Music and memory: Education app debuts at Bett

Schools can find out more about an innovative app designed to help young people with their studies at the education event of the year.

The biggest education technology show on the calendar, Bett, will begin tomorrow and will feature some of the sector’s newest products.

Among them will be Studytracks, a new app that merges music with study materials to help jog students’s memories. 

The app uses lyrics relating to a specific exam theme or topic. As the student listens to the music, these hooks become embedded in their memory - just like the lyrics of a song - so when something triggers the hook (like a word or phrase in an exam question), students are able to recall the information easily and effectively. It currently features more than 500 songs within various GCSE and AS Level subject categories. 

Creator George Hammond-Hagan will be presenting on the app on Thursday 26 January at 1pm in Bett Futures. 

During the session George will explain how the idea came about when his son was studying for his GCSEs. He will also delve into the science behind the app by discussing earworms and how the theory can effectively be applied to education. 

Neuroscientist from the University of Barcelona Laura Ferreri is also set to share the findings of her most recent research on music and memory. 

George is delighted to see just how successful Studytracks has become and is excited to share it with even more people at Bett. 

He said: “Within three weeks of launching, we had 10,000 active users and over 35,000 users a few months later. This figure is still rising at an unprecedented rate! It quickly became clear to us that we’d created something special, something students really ‘got’ and loved. They’ve seen their grades jump significantly after using it, and we have the testimonials to prove it. 

“We’ve been in talks with a number of schools about Studytracks; as soon as we give teachers a demonstration, they’re hooked too! Studytracks really works, and with tens of thousands of teachers under one roof, Bett is the perfect place for us to show them how our app can really help their students to retain information, increase attainments, and improve exam results.”

For more information, pop by the Studytracks Stand BFS50, come along to George’s talk at Bett on Thursday 26 Jan at 1pm in Bett Futures, or visitwww.studytracks.education/

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