STUDY USING FLASHCARDS!

January 27, 2018

Do you want to make your study time more effective and fun? Then here's an age old idea for helping you memorize complex information and important points in your subjects. 

 

 

You can learn anything faster and better, From ABCs and Multiplication tables to Periodic tables, all about the Parts of Speech, every Historical date and event to details of all the Geographical landmarks. Flash cards can really help You-yes YOU- to easily recall any information you have played with using FLASHCARDS. 

 

So what are flashcards? 

These are pieces of paper cut into regular shapes like squares, rectangles or even circles that contain a question on one side and the answer on the other side. 

 

The question is the first thing that gets read out and you must try to say the correct answer before looking at the back where the answer is contained.  You earn or lose points for your accuracy. Its a Game you can play by yourself or with a group and every your family will enjoy learning and helping you learn this way.

 

How to Make Flash Card


Want to make some killer flash cards? You can make flash cards for nearly any subject. In order to make flash cards, you’ll need to get your materials together, identify key information, and then physically make them.

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Find a place to work. Have a well lit working area where you are away from distractions and have all tools ready. You want to devote your entire attention to your flash cards. Some people enjoy having music playing in the background. If this is you, feel free to enjoy your preferred auditory stimuli, just make sure that they don’t distract you from your task.

2
Collect your materials together. This means that you should have your flash cards and textbook ready. Have a good pen, markers, highlighters, and whatever other writing implements you’d like to use.
At this stage, you’ll also need to decide what medium you want to use to make your flash cards. Will you choose paper and pen or will you create digital flash cards? Ultimately, it is a matter of preference. Studies have shown that most students retain information better if they have to write out the materials. Yet, the convenience of having your flash cards on your phone may outweigh other concerns.

3
Highlight the most important information. Identify salient information in your notes and text book. Summarize them down into their key parts so that you can transfer them to your flashcards — in a physical or a digital form. You can do this by underlining your notes or the textbook. If you cannot write in your textbook, write on a separate sheet of paper or create a separate file in a word processor on your computer.
Eventually, you will develop a system of note-taking that will make flash cards easier to make. Some of the easiest ways of doing this are to highlight or underline key sections your teacher stresses. Some people use asterisks, dashes, or other symbols to set off important text from the rest of their notes.

4
Write the key term or concept on one side of the flash card. Write it in large letters so it will be easy for you to read. Don’t want to include too much information on this side. The point of flash cards is to just see a basic question or concept and then be able to identify more information about that topic. If your teacher has given you key questions to consider, you might just write out the question on this side. Keep this side of the card as simple as possible e.g keypoint-A RUDIMENTARY ANIMAL HAS FOUR STOMACHS
Face of flashcard- HOW MANY STOMACHS DOES RUDIMENTARY ANIMAL HAVE? 

OR 

A RUDIMENTARY ANIMAL HAS __________ STOMACHS.


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Write short, concise notes on the other side of the flash card. Your goal is to summarize the key information on the second side of the flashcard. Don’t rewrite a teacher's entire note. Take the most important points your teacher emphasizes and bullet point them on the notecard.
Write with pencil or light ink so that this information doesn't bleed to the other side of the card.
Draw diagrams if you need to. Don’t be afraid to include additional information on the back of your notecards, as long it is essential information to the studying process.

6
Make sure your writing is large, clear, and well-spaced. If your writing is small, you will not be able to read it easily and if it's crowded you will have too much to take in at one time. Writing clearly will enable you to read your notes easily.
If you find yourself including too much detail on your notecards, either try to reduce it further or break it up into several notecards. In this case, you can place the key word on the first side with some kind of hint or number bracket.  

 

Now, watch this short tutorial to see how you too can get started making your flashcards starting with your favorite subjects! 

 

HOW TO MAKE FLASHCARDS VIDEO  

 

HOW TO USE THEM EFFECTIVELY

 

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Take your time to make flash cards. This may be the biggest “no brainer” step of all, because you need to have good information on the card if it’s going to be helpful. Try to think of making flash cards as part of the study process, not just a step that allows you to study. It is oftentimes the first foray into the study process for you. Pay close attention to the material. Try to add your own insight while you are making them. It will help you remember the information later on.
Some researchers even think that hand-written flash cards work more effectively than those made on MS Word, with other software programs, or online. Princeton and UCLA psychologists found that information retention increases when students are forced to write it out on paper. Your brain is forced to process the new material in a different way than if you simply type it out verbatim.[10]

2
Test yourself frequently. Don’t just make the flash cards and look them over right before a test. Reference them frequently. Set aside a chunk of study time when you won’t be disturbed. Go through the notecards methodically. Keep them at hand throughout the day and reference a couple during television commercials, when you are sitting on the bus, or waiting in line at the grocery store. Your goal is to know the entire stack backwards, forwards, and mixed up. You can only do this if you test yourself frequently.[11]

3
Have someone test you. It doesn’t matter if the other person is in your class or not. All they have to do is be able to read to you what you’ve written on the card. Have them show you one side of the card. You then explain the material on the other side, making sure that you use key phrases.
If you are new to the information, you might even have your study helper show you the side with the information and then you say the key word.[12]

4
Keep your notecards until you are absolutely sure that you don’t need them. One of the biggest mistakes that students make is discarding their flash cards after the quiz or exam. Information compounds over the course of the semester and from one class to the next. If you are taking a course that has several parts, consider creating a much larger “bank” of flash cards to reference in the coming months. 

 

So what are you waiting for? Go and get the supplies and start Making your notes into FLASHCARDS. 

 

However, if you find it a bit tedious or time consuming, or if you discover you're not as artistic as you thought, don't worry, you can always purchase our cute ready made flashcards in the Topflight College shop and begin playing...I mean, studying asap.

 

It's always a pleasure to help you out anyway by that I can, so let me what you think of this idea in the comment section below. Thanks and God bless.

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