Posts in Learning
Memory aid

Tiny Cards is a free smartphone app that lets you make spaced repetition flashcards to help you learn languages, history facts, the elements, constellations, or anything else. I’m using it to help me with my Japanese vocabulary. — MF

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Learning videos for kids

The website The Kid Should See This gathers the best short videos that explain how the world works. Subjects includes nature, science, technology, art, and politics. So far they have collected 2,600 videos that “are not made for kids, but are perfect for them.” The videos are really great for any do-it-yourselfer, and for any life-long learner. In fact, the site might be called “The Adults Should See This.” — KK

LearningClaudia Dawson
The Learning Toolbox

The Learning Toolbox website has a bunch of useful tips for getting the most out of studying. It was created for students with “mild disabilities,” but I think it’s useful for all students and non-students too. As someone who gets distracted easily, I appreciated the tips on how to focus on lectures and while reading. — MF

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Better test scores

For high-schoolers: The Khan Academy, the premier free online classroom, will tailor an SAT study course to your personal abilities based on your PSAT scores. They claim to be able to increase scores by 115 points. Sign up at Khan Academy, give PSAT permission to share your completed test, and Khan will create a free course designed for you personally. It will focus on your weak areas. BTW, they found that students who study together learn 2.5x as much as those who study alone. — KK

LearningClaudia Dawson
Kanji tutor

In the last six months I’ve learned over 500 kanji characters and Japanese vocabulary words using WaniKani, a “spaced repetition system” flashcard website. The first 3 levels are free, after that you can pay by the year or buy a lifetime account. (Disclosure, my wife used to work at WaniKani’s parent company). — MF

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