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StudyBlue

By Sally Finley - Posted Sep 1, 2013
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Company: StudyBlue, 612 W. Main Street, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53703; Skype 608-441-1149; website: www.studyblue.com

Price: StudyBlue is free. An upgrade to SB Pro is available for $9 a month or $30 a year.

Audience: Middle, high, and college students. Teachers can set up or join their class on StudyBlue.

Format: StudyBlue is available on the web. The StudyBlue mobile app runs on iPhones, iPad touch, and Androids as an app. A homeschool option is available.

System Requirements: An internet connection is required for web access and use with a mobile app.

Description: StudyBlue is an online study tool for students offering flash cards, personalized quizzes, study reminders, study stats to measure mastery, and study filters to provide focus.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: An internet connection is required. Bookmarking the address provides quick access to the site. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The app allows users to search, create, and study flash cards and notes on their iPads using text, audio, and images. Study Filters personalize the process permitting students to restudy concepts not yet mastered. Study materials match specifically to the individual focusing on their classes, subjects being studied, and classmate connections. A Digital Backpack lets students store, study, share, and master course material working alone or with others. Cloud storage holds notes and personalized practice quizzes. SB Pro offers advanced features such as study reminders, the ability to hide cards already mastered, equation cards, downloads of shared materials, custom formatting, offline mode, advanced search, class study guides, reset stats, and no ads. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: An internet connection with a browser is the only requirement for use. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is provided on the website. A FAQ feature provides excellent support related to all aspects of the program. Feedback is encouraged through questions, new feature suggestions, reporting a problem, and positive comments. The user can visit a support community using specified guidelines. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: StudyBlue is an excellent tool for students providing them with a much-needed study resource that fits easily into their busy lifestyles. It can be used both online and offline. I especially liked the feature of being able to use this tool with mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads (iOS), and Androids.

The ability for students to create online flash cards is a definite advantage leading to greater productivity. Students can type faster than they can write, and it is much easier to add photos instead of pictures on both sides of their flash cards. Having more time to study will definitely help students improve their comprehension.

Although it can be used effectively at no cost, the advanced features of the upgrade and low monthly cost would greatly benefit each student. The upgrade is ad-free and offers many add-ons such as study reminders, a download feature for sharing, and an offline mode for use everywhere a student goes.

Teachers can use this tool to produce class study guides that are updated and delivered daily. A database is available for thousands of classes.

A homeschool option is available, and those in nontraditional school settings can request assistance to help them set up a customized program.

StudyBlue is a must-have app for students in secondary and college classrooms. Its ability to offer repetitions and reinforcements increases the familiarity of materials leading to increased student achievement. I especially like the opportunity for students to collaborate and share resources.

I highly recommend StudyBlue. It provides access whenever and wherever students study. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Email: sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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