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

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