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New crowdfunding campaign to support study habits

05 May 2015

Wellington-based Karen Boyes has launched a crowdfunding campaign to in the hopes to turn a board game that helps students study into reality.

The board game aims to help students aged 11 and over learn how to study and absorb information more effectively.

The Study Smarter is a game of life and skill designed to improve a student’s chance of exam success through play. The game can be played at home or school and is specific to secondary and tertiary students looking to improve grades and exam results.

Boyes and her team have set up a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign to raise $37,000 to complete the design process and go to manufacture.

“Basically we have 37 days to pre-sell board games, webinars, study packs and more, to ascertain interest before going to print.” Boyes explains.

Crowdfunding is a relatively new way of gaining exposure and the goal of this campaign is to reach those who share the vision of educating through active learning and create a community of like-minded people, Boyes says.

The Study Smarter Board Game encompasses memory skills, learning strategies, how to set up an effective study environment, exam strategies, motivation, as well as what not to do when studying.

Boyes is the designer and facilitator of the Study Smarter workshops and webinars and has over 20 years of research on how the brain actually learns.

She has won awards including NZ Educator 2014, NZ Speaker 2013 and NZ Business Woman 2001.

Boyes is the author of several books including “27 Study Tips for Success”

"We’re really excited to be launching our campaign", she says. "This is something anyone can use to jumpstart their student’s studying.” 

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