Study Blue initially comes across as a simple tool to keep track of your flash tools and access them from any location. However, it is more than that. Study Blue is loosely built around a social networking experience. Apart from basically providing the students with means to save and access quick notes and flashcards, users can dynamically access study material that have been made public by other users. It also prompts you when you need to study. This feature is limited to 30 prompts per month under the free application. The app also keeps track of the things you have learned and starts concentrating on areas that you may be struggling to cope.
Study Blue is a startup company that was created by Chris Klundt and Dave Sargent who studied at the University of Wisconsin. The site has been really popular ever since its creation in 2006. It was initially called The Class Connection. However, it was rechristened as StudyBlue in the year 2009. It initially began with just 25 university campuses. They currently have 18 employees working and have raised up to $6 million up to the 15th of October, 2010.
They have dedicated all round support which is not found with other applications of the same kind. The layout of the website is definitely an advantage that Study Blue has over other flash card apps. Also, Study Blue allows you to categorize and share your notes and flashcards by classes and courses. It also allows you access notes and flashcards that have been made public by other users. While it is built on a cloud computing format, it also offers offline support which makes it wholesome.
The flash environment is created really well, though there is room for improvement. The balloon menu for the sign in button for example can be a little off its intended position. The theme is elegant and neutral and not distracting, which is good. Although it is neatly laid out, it can be a little hard to get used to for people who are new to the concept. Their FAQ section helps in tackling issues that users may face from time to time and to their advantage, their dedicated team personally answers queries.
Users will have to register in order to access Study Blue. The registration process is pretty straightforward. Users need to provide First and Last names, an email address and a password and you are good to go. Apart from this, you can either sign up using your Facebook, Twitter or Evernote account.
The basic application is free of cost. However, if you want to upgrade, there are two options: the monthly upgrade costs $10 for a month while the annual upgrade costs $80. The single month upgrade is suitable for people who want to test the experience and are not completely sure of whether they will need the additional features. The annual plan is definitely a better option for long term users as it is cheaper by $40 in comparison to the monthly payment.
This application is ideal for school students who spend time online. However, it makes more sense for college going students given the syllabus and the variety in the subjects. It is a personal app with dedicated support. However, it is not a mainstream solution to studying and is only an aid.