In our October 2007 Playlist column, I explored ways of turning your iPod into the perfect study and learning tool. Here are two other ways to let your iPod offer some education along with entertainment.
If you find index cards useful for learning, take a look at Loopware’s $15 iFlash 2.7 (
), a utility for creating and maintaining iPod flash cards. To create a card, click on the New button, and then enter what you want to appear on each side. Once you’ve created a deck, you can export it to your iPod for studying on the go. Unfortunately, you can’t flip between cards when viewing them on an iPod. All you get is a single text document that appears in your Notes folder. The document displays each card’s text, with adequate spacing between lines so that you can keep the answers hidden as you scroll through.
When studying for an exam, it sometimes helps to quiz yourself on the material. By taking advantage of the fifth-generation iPod’s gaming prowess, you can actually create mock tests for yourself. iQuiz, available for $.99 from the iTunes Store’s iPod Games section, comes with several sets of questions to test your knowledge of TV shows, movies, and music. But you can also create your own quizzes using Aspyr’s free
iQuiz Maker. If you want more control over your quizzes—and you don’t mind dealing with tags and text editors—you can try following Apple’s
instead. Hey, who says studying can’t be fun?