Cram: The Mac Study Assistant

To be completely truthful, anyone can use some extra help when it comes to learning a new subject. The study process can often involve late nights, sitting in front of a ridiculously heavy textbook, and a tall can of your favorite energy drink.

Cram is a simple and easy-to-use study and testing tool that can be your go-to study buddy when you room mate is out partying. By simply entering a set of questions and answers into the application once, Cram will help you review for the upcoming exam with flash-cards. Afterwards, take a practice test, apply the knowledge, and see how much you have remembered.

The Cram Interface

The Cram Interface

Creating Tests

Before you can start studying, you need to enter in the information about the test that you want to study for. Cram allows you to randomize the questions and answers, a nice feature that for those who want to ensure a full grasp of the concepts being learned. If finishing in a timely manner is essential, Cram is also able to accommodate your needs with timed testing.

Creating a New Test

Creating a New Test

Adding Questions to Your Tests

Creating questions in Cram is a straightforward process which includes support for up to five multiple choice answers, or answers supplied through a pre-defined “answer bank”.

Cram is also able to display images and audio that may help you learn quicker, a feature that is excellent for visual and auditory learners.

New Questions

New Questions

The downside to entering information is that only one question (and it’s answers) can be filled in at a time. There is no next button that will present you with a new blank window to enter another question without having to click the New question button after entering each and every single question.

Studying

Studying in Cram is a very simple process, and allows you to focus entirely on getting your head around the material at hand.

Flashcards

Clicking the Study icon, you are presented with flash-cards based on the questions and answers you previously entered. The flash-cards can play audio and show images, in addition to the questions and and/or answers.

Flashcards

Flashcards

Testing

Taking a practice test in the application is uncomplicated and very traditional as well.

Completing a Test

Completing a Test

After you finish the test, your results are shown, along with the correct answers for questions answered incorrectly.

Results

Results

Doing More with Your Tests

Cram also allows you to share your tests with other Cram users, and download their tests as well – a nice feature for those taking generic courses.

Another useful feature in Cram is its ability to print out a copy of the tests, for those times when you prefer to practice the old fashioned way.

Printout View

Printout View

Conclusion

Overall, Cram is a great tool that has the ability to enhance your study workflow. However, a drawback for me is the task of entering test questions into Cram. It seems like a tedious task that outweighs the benefit of being dynamically tested by the application.

It isn’t perfect, but is one of the best study-aid applications I have seen so far. An alternative to Cram is a simple flash-card application called iFlash for Mac by Loopware, but is solely for studying in the flash-card format.

Cram is developed by SimpleLeap and is available for download as a free trial, while the full version goes for $34.99.

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