Teaching with Flashcards?

For many students, flashcards are an important and everyday part of the learning experience. As a teacher, you may be either a fan of using flashcards or more skeptical to the idea. The latter largely stems from misconceptions about the use of flashcards or a lack of truly knowing what to do with them in a classroom setting.

While they are not truly a means of instruction, flashcards can be utilized by teachers in a number of ways. One important factor to consider is that assigning flashcards to a learner can in fact be an encouragement to study later: If the material is readily available, why not take a quick look to brush up on the material? Below is a re-post of an article written for the Brainscape blog, which takes a closer look at some assumptions about flashcards and teaching. Read on to learn more.

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How to Learn with Flashcards: 3 Steps

Do you really need a guide to teach you how to study using flashcards? Well, I don’t know; do you? Yes, the concept is simple and I will not try to – or be able to – revolutionize it in this article: You read the question/prompt on one side, (try to) recall the answer on the second side and move on. Simple.

The steps I propose focus more on the overall study process than the singular act of reviewing one card. How, when and where do you use flashcards, or more importantly: how should you do it? Continue reading

5 Golden Rules for Creating Great Flashcards

There is much to be said on the topic of how to create strong and efficient flashcards. After all, that is the whole point of this website. But we need to start somewhere, and what better way to begin than by giving you the ultimate guide to creating something truly useful and valuable. So without further ado, here are 5 golden rules to help you get the most out of your flashcards. Continue reading