Studying Online: The Two Websites You Need To Know About

It’s a couple of weeks into a new quarter and then it hits. The moment when your professor announces your first exam. Your hands start to clam up as you gaze at the wall with a blank face. Do you feel adequately prepared to take on a multiple-choice test or better yet, a short answer test? The minute you hear about an upcoming exam, it’s best you get right to it and hit the books.

When you arrive home you take out your notebook and textbook and begin the endless highlighting process. But studying doesn’t have to be that tedious or boring. In fact, you can take your studying to the World Wide Web. The following two websites are definitely ones to check out when prepping for your next midterm.

  • StudyBlue

Studying online has never been easier. Simply go to the StudyBlue website and take a look around. I assure you, you’ll love it. With this great website you can make your own flashcards, study guides and quizzes. Yes, that’s right. Your days of purchasing index cards from your local Target are over. You’ll no longer be the student carrying around a huge stack of index cards with the vocabulary you need to know.

Are you often forgetful? StudyBlue has you covered.

According to the StudyBlue website, you can “set a Study Reminder for any online flashcards or notes, and you’ll get a

text message when it’s time to study again — with a direct link to the material.”

You can even add photos as well as audio to your flashcards! That will definitely come in handy for those science exams.

With StudyBlue, you will be able to review your flashcards on their website or you can download the free mobile app for iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Android and take your flashcards on the go! Now that’s 21st century studying at its finest.

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  • Quizlet

Quizlet is another great website that will get you to say “goodbye” to those old-fashioned notecards, though a little different from StudyBlue.

It all began in 2005 when a 15-year-old high school student created Quizlet for himself in order to easily learn vocabulary.

According to the Quizlet website, its mission is “to build beautiful, simple software that helps students learn. Our bottom line is the difference we make in education.”

What I love most about Quizlet are the variety of study methods offered. Rather than just flipping through each flashcard, you can also match terms with their respective definitions and race to finish before your friends. You can even play “space race” that enables you to earn points by typing the correct word to the definition as the definitions leave the screen. In addition to all of this, you can take a quiz made up of all of your vocabulary words among other great study methods using your vocabulary terms. Who said college students were too old for games?

Another thing I love about Quizlet is the ability to share your flashcards with your classmates.

And if you don’t feel like creating your own set of flashcards, you can search all of Quizlet in hopes of finding the exact subject matter you were hoping to study. I’ve been lucky enough to find the correct chapter of vocabulary terms I’ve needed in the past, but I haven’t always been successful. But even creating my own set has helped me study.

Quizlet also gives you the ability of tracking your progress to see how you’re doing and go over what you’re getting wrong so you can correct those errors.

Don’t have your laptop or computer readily available? No worries! Visit quizlet.com on your phone to access the mobile version of Quizlet or download the iPhone app from the App Store.

With 17,957,892 study sets and 62,296,724 visitors in the last 12 months (according to the Quizlet website), this site is definitely on the rise.

While these websites may not guarantee you a perfect score on every test, if you are looking for new ways to study vocabulary and you utilize both websites, you’ll be doing a great deal of learning. So go on and get on the internet to study!

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Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja is a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news-editorial. At school, she can often be found in the Mustang Daily newsroom where she works as a copy editor. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
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