Remember those flash cards that we used to use as kids to quiz ourselves and our friends before a big test? I do too. And apparently that makes us old. All that time we used to spend writing the question on one side of the card and the answer on the other can now be used for actual studying. Crazy, right? Not when you are using the program StudyX. It is billed as “The Next Generation of Studying,” and it lives up to the motto.
StudyX offers a free thirty-day trial. I signed up for the trial and then downloaded the program. The installation is very simple and the program walks you through it. The cost of the program, after the free trial, is $39.99. Considering all of the information you get, this is a good value. Plus, once you purchase the program it is yours – no paid upgrades. You are able to access all of the study materials (there are over 30 million files you can download) forever, and you can install on up to three computers.
Once you get started, the program is fairly easy to use. You search for a topic (I looked for world capitals quizzes) and then select the one that you want to try. There are multiple quizzes for many of the topics, so choose one that fits the information you are studying. This is the one caveat I have to mention for StudyX; many of the quizzes are user generated, so they may have information for a specific teacher’s class, or quiz users on just a subset of information. The search box has a preview pane that allows you to see the contents of the quiz; make sure you review to make sure the quiz matches the information that you need to study.
StudyX contains quizzes for students in elementary school all the way up to graduate school. I had Riley check out the state capitals quizzes, and she really enjoyed them. The program allows you to study in many different ways. You can choose multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, or you can play one of seven games, including hangman, trivia, or a maze that only allows you to go through doors in the maze when you get a question right. It does a good job of presenting materials in a fun manner which allows students to retain the information longer.
One fun feature of the program is the ability to set up questions to come up as your student is doing other things on the computer. As a parent you can set the timer so that every few minutes a new question will come up as your child is playing a game outside of StudyX. In order to continue playing the game the student needs to answer a question correctly. There is also a password override.
I recommend StudyX for anyone with a student who needs to study for tests and quizzes. The materials are presented at many different levels and difficulties. The ability to repeat questions that are missed until the student feels comfortable with the materials is a big plus – and I don’t need to sit with my daughter with a stack of index cards until we both glaze over!