Flashcards are a super way of actively studying. If you haven’t already tried this very effective study technique than give it a go today. So many students find them to be very useful and an efficient way of studying. Through using recall skills you are practicing the skill you need in an exam situation. They engage the student; they appeal to kinaesthetic learners as they are hands-on, they are a good way for auditory learners to study if you call the answers out loud and if you are creative in making them using plenty of colour and sketches they will appeal to the visual learner also. So what are you waiting for? Here are some great suggestions on different ways that you can make flashcards work for you.
- Language Vocabulary. This is probably the most obvious way in which the flashcard can be used. You write the English version of the word on one side, the equivalent word in the other language be it French, German, Irish etc. You can test yourself in both ways by reading the English word and recalling the studied language or in reverse. A great and easy way to keep vocabulary fresh in your mind.
- Verbs: Similar to the vocabulary use of the card you can also use it to recall verbs in your studied language. Think of the Irish verb ‘Faigh’ (To Get) This is different in the 3 tenses. So one side of the flashcard could say ‘To Get’ past, present, future in the first person. The reverse will say, Fuair mé, Fagaim, Gheobhaidh mé. This is an effective way of testing yourself on the tenses, especially for irregular verbs.
- Definitions: Moving away from the languages. Flashcards are a great way of learning definitions and this can be applied to any subject. All subjects will have their own terminology so there are many, many definitions you could learn in this way. Again you can test yourself in reverse using this type of flashcard.
- Formulae: Any formulae that need to be learned off by heart can be checked through use of a flashcard.
- Quotes: A great way to practice learning quotes. Write a brief description of the quote on one side and the official quote on the other side.
- Grammar rules: Another good one for the languages. An example taken from Irish might be to test knowledge of the urú. Example ask yourself what urú goes before a letter. See example of flashcard below
- Diagrams labels: Draw a diagram without any labels but place arrows where the labels should go. On the reverse draw the diagram and insert the labels. Don’t create too many labels to ensure you can remember the answers you gave.
- Condensed material: My last suggestion for a use of flashcard is to condense material into a flashcard. Instead of writing lengthy paragraphs create neat, efficient and effective flashcards. Example: to study Biology one side of the card could contain the information – What are the 6 stages of Mitosis? It is important to write a number on the card so you know what you are aiming for. You need to recall 6 words. List the 6 stages on the reverse side. You can then go into more detail in each stage and create a separate flashcard looking for the keyword in each stage.
There are so many ways flashcards can be incorporated into your study plan. I think they are a very interactive way of studying. They are great way to get a bit of learning in when you have time to kill, e.g. waiting on a friend or sitting on the bus. For those of you who can’t be trusted to have a pack in your pocket at all times, you might benefit from making online flashcards. There is a great site goconqr.com that allows you to make flashcards. You can access these cards on your phone so you are never without them. Another great feature is that you can share your flashcards with friends online, so if you teamed up with a few friends you could have the whole course covered through use of flashcards.
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