Sundar Nathan was a college student prepping for an exam, cramming hundreds of pieces of information into his overfilled memory bank when he resorted to flashcards—a strategy he’s supported ever since.
Nathan and a group of University of Texas graduates created the site CrushThatTest in 2007, giving college students more than 1,000 free digital flashcards as a supplement to their course textbooks in nine subjects, ranging from U.S. history to psychology.
Students can access CrushThatTest on their desktops and laptops, or pay $1.99 to use the web-based flashcards on their iPhone. Students can use their iPhones to scroll through chapters and see how many flashcards are available in each chapter.
The web site lets members scroll through flashcards and answer questions about a specific part of a topic, such as chemistry or biology. It then generates a pie chart showing how the student fared on the practice exam. The flashcard testing function has a clock that shows students how long they’ve spent covering a certain part of the curriculum.
“The aspect of time is important in any academic endeavor,” Nathan said. “It helps [students] measure their return on investment, if you look at it in a business sense.”
The site also has flashcards for Spanish and French—with more languages coming this fall—and standardized tests such as the GMAT and GRE.