By Aida Guhlin (@arguhlin), A Geographer's Musings
How do study groups work? No, really. Does one person do all the work of reading the material and then breaking it down for their study buddies? Does the group break up the material amongst themselves and then rely on each other’s notes of the material? Either way, how are these notes distributed? Nowadays, you may often hear the words, “Google Docs" and nod - obviously, it works really well. Type up some information, share it with others, and together the study group can come together and work on the material together.
However, some issues often come up. The individuals with access to the doc don’t always receive a notification that material in the doc has been altered, and if they do, it comes in the (too) subtle form of a bolding of the doc in Google Drive. Scrolling also becomes an issue, as students can’t just click and select one section of the doc containing the notes they’re interested in. Instead, if you want the peace of freedom from extraneous information, you have to copy and paste that information out of its crowded environment. Lastly, the frustration of someone else writing over/changing something you wrote without telling you is real - especially since those notifications don’t explicitly clarify what’s different.
An Evernote/Postach.io model works differently though. Instead of creating a doc for everyone to jump straight into and muddle around in, an Evernote notebook publishing to a class blog works even better. Let’s say we went with the equitable division of the material and everyone was to write and share notes on their respective chapter. So, someone makes an Evernote notebook, and then shares it with all of the Evernote users. Each student logs a note on their chapter. Each one tags it with “publish" and each note is then sent to the class blog on Postach.io. Done and done.
Instead of having to scroll and scroll, only to have the doc potentially jolt up and down on you due to other people suddenly logging on and typing, you can select the notes and read them there. There’s no copy and pasting. No downloading. If a new post has been made, you’ll see it, and probably hear about it too. The information also looks a lot more professional now. If you want to one day show your potential employer a neat display of teamwork and collaboration, send them that pistachio link! It’s called making your education work for you. Or, you know, your previous self, but either way, you’ll probably ace that test because you spent more time studying than figuring out the logistics of studying.
Can you say #worthit?
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