It’s the same old story—the internet is simply too much of a distraction to your child’s studies and surfing time must be carefully regulated. However, as much as it’s widely believed to be a vice, there are certain elements of the world wide web that can aid people in their revision.
Specific apps and websites offer alternatives to pen-and-paper notes, and can sometimes be better for some children who work better with quizzes, maps, and audio notes. In light of this, here are a number of tools found online that parents can employ to support their children’s education and revision for the upcoming papers.
For Structured Charts: GoConqr
Those who understand drawings faster than words will enjoy GoConqr, where subjects can be broken down into mind maps and flowcharts. These diagrams will help one memorise the information at a quicker pace, and doing so online with provided shapes will ensure that the notes will still be legible no matter how much of a scrawl one’s handwriting is! Very young children will likely require their parents’ help when structuring these maps for the first time.
For Fun and Games: Quizlet
Students gearing up for a major test often need to practice beforehand. Enter Quizlet, a website where you can create flashcards, tests, and even games. By creating sets, Quizlet will automatically generate these study tools for users to assess their understanding of the material. Games will let one do so in a fun manner, which could be particularly helpful for children who prefer to play instead of traditional study methods.
For Quick Essay Checks: Grammarly
A free online extension and app, Grammarly is a grammar checker that shifts through one’s English answers and highlights any mistakes they find. Not only does it offer substitutes to phrases and words, it will also inform the user of the kinds of mistakes made so extra care can be made not to repeat them. Particularly useful for your child’s English essay—parents can also check up on their progress with a personalised email summary of how they match up against other users.
For Timing Study Sessions: Marinara Timer
The Pomodoro method of Productivity believes that working for 25 minutes then taking a five-minute break will increase one’s productivity level, and the site Marinara Timer will allow you to do just that without having to set it up on your own. Should you prefer longer study sessions, however, the site also customises personal timers with unique alarm sounds to properly time how long your child should spend on their work.
For Tracking Assignments: Schooltraq
Besides creating notes, staying on top of assignments is also crucial to revision. Schooltraq allows users to keep their due dates in check in an online planner, syncing from phone to computer to tablet so that they never lose their schedule. Parents can use this to check up on their child’s homework and revision progress and separate it from family and personal calendars, compartmentalising all the necessary dates.
For Collating Notes in One Site: Mindmup
On the more advanced side of education, numerous digital notes and documents are sure to come your child’s way when they’re older. To organise them all efficiently, use Mindmup—using storyboards as a planning canvas, turn your notes into more than just a simple mind map by attaching longer text, spreadsheets, images and even videos to the work. Users will also be able to share these maps with collaborators, resulting in an efficient way to complete group work—an important aspect of education. This is likely used for older children, but parents can also work with their child to create a shared map of ideas.