Fiveable, a social learning platform dedicated to making test prep resources and support accessible to all students, has introduced new product features and games to further help high school students prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) exams taking place May 11-22. Per the recent shift to distance learning, as well as the College Board’s implementation of an altered, online exam format, Fiveable’s new offerings seek to keep teenagers engaged and motivated outside the classroom.
In addition to offering live streams, trivia events, and study guides spanning 15 different AP subjects free of charge, Fiveable has implemented three new features to encourage increased engagement as well as foster interactive and creative support for its students. Teachers, students, and parents can now access:
- 2020 Fiveable Olympics: The first annual Fiveable Olympics allows students who use the company’s platform to earn study points for each action taken—attending a live stream, watching a review video, playing trivia, reading a study guide or practicing an essay prompt. Teams of four can combine points to compete against each other and become eligible for rewards that include cash prizes, Amazon gift cards, and Fiveable merchandise. Daily challenges will be posted as well as opportunities to earn additional points through Instagram and TikTok. There will be individual winners, team winners, and a class winner, as teachers also have the ability to create their own dashboard and invite their students to compete together. An official Opening Ceremony will stream on Monday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. ET featuring a special performance by singers from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The games will be played through the last day of exams on May 22nd.
- HyperTyper: As the AP exam will now consist of one 45-minute essay question, Fiveable has built HyperTyper to help students hone their typing skills while learning new content by participating in timed typing exercises on a subject of their choice.
- Customizable Trivia: Enhanced capabilities are being added to the Fiveable trivia platform that allow students to create a customized game to play at their convenience. Students will have the option to set a timed game as well as choose from select questions across subjects and units of their choice.
“What we continue to hear from our AP students is that the main challenge with the transition to online learning is finding motivation to study while at home. Students are missing a level of accountability, and also that excitement to keep challenging themselves,” said Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of Fiveable. “Our intention is to supply students with the tools needed to solve that problem by igniting a new spark of motivation that encourages them to keep learning, interacting with their peers, and having fun.”
To better accommodate the 500% increase in users Fiveable experienced from February to March, developers and designers have been working diligently to develop new user-friendly content and features. In addition to the company’s team of creators—which consists of both teachers and students—creating thousands of pieces of new content, the company has made videos downloadable to better serve students with unreliable internet, updated their teacher dashboard with new features, and also created essay prompts that align with the new AP test format.
Creativity and engagement among Fiveable students has also taken shape in new forms, including the creation of a new student-run podcast called “Homeroom at Fiveable” where high schoolers of different backgrounds discuss topics that matter most to them, ranging from casual topics like TikTok to serious concerns and observations surrounding mental health.
Fiveable is a social learning platform dedicated to making test prep resources and support accessible to all students. On a mission to democratize learning by providing students with free, engaging, and educational content, Fiveable helps students master complex concepts and skills through interactive live streamed lessons and discussions, fun review games, and study guides. Fiveable was founded in 2018 by educator, activist and entrepreneur Amanda DoAmaral and has since raised nearly $1M in Seed funding led by Cream City Ventures. The company focuses primarily on Advanced Placement (AP) test prep and serves more than 67,000 students who, with Fiveable’s support, have achieved a 92% pass rate on the AP exam. For more information about Fiveable, please visit www.fiveable.me or follow on Facebook @thinkfiveable.