How to supercharge the way you learn

As we near exams and we see the stress mounting in our students as they try to cram information into their brains, perhaps suggesting some of these tools to them might help? Scientists from all over the world entered a competition to try and find the most effective study techniques in order to memorize 80 words. Oh and did I mention the words were in  Lithuanian?

From the “mind palace” made popular by BBC’s Sherlock (I can’t remember if that was in the original, but I doubt it. I seem to recall Sherlock believing that the mind comprised a finite place and real estate was valuable enough not to fill it up with inane facts like the earth is round…) to taking study breaks, to skipping around various topics like you’re in a buffet, I think there might be something for everyone!

What is the easiest way to study? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick… fast.

Source: www.bbc.com

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The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic

I am always on my children to get up and move around while they are studying.I have also been known to use an app that reminds me to take a break by shutting down my computer for five minutes.

Here are 5 apps your students might find helpful. The only two apps ]that you get on the app store are Sworkit: There is a lite version, but the Pro version is only $2.29. It provides you wilt a variety of work out from yoga, to cardio when you  don’t have time to go to the gym. And Vocabology: Also $2.29. Helps build vocabulary (it actually looks like a lot of fun…)

Study Buddy and StudyRoom are web-based, but work on the iPad. The former is a free tutoring service fro math and science. The latter is a place where study groups can get organized.

The only one that doesn’t work on the iPad is the open source, SelfControl, which you can program to block certain sites or mail serves for a certain period of time while you try to concentrate!

Check out the article though- it gives a way better summary than I just did.

It’s not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram & Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Nice Message from the Flashcardlet people about Collaborative Flashcard Making!

I received this message in my inbox this morning and thought I would share it with you:

It looks like you told us that you were a teacher when you signed up for Brainscape the other day. If you’re planning on using Brainscape in your class, let us help you and your students get the most of the experience!

But wait a minute… I thought I was using flashcardlet… I guess the two are connected…

Brainscape: Free

Brainscape: Free

The first thing you’ll want to do is create a Subject on Brainscape’s website. Your Subject will serve as the online workspace that all of your students will eventually share. To create your Subject, simply click the “Create” button on the left side of your Library screen, and name the subject with the name of your class. The class should then show up in your list of subjects in the left column.

Okay. So I did this on my desktop. This is how it looked:

Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 8.16.56 AMI am going to use the Tweflth Night again as my subject.

But wait….Can I create, edit and share my flashcards on the iPad? Let us see…

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Okay. I downloaded the Brainscape app and yes, we can add subjects on the iPad\ as well as edit them:

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The second step is to share the Subject with your students. Just click on the drop-down menu (or “people” icon) for your selected Subject, and you’ll be able to either retrieve the URL or type in your students’ email addresses one at a time. We recommend just posting the URL on your class website so that your students can access your subject (and sign up to it) on their own, at any time.

 

Okay. So this is where the functionality on the iPad does not live up to that of the desktop. You can only send a read-only link to your students on the iPad – they will not be able to modify the cards or add their own. But you can still add contacts manually:

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The third step is to create the flashcards. The way to do this depends on whether you want to create flashcards for your class, or whether you want your students to collaboratively create the flashcards.

  1. If you want to create the flashcards yourself, simply click “create” (in the center part of the Library screen for your selected Subject), and name your first deck (e.g. “Chapter 1”). Follow the instructions to create as many decks/chapters you want your students to study.
  2. If you want your students to create flashcards, then it often works best to divide responsibilities among your students. e.g. “Jeff and Kelly, you create the Chapter 1 deck. Kyle and Nichole, you create the Chapter 2 deck,” etc. Because you’re sharing the Subject, you’ll be able to watch the deck & flashcard creation happen in real time!

Here is a sample card- they are as easy as flashcardlet to create!

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Finally, once your students start studying, you’ll be able to track students’ Mastery and study habits by clicking the “View/Manage Learners” button in the right column of your Library screen. This data should be up-to-date whether your students are studying on their computer, iPhone, or iPad! You can find more detail on these types of teacher experiences by checking out our Teacher Page. Also, if you ever find a premium subject on Brainscape’smarketplace that you want your entire class to use, please contact us to purchase a class license. Please let us know if you have any more questions about setting your class up with Brainscape. We’re here to help!

This part you only seem to be able to do on the desktop:

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I like the very clear directions Brainscape gives you for how the cards work:

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This could be really useful in those classes where you want students to begin building a collaborative study aid… In fact, I know a teacher who was trying to do just that – I think I will track her down and show her Brainscape!

Exam Time is Nigh: Time to Make Your Flashcards!

Flashcardlet: Free

Flashcardlet: Free

If you have students who study well with flashcards, you might want to suggest the free app Flashcardlet.  It allows you to make your own flashcards that will display nicely on the iPad, import other people’s flashcards from Quizlet as well as make many decks:

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Creating a deck and flashcards is very simple and easy:

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The study mode gives you a lot of options:

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This is how the cards look when you study:

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To see the answer, you simply have to tap the card:

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You can view all the cards in your library:

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Although the  promo images on the itunes site makes it look like you can add photos to your flashcards, I think it is only if you create your cards on a desktop using quizlet and then download them. There was no way to add images via the iPad app that I could see, something I hope the good people at Brainscape will fix.

Still, I like this idea for studying as the student must input their own material. They need to write the questions as well as the answers which I always feel is half of studying right there…

Check it out and let me know what you think- I am fairly certain you will put it to better use than me…