5 Questions for Andrew Cohen, founder of Brainscape

Do you consider yourself a dedicated flashcard user? If so, just how dedicated are you? Some people are satisfied simply using flashcards, knowing that they are an efficient study tool for a variety of learning. Others may try to get their friends hooked. Then there is Andrew Cohen, who went the extra step towards spreading the word about flashcards. Several years ago, the idea for Brainscape was born out of necessity: He needed a smart study tool that did not exist, so he created it. His intelligent flashcard software took off; six years after it was born Brainscape offers hundreds of decks on a wide variety of subjects that are being studied by over a million users across the globe on both web and mobile. Continue reading

Converting non-Users to Flashcard Enthusiasts

Everyone has their very own unique study method and tools – which is exactly the way it should be. Different students have to take different approaches to learn efficiently and make their way in school/university/life. But the important thing is: You have to try different things to find out what really works for you. Who knows, maybe that one technique or tool that always seemed so tedious turns out to be just perfect for you! That being said: Even if you hate flashcards, give them a chance. Someone with a mission to optimize learning so it will one day be as efficient as possible could actually change your mind. Continue reading

Practice Makes Perfect: a Flashcard Infographic

Are you a fan of infographics? Well, whether you like them or not, there is no escaping them in this day and age. It seems like a new one pops up every other week with the sole goal of informing you on a trending topic. Facts and figures disguised as pretty pictures seem to be quite popular and personally, I enjoy this trend. There’s just something about reading an interesting fact or relevant numbers on the topic of your choice spiced up with a fun comparison or witty picture. All that said, I was thrilled that Course Hero decided to give flashcards the infographic treatment. Check it out below and be amazed at the genius of flashcards! Continue reading

Reading Disentangled – The Beginnings of Flashcards

We all know and use flashcards as a common and effective study tool for memorizing information. The ‘traditional’ flashcard is an empty rectangular piece of lined or checkered paper or carton that allows for notes to be written down. Finished cards can also be bought for a wide variety of subjects. In the 21st century, flashcards, like other paper sources, are slowly being replaced by electronic devices that offer the same features. As it’s common knowledge, you were already well aware of all of this. Continue reading

The Reason for Flashcards

What better way to kick off a blog with than writing about what you will, from now on, spend a good part of your time writing about? If you’ve come to this blog you probably came with the hope of finding advice, guidance or maybe just a few useful tips. I can give you that. But what I can also give to you is a reason, an answer to that big ‘WHY?’ that still seems to surround flashcards.Why would anyone devote an entire website to them? Why are they an effective study tool? And lastly but most importantly: Why, oh why, would anyone ever even use them? Continue reading

Welcome to Flashcards Guru!

You’ve found your way to my little blog, so chances are you are actually interested in the concept of flashcards or are already an avid user. If that’s the case – welcome! Should you be a flashcard skeptic instead, I’ll do my very best to convince you of their value. Whatever it is, we have a lot to discuss…

To help you get started, take a look at the blog guide I put together!

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