Just recently I highlighted a very good Mac, iPhone, and iPad app for students to organize their classes, assignments, work projects and homework. It’s called iHomework; a useful app for students in middle school through college.
Today I highlight another Mac, iPhone, and iPad app that helps students to learn the old fashioned way. Think flash cards. We’ve all used them and they’re a time honored way to learn vocabulary, a new language, and improve skills where the learning process is as much brute force as it is technique. This one is called Studies and it does what you think it does.
Studies lets student or anyone interested in learning specific information as quickly as possible to create study notes– again, think flash cards– which can contain text, images, audio, and video clips. It works with Quizlet.com so there are thousands of pre-made notes ready to use.
Studies works simply enough but there are plenty of options to expand how it gets used.
Studies’ study notes are where you begin to create your own flash cards for whatever subject material is required, though I recommend a look at Quizlet.com so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
You’ll find learning scheduled that make learning information more efficient. Set up a schedule, set a goal– long term works, but so does cramming for an upcoming test– and Studies will make the notes (flash cards) that are due for each study day.
The study sessions make it easier to digest new material and you can be graded as you study the notes (flash cards) so you know how much progress you’re making.
That means Studies creates learning statistics so you can measure progress. It even includes predictions so you can see how far you’ve advanced over a time period and how much you time you may need to master a subject.
Even better, Studies uses iCloud to sync study material between devices; other Macs, iPad, and even iPhone. That means your study sessions do not need to be wedded to the Mac and you can take them on your iPhone or iPad to be used wherever you go, sans Mac.
Increasingly I look to new apps to be multi-platform; Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and Studies works because many students– even in middle school– are blessed with iPhones or iPads (and, sometimes all three, including a Mac) so there really isn’t much excuse for learning vocabulary, math drills, history, a language, or any other subject that requires a little old fashioned drill, but with modern digital tools.
The Mac version isn’t free, but priced about right considering it can be used on multiple Macs with a single account, but the iPhone and iPad versions are free.