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How Google Glass could transform education (and Brainscape)

By , 5/10/2013 at 8:20 am

google glass education brainscapeFor weeks now, tech news pundits have been speculating about all the possible uses of Google Glass in the real world.  Topping the list seem to be (1) utility apps such as text messaging, video, and navigation; (2) novelty apps such as games and ‘hangouts; and (3) career-focused apps such as for firefighters, carpenters, and surgeons.  What few people have been discussing is how heads-up displays (HUDs) such as Glass might end up fundamentally changing the way we learn.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic for the past several months – especially as it relates to Brainscape.  While I’m still not convinced that we will soon live in a world where everyone is walking around with a computer on their face, I do see three major ways in which students could use Glass for education: (more…)

Brainscape Takes 6 of the Top 10 Spots in the App Store’s Free Education Apps Chart

By , 5/9/2013 at 5:49 pm

top 3 of 4 apps in education are brainscapeCheck out this screenshot of the App Store last night. Not only is Brainscape’s Learn Spanish App the #1 free educational app in the App Store– 5 of our other apps rose to the Top 10, making up the majority of the top free educational apps. Couldn’t be prouder!

Here at Brainscape HQ, we’ve been working really hard: improving the app, releasing new subjects, and changing our look. We’re glad to know that hard work pays off and just wanted to share.

Hopefully this is the path we’ll be on for the foreseeable future. We still have high hopes for the main Brainscape App (and you should all go download it and sync to your Brainscape accounts!) and will continue to work even harder to make Brainscape the best learning platform in the world.

Thank YOU for helping make us a success.

Optimize Your Body and Brain for Finals

By , at 12:55 pm

You may think your planned-down-to-the-second study schedule and a 4-pack of energy drink are all you need to ace your finals, but have you considered how you can optimize your body just as well? In fact, if you’re not preparing your body for final exams, your brain isn’t going to perform as well as it should!

To get your body and mind on the right path to optimized final exam performance, here are three things you can start doing NOW: (more…)

Why every startup should be using Trello for project management

By , at 11:10 am

Having come from the worlds of Consulting and Fortune 500 companies, many startup founders have a tough time adopting an agile product management style.  I certainly did when I founded Brainscape a few years ago.  I was so accustomed to clean, hierarchical, long-term plans in Microsoft Project, that I would become dismayed every time my 6-month “plan” would get derailed by new business circumstances.

All this changed when I discovered Trello(more…)

Do you know how much your students actually study?

By , 5/8/2013 at 12:00 pm

As educators, it’s not our job to spoon-feed knowledge into students’ brains. Instead, contrary to the traditional “lecture” model, our job is to help students learn how to become better learners themselves.  Motivating students to study class materials outside of class (rather than just relying on lectures) allows us to focus valuable class time on collaborative, project-based learning, while helping students become more self-driven learners for the rest of their lives.

So how can you really tell if a student has spent significant time studying outside of class?  Here are a few strategies: (more…)

Exam Time Stress? Let’s Manage It!

By , 5/7/2013 at 6:22 pm

The nearer a deadline looms or the closer we get to the date of an important exam (finals week, anyone?), the higher our stress levels rise. Instead of channeling this stress into any kind of productivity, we often only stress more by worrying about possible failure. Not what we need.

There are many tips and tricks out there to help you increase your productivity, learn more efficiently and manage your time. Some can prove successful once you find out what suits your needs and your situation. However, no method will ever help in the long run if you are stressed out while working.

Step 1 towards creating an ideal environment for effective learning should therefore always be detecting and eliminating stress factors. (more…)

AP Exam Prep: Expert Reviewers & Teacher Advisers Needed

By , 3/26/2013 at 12:58 pm

As a student or teacher using our platform, you may already know that Brainscape has some great new content / apps available for the coming AP exams.  What you may not know is that we’re looking for your expert help as we work to complete other AP subjects and enhance existing ones quickly before May!

While  no review book or app can replace a year of solid effort in your AP class (even ours that we are very proud of!), we can be a great supplement to students’ final preparation for the exam.  And expert eyes from the best AP teachers and students will help us make some final adjustments to our content before test day.  If you think you could help — or just want to try a free demo of our content, read on! (more…)

What’s New, Brainscape? Lots of New & Updated Subjects!

By , 3/25/2013 at 8:08 am

new Brainscape subjectsSPRING IS HERE! At Brainscape we’re celebrating the Spring Equinox with an update to the Brainscape App and NEW Brainscape subjects. We’ve also updated some of our existing subjects, so take a look below to see what we’ve just released and what’s about to hit the shelves… (more…)

What is the best time of day to use Brainscape?

By , 3/22/2013 at 3:21 pm

According to Brainscape’s recent data, it appears that our millions of users tend to study with roughly equal frequency at various times throughout the day.  Some study when they wake up in the morning. Some study on their commutes.  Some study while watching TV after dinner.  And – if Brainscape users are like most smart phone users – some probably study on the toilet as well.

But is there a time of day where our Brainscape study sessions are most likely to be effective?  A recent study in the journal Public Library of Science One may have found the answer to this question. (more…)

How to Control Your Dreams [Infographic]

By , 1/23/2013 at 11:05 am

Sleep and dreaming are two topics we love to discuss on the Brainscape blog. We know that sleep is important for consolidating learning, and, in particular, dreaming’s role in learning in memory is huge. I also know that a great dream is sometimes the most fun I can have all day. So, why not learn how to control our dreams? This phenomenon is known as lucid dreaming, and we’d love to learn how to do it.

Some folks put together a little infographic with tips for learning how to control your dreams. (more…)

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