Sorry, but we had to say that. Study Star depends
on the learner to make an effort, to read, think, and
type. The program is built according to the premise that
"The more you type, the more you learn."
This is not so bad -- many students are working very
hard and not learning nearly as much as they should
because their study techniques are poor. If you are
one of those students, Study Star might help you get
much better results out of the considerable time and
effort that you are already expending on schoolwork.
To improve your study techniques, Study Star guides
- active and inquisitive reading,
- identifying what's important,
- previewing and reviewing,
- writing library research papers,
- doing homework,
- scheduling your learning activities, and
- testing yourself to prepare for exams.
And a Little Fun
Study Star also includes a few simple but fun games. These
are interesting games of strategy built around questions and
answers dtawn from the electronic notebook. As you play the
games, you have to answer a question to make a move or get
a card, you are repeatedly exposed to your study
materials and your learning is continually strengthened by
exposure to your notes.
The games included with Study Star are:
- Tic-tac-toe (2 players) -- the old standby. You have to
answer a question correctly to make a move.
- Tic-tac-grapple (2 players) -- a simple variation of
tic-tac-toe that is more interesting and challenging to
play, and it never ends in a draw.
- Two-Way Klondike Solitaire (1 player) -- a
version of solitaire that gives you addiutional chances
to win if you correctly answer questions about your notes.
- Seven-Card Smart Poker (1 player against the
machine) -- a challenging variation of stud poker that
requires that you answer four multiple choice questions
correctly during each hand that you play. Play video poker
and get smart as you pass the hours.