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Study apps for accounting students

These apps make it easy to quiz yourself or learn accounting terms.

We’ve come a long way from paper notes and flash cards. Now a multitude of apps exist to help you study right on your phone.

“Books are bulky and apps can get you more info quickly, and are so much easier and more accessible to students,” said Luciana Moreno, a senior accounting major at California State University, Northridge.

What’s more, many of these apps are free, and downloadable via the Apple or Google app stores.

Here are some apps recommended by accounting students and faculty, some of which you can use to study for any of your classes. (Editor’s note: As always, be mindful of privacy and data security issues before you download or use any app.)


Quizlet. This popular and free flashcard-based app is used by more than 30 million students and teachers each month, according to Quizlet Inc.'s website. “My all-time favorite app is Quizlet,” Moreno said. “I love it and use it all the time.”

Quizlet lets you create your own quizzes to help you memorize key material, and even share these quizzes with others. “I use Quizlet for my accounting class and science class, and it allows me to put in my own definitions,” said Andrew Everson, a junior accounting major at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Quizlet also offers Quizlet Plus, an upgraded version that lets you make voice recordings, create advanced diagrams, or add images to your study sets, for $1.67 a month, or $19.99 annually.

For iOs and Android; available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

ACE. Also known as Accounting Challenge, ACE is a free mobile learning app that gives students “multiple-choice questions in a beautiful format, where they can brush up on terminology,” noted Ludmila Krylova, CPA, a lecturer in the department of accounting at Texas State University–San Marcos. It can help you memorize accounting terms by giving you 100 seconds to answer a series of questions, Krylova said. You receive points for answering the most questions correctly, and you can compete with other app users or try to best your own times by posting your scores to a leaderboard.

ACE, which is in English, was created by academics at the School of Accountancy at Singapore Management University, and is especially helpful for first-year students. According to ACE’s website, the app has registered more than 30,000 downloads worldwide.

For iOs and Android; available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Accounting Boot Camp. This free app can help you prepare for first-year accounting exams. It focuses on accounting fundamentals like debits, credits, assets, and liabilities.

Once you’re able to answer most of the questions, you advance to the next level, where topics become more challenging. “This app is great for repetitive learning and understanding the basic terminology used in accounting,” said Everson, who used it early in his college career.

For iOs; available at the Apple App Store.

Chegg Study App. Offered by textbook provider Chegg Inc., this app helps students get unstuck when they are at a standstill with a particular problem. The app allows users access to a multitude of step-by-step solutions on a variety of subjects, including accounting and calculus. Students can also contact Chegg experts around the clock. Though it’s free to download the Chegg Study app, it costs $14.99 a month to use its features.

Finance and accounting major Anthony Schulz, a senior at Loyola University Maryland, said, “I use Chegg as a last resort if I can’t figure out something. It is absolutely worth it, and not just for my accounting class. I use it for all of my business classes.”

For iOs and Android; available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.


By Cheryl Meyer

Cheryl Meyer is a California-based freelance writer. To comment on this article or to suggest an idea for another article, contact Courtney Vien, senior editor of newsletters at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.


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