So you try to takes notes in college and while you did a serious job of it (or atleast tried to), you don’t seem to remember anything after few hours. Of course, you are also suffering from attention deficit disorder thanks to so much of content flowing through your smartdevices, but when it comes to notes – you probably need an interactive study notes tool that helps you gamify your learning a bit.
Enters Classmint, an interactive study notes tool that lets anyone create annotable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like a paper.
What’s the point behind folded papers? Well, Classmint is inspired from Cornell note-taking system which was devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University.
The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two inches, at the bottom of the page.
Notes from a lecture or teaching are written in the note-taking column; notes usually consist of the main ideas of the text or lecture, and long ideas are paraphrased. Long sentences are avoided; symbols or abbreviations are used instead. To assist with future reviews, relevant questions (which should be recorded as soon as possible so that the lecture and questions will be fresh in the student’s mind) or key words are written in the key word column. These notes can be taken from any source of information, such as fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, lectures, text books, etc. [wikipedia]
Classmint is the digital cousin of Cornell note-taking system and lets students digitally fold the notes like a paper and try to recall concepts.
The product also ships with Notes Player. That is, the Notes can be played in audio-visual player, which will help students learn concepts by reading and listening to the study material via text-to-speech.
Students can also create text and image annotations to aid in Active Recall of the concepts.
For sure, Classmint brings a fresh perspective to learning, though the bigger challenge for them is to simplify (like Apple) the product use-case (i.e. foldable notes) for a student to start using the product. Importantly, this is a great challenge for the team – i.e. whether to position the product as a ‘notes that can talk/interact’ or ‘foldable notes to help you recall concepts’. Maybe, foldable notes could launch as an app (and shouldn’t be a web feature)?
Launched by Bangalore based Rajan Chandi (who earlier launched Hireplug) and Amar Prabhu, Classmint will follow the freemium model (currently, the product is free and premium features will be added later).
Do give Classmint a spin and share your comments.