Editor’s Note: As of January, 2012, StudyBlue has decided to remove this app from Facebook. Updates to Facebook’s NewsFeed publishing algorithm, which make it more difficult for apps to publish on a users behalf, has made the potential value of this app to students negligible. Thank you to our friends who supported this app through blog posts to help spread the word.
Most students regard Facebook as a Death Star of distraction. StudyBlue believes we can leverage Facebook, and your actual friends, to make you smarter, and – equally important – to actually have fun learning. For example, our Facebook fan page is liked by over 23,000 students who discuss their study habits, post photos of their study coves, provide feedback on StudyBlue and share empowering stories of academic achievement.
It is for these students (and their distracted friends, of course) that StudyBlue has created Friends with Brainefits, a Facebook application that helps students keep studying top of mind by encouraging their friends to help them never forget key concepts and vocabulary.
Friends with Brainefits allows students from middle school to medical school to pick one of 30 subjects they need to study or prep for a test. Subjects range from the ACT, SAT and AP tests to foreign languages and even the MCAT. Friends with Brainefits then posts key terms to the student’s news feed for friends to comment on. Ideally, the comments help the student remember the term.
We can’t guarantee the terms will show up on actual tests. But we do guarantee that “we” is always smarter than “me” and that we’ll never stop finding ways to make students more efficient and study sessions more effective.