Some of us often run into some group work when studying. Yes, this means you need to work with others. But at times, it can be hard to communicate with your friends or classmates so having the right tools when you’re faced with group work can help a great deal.
In this day and age, communicating online has become second nature to most of us, and this isn’t limited to just chatting with friends and family. Now, you can also do group work online. Whether you meet with your group in the classroom or communicate digitally, here are 5 useful tools to help you in your group studies. With these tools, you no longer have to go into the hassle of inviting your friends over or go to a friend’s house to study, and you can use them in your daily studies, as well!
ExamTime is a nice web app that provides a conducive learning environment for students and teachers. It allows you to create, construct, share and discover learning resources, as well as assists you in creating study groups for sharing, collaborating, and discussing ideas with other students studying the same materials. Other key features include creating Mind Maps and Flashcards so you can create your own notes and take quizzes to see how you’re doing. Another unique and useful feature is that ExamTime enables you to create your own study plan using the Study Planner feature. It can help students keep their proper pace while they’re studying, as well as helps boost motivation.
Signing up with ExamTime is easy. Just use your email address or link your Facebook account to it, and you’re good to go. It’s important that you complete your user profile information as it will help you search for content that will interest you.
Since ExamTime is a web app, you can use it on a browser, although you won’t be able to access it through another app. It comes with free tools, and they also have some premium plans to help you maximize your ExamTime experience.
STUDYBLUE is a free flashcard-based service for students to learn collaboratively online. It allows you to create and share your own flashcards related to a particular topic or subject. One such feature under the tab ‘Study Tools’ is the ability to create and customize your own flashcards using images, audio or text. It comes with various study modes, and you can even complete self-assessments through quizzes. You can also review work sheets and flashcards, as well as create study guides by including flashcards for a particular topic or subject, which will be automatically updated every time new flashcards are added.
Educators can also benefit from this service, as they can create their own virtual classes and add students to these classes; allowing them to keep track of their students. Students themselves can store and organize their notes, flashcards, and other items in their own digital backpack.
STUDYBLUE can easily be synced with Evernote, as well. Since its launch, it’s been used by over 4.5 million people and more than 200 million pieces of content have been shared by members. To register, just use your email address or link your Facebook or Google+ address to STUDYBLUE.
OpenStudy is a free community of groups created by students from all across the globe. It allows its members to get live help for their homework or class tests from other members who are studying the same thing. By answering questions other members may have, you can earn credentials, which can lead to you becoming an OpenStudy Ambassador. Any member can create a group related to a particular topic or subject and invite others who are studying the same thing to join in.
You can sign up using your email address or by linking your Facebook account. However, even those who aren’t registered can view the content (questions and answers) posted on the OpenStudy groups. However, you can’t post a question without registering.
Currently, there are 1 million students and 190 active study groups from 160 different countries registered in the OpenStudy community. If you’re concerned about how fast you’ll get answers to your query, don’t worry because this service claims that around 75% questions are answered within 5 minutes.
Wiggio is one of the most user-friendly web-based tools for working in groups. At present, it’s been used by more than 100,000 groups and has 1.1 million users from across the globe. Groups range from Academic Groups and Social Groups to Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations. Some of its key features include mass messaging (via email, voice mail or SMS), file sharing, scheduling, editing, conference calling, polling, project management, and video conferencing, among others. It will really come in handy for groups of students who are working on a semester project.
Creating a group is easy. Just enter a group name, password, and the purpose of the group. Once you create a group, you can then add members using their email address to send an invitation, by sharing the link of the group with your potential members or by choosing them from your Facebook contacts list and inviting them.
To sign up for a Wiggio account, just enter your email address or link through your Facebook account. It’s a free-to-use service, but it offers some advanced premium features to optimize your experience.
Last but definitely not the least is ThinkBinder, another useful tool for students working in groups. With it, you can set up your own study group for free. It provides a focused and simple set of tools that allow you to work more efficiently.
Signing up for an account is free and once you have an account with them, you can participate in group discussions, which means being able to ask the groups questions. Other features include the ability to upload videos and photos, among other things. It also comes with a live chat system so you and your group mates can work on a problem together, along with the use of the Whiteboard feature. You can also organize your files and group calendar.
To register, just provide your email address or link your Facebook account to ThinkBinder. Take note, however, that you have to be at least 13 years old to register for an account.