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Horrible @ Geography :P

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Hi Everyone!

Thanksgiving break is coming up and it has been a really LONG time since I've blogged. Just to give an update on my life: I'm a Sophomore now and nearly through my first semester. (Woo-hoo! :D).



So far I've had a fantastic school year (just been bogged down with a lot homework). I've also been able to participate in the NaNoWriMo writing marathon. For those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's a month long writing marathon where writers write like crazy to reach a 50,000 word goal in thirty days. It is amazing and I'm having so much fun! But that's not what I came here to blog about. I'm here to tell you a "shocking" secret... well actually my parents know and so does my teacher... *takes a deep breath*... Alright! I confess...I'm horrible at Geography :P Especially World geography. If you're like me then you'll be looking for Paraguay on one continent and then suddenly realize that it's on the opposite continent. X) 

I'm always wondering..."How are people able to remember so much from country names to their longitude and latitude on the map, etc.? My only guess is that they spend a lot of time reviewing each country by either singing a song or staring at a map. It truly does amaze me ... Is it really possible to memorize roughly 200 country names and where they are on the map?

Well guess what? It is. Remembering where different continents, countries, and nations are, is all possible! :D

You may ask: Is it...

by using flashcards? Nope.

by staring at a world map? uhh not quite.

by singing a song? D: 

Actually it's more engaging than that. Allow me to present EdScout :) A cross platform app that drills you on where different countries are and also educates you on that country. It's a simple and affective way to learn your countries. My younger siblings are even better than me at it now... not kidding. :P

For example, (by the way this is a true story)

One night my whole family was sitting at the dinner table and Dad brought the iPad out to play EdScout. The iPad made its way around... my younger sister successfully found three countries without searching, my younger brother found 4 by searching, my mom also found three, and Dad... well, he knew most of them so he just watched us. When the iPad came to me, the first country came up and it was Costa Rica.

"Being that I am in Spanish 2, I should know this!" I thought. "My Spanish teacher went over it. Twice!"

I stared blankly at the South American continent. Unfortunately I did not get Costa Rica on the first tap. My fingers tapped randomly all over South American until finally! Finally I found it...

quite a sad story. I know...I'm working on it. :P 


Like the iLiveMath series, the EdScout series also was created from problems I had in school. Being the loving father that he was, my dad took the problem and worked hard to find a solution to help better educate me and my siblings. I'm really good at most subjects just geography...*sigh*... is a tough one. :)

I hope EdScout can help you brush up on your geography skills before finals :D

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


High School Product Manager



Abby is a high schooler and was the inspiration behind iLiveMath series.  She has been instrumental in the various themes for the iLive Series and continues to specify requirements and design for iPlanHomework, iPlanToWrite, QuizCloud, and PlanItWisely. She enjoys working as the computer savvy Product manager and loves creating and writing in different media.