Studying can be hard sometimes, especially when you find yourself just staring at a piece of paper and not absorbing anything. With StudyBuddy, Alexa can motivate you and help you learn. This way, studying is not only easier because you'll be studying out loud, but more fun as well because Alexa can be your study partner.
What it does
StudyBuddy currently has two study subjects implemented, US Presidents and Chemical Elements. The US Presidents subject includes information about every US President including Order in Office, Political Party, and Fun Facts. The Chemical Elements subject includes information about each of the 118 Elements on the Periodic Table, including Atomic Number, Symbol, Year Discovered, and Atomic Weight. StudyBuddy can either quiz you or tell you facts about either subject if prompted to do so. Alexa can be asked to tell about any President or Element and she will respond with all of the information contained about that President or Element. Once the user has learned a bit about each subject, the user can prompt to start a quiz. Then, StudyBuddy will ask 10 questions regarding the subject chosen. Alexa will keep score and react depending on how well you answer the questions, and give you the correct answer so you can learn and try again later.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Actually talking to Alexa and hearing the questions and responses we programmed was very fulfilling. Each time we fixed a failed test felt like we were really making progress. Additionally, learning how to program something that you wouldn't normally interact with was a great experience because it enabled us to push past our comfort zones in order to learn something new. Once the skill is processed by the Amazon development team, it can actually be used by any user with an Alexa on the Amazon Alexa app, so we get to see our project be put out into the real world.
What's next for StudyBuddy
In the future, we would like to implement more school subjects into StudyBuddy and hopefully implement different style quizzes. In this way, Alexa can not only help students in a wide variety of subjects but can integrate different studying methods as well. We would also like to implement a feature that could ask Alexa a specific question regarding a subject and she would tell you the answer that best explains your question from local data, instead of only reciting facts about elements or presidents.