An app to structure your time studying or learning, with research-backed learning activities for any content type to guide you in your goal.
Tell us about your idea
Stik app is the remote-learner's "study buddy". With our easy quick-start workflow, students simply indicate how much time they have to learn, what type of content they're using (e.g., textbook, online video, etc.), and a learning plan is automatically created. This plan includes activity suggestions for improved learning outcomes (longer retention, deeper understanding), and learning analytics that help keep track of learning progress, levels of focus, and strategy use. The activities are active learning strategies based on they type of content (e.g., weaving in self-quizzing and reflective questioning with textbook reading materials). Our goal is not only keeping students engaged with passive (e.g., reading, watching) content that is more prevalent in remote learning contexts, but also to support effective learning strategies for lifetime "learning how to learn" skill development.
While it can be useful for any students in middle-high and university levels, university students can especially benefit from additional support as they transition to the university setting (i.e., less structured, larger student to teach ratio). In the previous version of the app, we found that students loved seeing how much time they were actually studying by using the timer to track their breaks. This provided encouragement as well as insight into how many distractions were occurring during the study session. We also blocked any other apps while the study timer was running, which meant that students were less tempted to check notifications while they were learning.
We hope this app will relieve some of the burden on teachers and parents who are struggling to manage remote learning in these COVID-19 times. While this initial prototype is designed for the student user's experience, we hope to also build this tool for teachers who can help design learning activities to reach their common core (and otherwise) objectives.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
My background is in Educational Psychology. My motivation for pursuing this field was to try and change the system through the application of research to real-life settings, to better understand how we can improve learning. My goal was to find a way to help students retain information they had spent the time learning in class, while leveraging a platform they were already heavily using- their phones. I built a mobile app that helped students self-regulate their learning and kept them motivated in their studying. The impact of COVID-19 on the education system reinvigorated my work on this project. I would like to build on my previous work by improving the functionality of the app to support students as they are learning at home, away from the mentorship of their teachers. I hope to teach students how to learn more effectively and become learning experts, not exam-taking experts.