A jkOnTheRun reader testimonial for RecallPlus

There are no better testimonials for any program than those from long time users who are passionate about the application. jkOTR reader Scott Frickman sent me an email about the interesting program RecallPlus.  Scott is an avid fan of the program and, oh, I’ll just let him tell you himself. Email posted with permission.

Jk,

Thanks for a great site.  I visit it everyday.  Welcome to the tablet hood.

I am a student and tablet user.  I have a Motion M1400 that goes with me to every class.  I always get these nasty looks from my mates when their sitting there with pen and paper scribbling away with their notebooks left in their backpacks while I’m just writing away taking notes in the margins of my digital text books and in my journal.

Last year was my first with my tablet and I discovered something that I am sure every digital student encounters, which is data overload.  It is practically bad when test time rolls around and you have to review so much stuff.  I found a program that not only solved my overload problem, but also increased my gpa (grade point average).  It’s called RecallPlus and can be found on their site at www.recallplus.com.  I tried numerous similar programs like Supermemo, Vtrain, FlashX but nothing and I mean nothing compared to Recallplus.  I suppose one might call it a flash card type program and if so then it’s a flash card program on steroids. 

There are several features that I like the best.  Those are building the knowledge trees and the count down mode to testing.  The latter feature no other software provider has as I have found.  Each of my knowledge trees are organized by subject and then the branches include chapters and so on.  I either take notes directly into RecallPlus or into my GoBinder and from there organize them into RecallPlus.  Once I am satisfied that I have everything I need on a particular subject area I let Recallplus take over and from there it test me on what I have learned, notes what I have forgotten and schedules out for a refresh.  The key benefits to this method is that greater learning can be accomplished and learning retention is maintained at a much higher level and NO MORE CRAMMING for a test.  The one feature that I like the most is what I call the count down to test mode.  I enter the date of my test and the material that will be tested. Then RecallPlus calculates the remaining time to test date and sets up a schedule for review.

So, I was thinking maybe you could do some type of a review on this software.  I am sure you will be impressed.  The RecallPlus team has been working all summer developing a tablet version and just released a version this week.  I feel honored to have been the driving force pestering them with emails last May suggesting that tablets in schools was the future and they needed to get on the bandwagon.  As I told them you can’t open your notebook and tap tap tap away in class.  It’s annoying and the teachers generally don’t allow it.  However, with a tablet you can just write away and if you can either buy a digital text book or create one from scanning you are the envoy of all. 

The RecallPlus team is also very responsive to input and encourages users to tell them what they like, don’t like, and what improvements can be made.  For example, when I started using the software, I thought the icons were pretty poor quality and many in the wrong place.  I suggested that they improve the icon images and follow a grouping similar to what Microsoft does in Word.  Not saying MS is right or wrong in their approach but as students that is what we are required to use and get use to unless of course your schools uses MAC’s.

Anyway, hope you’ll take a look at the software do a review in the future.

Keep up the good work.

Frick

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