Course Hero, Inc. Launches Optimized Learning Program for Flashcards

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New Optimal Learn program helps students study more effectively with digital flashcards.

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Course Hero, Inc. today announced the launch of Optimal Learn, a new Course Hero Flashcards feature that empowers students to master any Course Hero flashcard set by a given deadline.

Optimal Learn makes flashcard learning more efficient and effective by breaking down flashcard sets into manageable chunks and scheduling regular study sessions over a given period of time. When a student selects a Course Hero flashcard set and the deadline they need to know it by, Optimal Learn customizes a study program that actively keeps them on track toward achieving their goal.

Based on the theories of Spaced Repetition and the Learning Curve, Optimal Learn study programs emphasize repetition and take advantage of natural memory cycles by reminding students to study at the key intervals that maximize retention. Each study session follows a unique format that alternates between review segments and mini-quizzes that track the student’s level of mastery as they learn. Students then receive regular email notifications on their progress as well as reminders to study the next round of new content or review a previously studied session. This process ensures that students feel as confident with the material as possible by their deadline.

“Flashcards are an age-old study tool that aren’t used to their greatest potential,” says Andrew Grauer, CEO of Course Hero. “Digitizing flashcards--adding the ability to create, save, collaborate and share sets online—was the first step in improving the flashcard model. Now, with Optimal Learn, we’ve built a program that not only optimizes retention after a Course Hero flashcard study session, but also helps students stick to a productive study schedule.”

With Optimal Learn, Course Hero also launched the latest version of Course Hero Flashcards, a free digital flashcards application that allows users to create, review, quiz and share flashcard sets through the Course Hero platform. Course Hero Flashcards also incorporates a new social badging framework that rewards students at key milestones as they study.

“It’s about making the learning experience fun, accessible and customized,” Grauer added.

Optimal Learn and Course Hero Flashcards are free for all users and available at

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Course Hero provides a suite of online study resources that help students learn more effectively. Whether a student is interested in exploring new subjects or mastering key topics, Course Hero connects learners with the tools they need to achieve their goals. For more information, visit


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