Whether you’re a high school student studying for a test, a college senior cramming for your last exam, or an entrepreneur taking an online class to improve your leadership skills, online learning tools can become your best friend. Not only are they easy to use, but are also increasingly accessible and decidedly a leap into the future of education. Here are 5 such tools to keep on your radar.
Many of us are familiar with the beauty of online flashcards through Quizlet or StudyStack (fantastic classics that everyone should have bookmarked!), but Anki takes the undeniable efficiency of flashcards to the next level by making them ‘intelligent’. Using spaced repetition software (SRS), Anki can predict what you already know and what you still need to learn, which lets it present only the information you still need to learn when you need to learn it. So it pretty much organizes your brain for you – pretty cool and kind of scary (in a cool way).
If that isn’t enough, Anki is also highly customizable and controllable due to an open code and storage format. Plus, you can download the app and study on the go (if you’re that hard core about it) or access the software online to prep from a different computer. Conclusion: Click on this link. Stat.
Memrise is more of a tool to help you hone your mind and thought process than to help you study for a particular class. Think Karate Kid: “Wax on, wax off.” Before you know it, you’ll be kicking butt on all your tests and projects (waxing rag in hand).
Memrise is the epitome of the gamification of learning. You can learn the basics of languages, history, science, and trivia all while earning points and competing with other users. It may not be the perfect tool to help you understand Organic Chemistry, but its definitely a solid summer tool to prepare for your upcoming class. Conclusion: Check this out during your next study break!
Remembering a complex equation from your advanced calculus class, all the instructions your boss just gave you while you were drooling over your amazing chocolate cake from lunch, and the recipe for said chocolate cake can get complicated. Evernote has your back with its family of apps that will help you stay organized.
Saving pictures, notes, screenshots, multimedia links, and documents in one place is the best way to make sure everything gets done, and Evernote makes it easy with a simple interface and myriad of features. Conclusion: Watch these videos. The background music sounds kind of like a Michael Buble song…and they’ll convince you to give the app a try!
Best thing about Feedly – it makes you sound smarter than you really are. Just set up a few notifications for subject areas you want to know about and wait for Feedly to update you on the newest published material. Next, just read, process, and voila! You know about the new big thing before your non-Feedly-er interviewer or classmate and get to sound well connected and…well…smart.
Plus, its really easy to use. You literally go to the website or download the app, pick a few websites and blogs, and start reading. The only real effort you have to put in is to scan a few lines of words and process them. Conclusion: Unless you look into the Mirror of Erised and see nothing but yourself and your awesomeness, go here and pick a square.
This one is the ultimate learning tool. You can make mind maps and flashcards, take quizzes, and make notes. The awesome part is that you can literally learn anything! On my first visit to the homepage, the first thing I saw was a Breaking Bad quiz. The second was a set of beastly chemistry notes.
If the founders of Quizlet, Evernote, a couple MOOC platforms, Google docs, and YouTube were locked in a room, they would probably come out pitching something like Examtime. Conclusion: Give it a try! Worst case scenario, you can brush up on some trivia.