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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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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To The High School Senior Wishing She Could Fast-Forward To Graduation, Careful What You Wish For

Don't wish this time away.

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As the last stretch of my freshman year of college stands before me, I've been thinking a lot about where I was a year ago today. I've thought about how fast the time has gone, but also how much has happened in that year.

A year ago, I decided what college I was going to and was getting ready to graduate, and honestly counting down the days until graduation. Senior year was almost over, and I couldn't wait to walk across that stage, get my diploma, and FINALLY get to start my real life. However, now that it's a year later I honestly barely remember all those little moments and it feels like literally a world ago when I was in my high school and making my Senior Board full of pictures of my childhood. And part of me wishes that I hadn't wished all that time away.

So, to my high school seniors out there — I encourage you to cherish all the memories you are making. I encourage you to spend time with your parents and savor the meals you have with them and enjoy the conversations where your mom asks all the mom questions about your day, and your dad tells a story from his childhood that you've heard a million times before. I encourage you to appreciate the friends you have, and whether or not you plan to stay friends with them after graduation, be grateful for the time with them in this season and the role that they played in your life.

I ask you to look around your high school, stop and stare at the walls that you've probably been praying to get out of for a few months now and appreciate the memories and times you've had in those buildings. Whether or not high school was a great time for you or a bad time, it was a time of growth and the place where you matured and made mistakes and succeeded.

Seniors, enjoy these last few months because before you know it you'll blink and it will be a year later and you'll be miss those days that you complained about, those teachers you rolled your eyes at, and those friends that you shared that time with.

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