Move Over Quizlet: Here's The Next Big Thing In Studying

Move Over Quizlet: Here's The Next Big Thing In Studying

Meet StudyMode Drive.
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Imagine a site that has documents and study aids for your specific classes. Meet Chase Dimond and Thomas Swalla -- some of the brains behind this enthralling concept. They are some of the people behind "world's largest study community" or StudyMode.com, but more specifically StudyMode Drive.

What is StudyMode, you may ask? According to their website, the people at StudyMode "want to help students like you get better grades." They do this by "building the technology to help students research and learn more efficiently." This is where Dimond comes in. The site has three parts: StudyMode Research, StudyMode Drive, and StudyMode Answers. He's behind StudyMode Drive.

As a recent graduate of Chapman University, Dimond knows what it is like to be a student in the "Information Age" where Google Drive can be a vital tool for studying. In August of 2015, StudyMode launched the free Drive portion of its site starting with SDSU. By October, the SDSU drive has almost 1,000 users and close to 1,500 documents from over 180 courses.

In an interview, Dimond and Swalla told Odyssey that as of Oct. 12, StudyMode Drive will have 40 new schools from all over the country. As of the beginning of October, schools with established drives include Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and other schools around the country. After the recent Oct. 12, launch, many more schools including UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, USC, and dozens of schools across the nation will have drives; any school that doesn't have one can submit a request form. In addition to the colleges, within six months, high schools will be added, Swalla says.

The content uploaded by students is monitored in two ways. Firstly, Swalla says, the content is monitored by the community. They police the drive and are able to decide what quality content is. Secondly, StudyMode has an algorithm that crawls the content for certain words and phrases and is manually reviewed. They also work with TurnItIn in order to prevent plagiarism.

Swalla and Dimond said the main obstacle they are facing is getting the world out. They primarily use low-cost, innovative marketing techniques, or guerrilla marketing, like many up-and-coming companies. The more people that join and submit content, the more beneficial the site is so they encourage everyone to invite friends and peers. Users have access to the notes and study aids of anyone at their school who joins as opposed to just their friends and classmates which increases the resources available to them dramatically.

All you have to do to join is enter your email and submit documents. Although the site is still in its beginning stages, Thomas Swalla, Chase Dimond, and everyone at StudyMode are striving to create a community for learning and delivering value to students.

Now, it is up to you to join the community. You'll be able to say you joined something big before it exploded.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

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I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

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