Improve student recall and retention.
Lead Product Designer
“I was unable to quickly recall a portion of the checkpoint where I had a specific question...I was just looking for a simple program that would allow me to take notes on a specific portion of the page, and easily recall it later when I met with my mentor.”
— A student using a 3rd party annotation tool
Semi-structured interviews with 6 mentors, 7 students.Discovery: Students take notes in creative ways
I built a Chrome extension and tested it with student volunteers for a month to understand:1. Will students use it?
Yes, with the caveat that they are already an active and responsible student.2. If so, what will they take notes on?
1/3 are comments to clarify curriculum
1/3 are personal reminders for mentor meetings
1/3 are memos for the self
Not sure, this is a lagging indicator.
For further testing, I spec'd out a responsive in-app annotation tool that supports minimal highlighting and note-taking in the curriculum.
If the MVP is successful in increasing the proficiency of the students that use it, we could possibily investigate opportunities to further improve engagement: