Jaryn’s been all over our social networks, interacting with both students and teachers on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. One of her latest projects has been to get our Instagram feed up and running. We are super thrilled to have her on the team.
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 cram.com.
You can access your personal Cram Folders at any time by using the drop-down at the top of any page on cram.com. This will give you quick access to your folders no matter where you are.
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.
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.
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 StudyMode.com 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.
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 StudyMode.com 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:
- 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).
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.
We are constantly looking for more ways to help students learn. Over the past few months, we’ve developed an audio feature that will read aloud your flashcards. It’s perfect for auditory learners (those who remember things by hearing them) and language learners.
What’s more is that we support these audio features across 18 different languages:
Ready to try it out? Find the audio icon on the top of your flashcard set in the Flashcard and Memorize tabs. Toggle it on. Audio is now turned on for every flashcard within your set.
To repeat the audio, press the audio icon located on the top left corner of your flashcards.
Here at StudyMode we are quite a diverse team yet share many common hobbies in occupying our time outside of the office. Photography being one of them, a group of us recently ventured to downtown Los Angeles for a night shoot. Heading to the Los Angeles city-center we were on the hunt for the abundant and dramatic light of the skyline as well as just getting out of the office together.
Our first stop of the night was the 110 overpass to capture the streaking lights of cars below and the glow of the rising buildings in the distance. The overpass at 4th street is a well known photographer’s vantage point where you can find people taking the iconic slow shutter shot most nights. After successfully capturing the area we ventured next to the Department of Water Works building found across the street from the Disney Concert Hall and Dorthy Chandler Pavillion. Highlighted in many a feature film and TV series, the building’s surrounding ponds and water features provide a dramatic foreground to the skyscrapers of the financial district. After about two hours on the streets we dispersed to recharge for another day in the office.