New Employee Alert: Ruben Custodio

StudyMode’s Frontend Development team doubled in size last month, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to now have 2 people concentrating on rolling out delightful user interfaces. Here’s our newest hire in his own words. Welcome Ruben!

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My name is Ruben Custodio and I am a Peruvian-American developer working out here in Los Angeles. I grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA and also attended Cal Poly SLO. I think of myself as a relaxed, down-to-earth guy who loves music and being active. I have played guitar for about 8 years and I find it relaxing to either play my favorite covers or just doodle around in E minor. My favorite sports are as follows: Snowboarding, Football, Soccer and Basketball. I played many sports growing up and I’ve always had a competitive edge. As a side note I am engaged to be wed in May of 2015 and I couldn’t be happier. Introducing Folders!

We are proud to announce the introduction of Cram Folders! Over the past few weeks we have developed a solution to allow our users to intelligently group their flashcard sets in a meaningful way.

How do Cram Folders Work?

Cram Folders allow users to add structure to their flashcard sets and create folders for grouping of like sets.  You can add to your folders any flashcard set you own or one of the millions of public flashcard sets available on the site.  Basic users receive access to 2 folders while premium subscribers can use additional sets to further group their content. Upgrade to Premium today to get the most out of your account on

Access Anywhere

You can access your personal Cram Folders at any time by using the drop-down at the top of any page on  This will give you quick access to your folders no matter where you are.

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An Updated Dashboard Page

We’ve updated the dashboard page with a new structure to make way for our new folders.  Here you can see a list of all of your folders along with reference to the number of flashcard sets in each folder. Click in to any folder to see a full set of related flashcard sets.

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Best Places to Work in Los Angeles 2014 - StudyMode

StudyMode Named One of Los Angeles’ Best Places to Work

Landed #7 in the Best Small Business Category

LOS ANGELES, August 28, 2014– StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, has been named one of 2014’s Best Places to Work in Los Angeles. The program, created by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group, is in its eighth year. StudyMode has been placed number seven out of a list of 21 in the Best Small Business category.

“At StudyMode, the people are the most important asset we have,” said Blaine Vess, Co-founder and CEO of StudyMode. “We’re continually focused on investing in training and development to the benefit of our employees and our company.”

StudyMode, founded in 1999, is headquartered in West Hollywood. Vess and his team have created a collaborative work environment that encourages self-direction and personal responsibility. StudyMode employees enjoy perks including regular catered lunches, massage chairs, flexible hours, fully paid health coverage for employees and their dependents, and a casual dress code.

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Survey Says: The vast majority of students have not had the opportunity to learn to code.

Six in 10 Students Think Coding Will Be a  Competitive Advantage to Job Hunters; Only 23 Percent Know How to Code

Study shows 59 percent of students who don’t code would like to learn but haven’t had the opportunity

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2014 – StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, today announced the results of its “Student Psyche Report” on students and coding, which asked approximately 1,000 student members about their experience with computer programming. The study found that while 61 percent of students believe coding will be a competitive advantage when they are ready to find a job, less than one-quarter (23 percent) currently know at least one programming language, with the number dropping to one-fifth (20 percent) among high school students.

Students do not know how to code (Infographic)

Among students who don’t know how to code, 59 percent said they’d like to learn how, but haven’t had the opportunity, and 30 percent said they’re just not interested in learning. Only 8 percent said they’d tried and found it too hard. Of those who do code, more than half (54 percent) learned in school, and three in 10 (30 percent) are self-taught.

Most students believe the jobs of the future will involve coding. Two-thirds (67 percent) think that some or almost all jobs will require coding by the time they’ve finished their education. When it comes to their own personal futures, however, students are less certain. Thirty-seven percent say it’s somewhat or very likely that their future careers will require coding, while 32 percent think it’s somewhat or very unlikely, and another 30 percent aren’t sure either way.

“I know from personal experience how important coding skills are in today’s world,” said StudyMode co-founder and CEO Blaine Vess. “I taught myself to code in college and today and its sister sites help more than 90 million students each month. I’m glad to see that so many students today recognize its importance, and hope that number will grow in the future.”

Other StudyMode findings include:

Coding Skills between Males and Females (Infographic)

  • Across all educational levels, men are more likely than women to be coders—31 percent of male students said they know how to program, compared to just 18 percent of female students
  • While 59 percent of student coders know how to develop for at least one mobile platform, only one quarter (25 percent) know how to develop for iOS—while 33 percent know how to develop for Android and 32 percent for Windows
  • Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) learned to code between the ages of 11 and 18, with another 30 percent learning at age 19 or older. Five percent started early, at age 7 or younger.
  • More than half of students who code (51 percent) say they learned because they enjoy it. A pragmatic 43 percent learned because they think it will be useful to their career.



In July 2014, StudyMode surveyed approximately 1,000 student members. The sample set represents males and females ranging from high school through college. Approximately 40 percent of respondents indicated they were in college; 34 percent indicated high school; 20 percent indicated graduate school and 6 percent indicated 8th grade or below. Respondents were predominantly female (57 percent).


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Why StudyMode?

Some background first.  StudyMode is a global education company that was founded by regular, Midwest guys who struggled in school. Today, we help more than 90 million visitors a month. Our students range from pre-schoolers to MBA students and come from countries like Russia, India and the US. People tell us “I wish I had StudyMode when I was in school”.

So how does StudyMode pertain to you?  Think about your classroom, and how you glean ideas and inspiration from your peers by discussing different ideas and exploring different theories.  We’re the digital version of that experience. We are a platform of ideas and research uploaded by your peers across the globe.  So if you’re looking for perspectives on the growth of the internet or what the effect of WWII was on the European economy, we have documents that cover those topics and more.

How do I get started?

Researching on StudyMode is incredibly easy.

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