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The app that turns your kid’s smartphone into a study group

study blue app

If you’re like me, you’re likely often trying to limit your kid’s smartphone time (especially since the debut of Pokémon Go). But here’s one way to take advantage of that same small-screen obsession.

StudyBlue is a crowdsourced learning platform that allows high school and college students to create their own on-the-go study materials and also borrow from and share with others who’ve taken the same classes all over the world.

StudyBlue Study App

It’s like high-tech flashcards, study guides, and a massive peer study group all in one. For instance, a teenager in AP English can pull up notes and flashcards created by past students or create their own, and college materials get as specific as syllabi and notes from exact courses at different universities. Overall, StudyBlue says it’s home to more than 250 million pieces of user-generated study material. (Of course, there’s a lot of material of varying quality levels since it’s crowdsourced, so students have to be discerning about what they use.)

In the end, it’s a brilliant app even just for the create-your-own mobile flashcards feature. In one internal review of data, StudyBlue found that users study 40 more minutes each week since they can study all over the place—while commuting, waiting in line, and exercising, for example.

For that, I’d give it an A+.

Would your kids benefit from StudyBlue or do they use other mobile study apps? Share with me in the comments!

2 comments on “The app that turns your kid’s smartphone into a study group”

    1. Hey Stephanie! Quizlet is great too… some of the differences I’m aware of are that Quizlet’s free version doesn’t let you upload your own images (so you’d have to upgrade if you’re studying art, for example), while studyblue’s free version has ads. I think Studyblue makes flash cards a bit easier to share among friends, but Quizlet is very user friendly and just fine if you’re studying alone. Hope that’s helpful!

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