad apps (in the name of education, of course) and i've come up with my FREE favourites below.

1. Toca elements.

Want to burn, electrocute, freeze and spin various cute little element creatures to see what happens? Here's your app.

Although it won't teach ethics, you will learn some important lab equipment and how different elements respond to 'torture'.

There's no instructions as students are expected to learn through discovery. For those more literal, click here for instructions.

2. Periodic table quiz.

OK, so this really is what it says on the tin. A quiz. But, with appealing graphics and good design that's only a good thing if you're in the mood.

One of the major hurdles in chemistry is recognising individual elements amongst long formulas. If this sounds like you, try this alongside your studies.

3. Physics Lab AR.

Visually clear electronics lab in your pocket. With extra sections in astrophysics and

electromagnetism, this app does appear to have grand plans, so it's worth keeping an eye on. At the moment it really is one of the best electronics apps for students out there. Make and test out circuits, use real and symbol components, visualise in augmented reality and as circuit diagrams. At this stage, you can't beat it.

4. Orbit

Very calming visuals and audio accompany tasks to set various objects in to orbit.

This is one for the thoughtful, analytic mind and although won't directly feed IGCSE work in to your head, it will help you understand how orbital shape relates to distance etc.

One for before an exam or to just relax the mind on a stressful day.

5. Revision buddies - GCSE Biology

I know, you're (I)GCSE, but this is a very relevant app. Bunching together all you've learnt, questions are fed in bathces of 10, making for great revision no matter how many minutes you have spare. It's not completely free, but what is, is worth the download.

Even those few questions that aren't on the IGCSE syllabus are fairly easy to answer and will only extend your knowledge for the better. SWSS students, stick with Edexcel and start on 'Organisms and energy'.

6. Temple GCSE