Getting students to prepare for exams–There’s an app for that!

We all know that students are notoriously bad at preparing for exams.  Pearson (owners of the Edexcel exam board) think they have a solution – an app (for Apple devices).

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

From launching the app with the ‘My Exams’ icon, you come the my exams page where you enter the dates and subjects of any exams coming up.  You can also post how you feel about the exam (e.g. I am confident, I am busy revising) and also post a message about your exam to your Facebook page.  Once you have entered your exams, you are given a list of exams in date order, with a countdown for each.  Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much more to this section – I would have liked to see the ‘to do’ list as a separate tab in the application, perhaps collating the lists from all exams.

The app also has a section for useful and quite detailed study tips, like the importance of having a plan.  Whilst the app will only appeal to those students that are already preparing for exams (with an Apple device), it is another tool in their arsenal to help them succeed.  Search the Apple App store for ‘Exam Countdown’ – it’s a free download.

Now if only there was an app for willpower…

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Published by Rob Butler

Ex-science teacher, ex-school leader and full-time geek.

One reply on “Getting students to prepare for exams–There’s an app for that!”

  1. I didn’t think it would be long! Sadly, I don’t really think it matters. As your last sentence suggests, the issue is with the students, rather than the opportunities for revision. Like I remember being told by technical support years back, 90% of computer problems are situated between the chair and the keyboard.

    I really hoped that offering my students structured powerpoints they could finish, then export to their phones as jpeg slideshows, would help them revise. I don’t think a single one used the idea. So it goes…

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