While it’s been many years since I sat in a classroom, it’s pretty much impossible to forget the hundreds of hours spent taking notes, scribbling away, usually covering half of the page with doodles. (I’m an incessant doodler and one time convinced a student teacher that I “couldn’t focus” unless I was drawing full portraits with my pastels I carried everywhere.)
I filled hundreds of notebooks in the course of my K through BA education, killing so many trees that I’m surprised I didn’t hear loggers cheering from all the way up in Canada. However, studious kids, teenagers, and college students these days don’t have to destroy the environment (as much) in their quest to remember all of the things because there are online note taking apps like Classmint.
No notebooks, you say? No pens?
Classmint has based their system on research proven techniques like Cornell Notes, old school flashcards, active recall, and repetition of study notes. You can access it on your web browser which, in it’s own way, is almost as old school as my paper and pens. (Mobile first, amirite? Don’t worry; they’re working on the iOs app as we speak.) You can also check it out on your iPad, which is kind of like the 21st Century version of a notebook.
But how does it work?
When you create a “notecard,” add the subject or class and Classmint will automatically put it in a folder for you. That means Classmint is already way better than my system of sort of organizing notes for the first week of school and then it all quickly devolving into a huge mess.
Classmint also makes separate study lists for you, making sure that you actually go back to those notes you took. The service lets you “fold” the note card over when you’re trying to recall something, just like you’d do with a paper notecard.
Not just for students.
Teachers can use Classmint too, adding annotations to notes so that their students can get a deeper understanding of the subject matter. While a lot of the features of Classmint are similar to traditional notecards, this is one way that Classmint is definitely different and arguably better than the old school methods.
Other features include photo annotation and audio flashcards for students who learn best by listening,
Best of all:
It’s free! Well, they use a freemium model and they’re committed to keeping the site free to use and ad-free for all time. Teachers and students should give it a look and see if maybe you can start saving some trees too!