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Sunday, September 20, 2009


A few weeks ago we received a STUDYPOD bookholder to review. This is such a nifty little product!

Developed by a teacher, the STUDYPOD provides a simple way to improve your studying. It holds any size textbook and study sheets upright at a comfortable level (similar to the angle of your computer screen) helping maximize your focus. It holds virtually any textbook wide open, freeing hands for writing, typing or eating.

It is very simple to set up and use. If you get stuck, it comes with easy to follow instructions, and you can watch a video on the STUDYPOD website to see how to use it.

The STUDYPOD comes in 3 colors: black, blue and pink, and it is quite compact but also sturdy; Jake uses it for his 300+ page math book.
I use it primarily for Hank's language arts. He needs to copy sentences from his book and then punctuate them correctly or identify the parts of speech. The STUDYPOD saves me from having to write all of his work on the whiteboard for him to copy, and it helps him follow along more easily than if the book was lying flat on his desk.

So far we've been able to share just one, but I can easily see how having one of these for each student would be extremely helpful.

The usefulness of the STUDYPOD isn't limited to the schoolroom. It has many uses:
  • Presentations- prop up your presentation materials on a STUDYPOD.
  • Art projects and music- Use the STUDYPOD as a portable easel or music holder.
  • Perfect for tutoring and group work- Working with a group and have to share a book? No problem! The STUDYPOD makes it easy for a group to read from the same text.
  • Use the STUDYPOD in the kitchen as your cookbook holder,
  • Or when you exercise.

It's approximately 7" by 9" and not quite 1.5" thick so it stores easily on your bookshelf, and there's a handy little pocket inside to store small supplies.

You can buy a STUDYPOD for $19.95, but the very generous folks at STUDYPOD are offering TOS Review readers a special discount; you can get $5 off your order when you use coupon code TOSBLOG5. You can also sell Studypods as a fundraiser.

You can read what other TOS Crew members have to say about it here.

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