Teaching is my life. As a teacher living and working in Paris, France, allow me to paraphrase French philosopher, mathematician, and writer, René Descartes. “I teach, therefore, I am.”
Good teachers strive to instill the learning motivation gene into their students. 20 years of teaching experience have taught me there’s another way to learn. Good old fashioned flash cards.
If you’re a Mac, iPhone, or iPad user, MentalCase is the app that will improve your mental faculties. Or, maybe just your memory.
Study App On Steroids
Learning anything requires work. Even if inspiration and motivation are keys, sometimes you just have to have a way to stuff new things into your head.
That’s what flash cards does, and that’s what Mental Case does.
Except, MentalCase also combines your Mac’s ability to create, store, edit, and track flash cards on any subject.
Flash cards are notoriously tedious to create, but MentalCase on the Mac makes it more like tedious fun.
First, create a new stack of cards. Then, enter notes into each card on whatever your subject may be. Notes, images, audio clips, video clips, formatted text from Word documents. Whatever.
Second, once you’ve created a stack of flash cards, organize them, next them, bury them in folders, or flag and tag them. Your Mac has become a flash card library.
In fact, that’s the MentalCase user interface. It’s similar to iPhoto or iTunes.
The left sidebar of MentalCase is where the entire flash card library is visible. Click on Recents, Last Import, or any Stack of flash cards.
Flash cards are stored in a Cover Flow-like library in the right, where each is visible and easy to sort using the 3D-like browser.
Built in to MentalCase are automated study schedules so you can track your performance.
Notes from similar subjects can be downloaded from Quizlet.com and FrlashcardExchange.com. You can use your Mac’s built-in iSight camera to take photos and embed them into your flash cards.
Screen shots on your Mac can be grabbed and dropped into MentalCase flash cards. Of course, each flash card stack can also be displayed as a slideshow, and there’s an option to create multiple choice quizzes.
MentalCase also features slideshow statistics so you get graphical representation of how well you stack up against the stacks of flash cards. And, of course, everything can be printed out from your Mac.
Another huge benefit is the ability to sync your Mac MentalCase flash card library over Wi-Fi to an iPhone or iPad (or, iPod touch). Unfortunately, not all Mac MentalCase features make the transfer, so caveat emptor.
Flash cards are a time honored method of learning facts, figures, history, math, and pretty much anything else that needs to be drummed into your head. MentalCase simply makes the creation of flash cards a little less tedious and painful.