Article by Sallie Severns — “The greatest benefit is being able to search for a topic quickly without having to use Google,” says Valerie McBride, 22, an English/Theatre major at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
She’s talking about Answer Underground, a learning utility that helps students with sharing of information through group Q&A. Anyone with an iPhone can download the Answer Underground mobile app to get answers they need. “And if I don’t have a specific topic in mind, just a general idea, this app is perfect for showing a wide array of topics within a subject,” she says.
“Sitting in a lecture hall, it is nearly impossible to not see someone with their smartphone. Nowadays, it is a necessary tool not only in life, but in education. I can’t even count the times when the professor had trouble remembering a date or person and someone in the front row—me—had to Google it. But with Google, you have to weed through the irrelevant data. This app gives straightforward and simple answers.”
Improves Test Scores
“I am excited to use Answer Underground to organize study groups and as a sort of class discussion board, instead of using social networks. This seems more academically professional,” Valerie says. “I believe this app indirectly and directly changes my scores for the better. Directly because I feel it helps me learn material better when I ask and answer questions. Indirectly because it helps hone my study skills in a way. Especially when I’m motivated by fellow class members.
“As a college student, I love free things. I really don’t have the money to spend even 99 cents on an app, much less $2. So it’s either free or I live without it when it comes to apps. The fact that this app is free and is yet so user-friendly and complete in that there are no core subjects missing or incomplete, is a major ␣nd. It’s almost like having an entire encyclopedia at your ␣ngertips for free,” says Valerie.
“I would have never collaborated with Stanford and UC Berkeley without this app. Being from Texas, I don’t have access to either university. But seeing those groups, it makes me open my eyes to the possibilities available to my school as well,” she says.
After Valerie graduates, she plans on being a high school teacher. “I feel that education and technology are taking the necessary strides together, collaborating in the classroom and making accessible education to a generation seeped in technology,” says Valerie. “This app provides very real assistance—for free—to students, while before it was either Google or expensive mentor apps that students turned to for homework help.”
Any advice to other students in her shoes? “I would say download this app. It’s free, its easy to use, what could it possibly hurt? Just read through the first questions and I promise you’ll learn something you didn’t know before.”
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