StudyStack is an online study resource that gives users a few ways to create a personalized review tool. Users can create online flashcards as well as word scrambles, crossword puzzles, hangman games and bug chase games. The site also offers a list of subject categories that include popular main subjects, such as geography, math, history, language and standardized tests as well as subcategories like English, aviation, European history, finance and computers. A built in search lets users find existing flashcards and games to help them get started. Six brain teasing games are also offered on the homepage, including memory, attention, stress, language, focus and intelligence based activities. StudyStack presents users with a list of flashcard websites to help the individual find a tool that works best for their needs.
StudyStack was founded in January of 2002 by John Weidner. The application isn’t the most cutting edge option for users, but it is effective. StudyStack has been discussed on a handful of websites, primarily those with an education or teaching focus. Educators can use StudyStack as a way to build effective supplemental learning resources for students. The variety of review games makes StudyStack more appealing for some students.
There are a number of flashcard generators on the web. StudyStack offers the same service, but includes a few appealing extras. Users can create more than just virtual flashcards. The application provides simple word scrambles and crossword puzzles as well as bug chase and hangman games. The user can work with multiple review games or stick with the one that works the best for their personal learning needs.
StudyStack works, but does so with no real fanfare. The application is visually crowded. Users will find banner ads, including animated ads, scattered all over the site. The design would be decent otherwise. The logo adds a hint of professionalism, which is dampened by the cluttered design and numerous ads. The game and flashcard interface is practical, but doesn’t offer anything elegant or innovative to give StudyStack depth or personality.
New users can try StudyStack by clicking on the blue “Login with Facebook” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. Users who prefer to create new account can click the blue “Sign Up” link in the lower, right corner of the login box. The form on the next page asks for a username, password and general age range (either 12 years old and younger or over 13 years old). After entering an email address and checking the terms and conditions agreement box, the user can submit the form. The user is automatically logged in after successfully submitting their information.
StudyStack is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees and the user isn’t required to make any purchases. This is really how it should be. StudyStack offers a number of simple but interesting review game options, but it is also packed with advertisements. The application would need a serious makeover before attempting to charge a subscription fee for its services.
StudyStack is a helpful tool for anyone who wants a very simple review tool. Teachers can use the application as an inexpensive way to provide a fun, supplemental study resource. The application doesn’t look as good as it could and there are many ads on the site, which detract from the overall experience. This could deter some users from trying StudyStack. For the most part it is a decent solution for educators and students who want an inexpensive way to study.