App of the Week – Evernote Peek

We are continuing a series called App of the Week, wherein we recommend the best apps to support the academic experience. Please let us know what you think, and feel free to provide suggestions for apps we should review.

Last week, we discussed Evernote, a digital workspace that allows you to store all kinds of content–in the form of “notes” and “notebooks”–and syncs your files among all of your devices. This week, we wanted to highlight an Evernote companion app that is perfect for studying: Evernote Peek.

Evernote Peek works with your iPad cover to “peek” at virtual flashcards for an exam. Don’t have an iPad cover? No problem. Evernote Peek allows you to use a virtual, customizable cover that serves the same purpose.

How does it work?
Flip up the bottom section of the cover to see a clue. Think of the answer, then open up the cover midway to reveal the answer. You can mark your answer as “correct” or “incorrect,” so if you mark an answer incorrect, the flashcard will pop up again later. You can close the cover again to go to the next flashcard.
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Where do the flashcards come from?
Your Evernote Notebooks! Any of your Notebooks can be automatically converted into flashcards (you’ll want to make sure they’re typed/organized in a flashcard-friendly format), but you can also create new ones just for Peek. There are also several pre-loaded Notebooks, such as foreign language vocabulary quizzes and general subject test prep (i.e.. Periodic Table quiz, Econ 101, US History Master Vocabulary).
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Downsides: Once you’ve started a quiz, you have to flip through the entire thing to get back to the Notebooks – a slight inconvenience. It can also take a little time to shape your notebooks into flashcard-ready mode.

Bottom Line: Evernote Peek is an easy-to-use app that converts your stored homework notes into ready-made virtual flashcards. Integrating the iPad cover is a fun bonus. Try it out, and let us know if Evernote and Evernote Peek enhance your academic experience.
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Further reading on Evernote Peek:

Ace Your Exams With Evernote Peek

Introducing: Evernote Peek, The First iPad Smart Cover App

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Contents contributed by Lauren Dodd Hall, Circulation Librarian