People have used flashcards for learning for a long time. But how much do you know about this tool?
What are flashcards?
Flashcards are small pieces of paper containing images, text, and other types of visuals. Flashcards usually have information on both sides. The front side can be a question or a hint, and the other side provides the answer. In short, flashcards are a form of “answer to a question.”
“The questions” don’t need to be formatted as questions. They can be definitions for terms that have explanations. They can also be symbols that contain particular meanings.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you’re learning Japanese. On the front side, you can write “さくら.” The other side will be the answer to that alien term, “Cherry blossom.”
You can also include examples and romaji (the romanization of Japanese).
Why do we use flashcards?
We can use flashcards as a self-testing method to monitor learning. Flashcards can trigger our memory and help your brain retain the information.
Let’s talk about the information from your textbook. Do you remember what you’ve read? Probably not, because we don’t force our brains to memorize things while reading.
Flashcards give you questions and instant grading. The process of active recall makes your brain think and find correct answers. That’s why the information will stay longer when using flashcards.
Who should use flashcards?
Flashcards act as an aid to teaching and learning. That means not only students can benefit from using flashcards.
Teachers can use flashcards for fun activities in class. For example, teachers introduce new definitions or vocabularies while showing flashcards. It will be more engaging if the flashcards contain exciting visuals.
Teachers can design games based on flashcards. A simple game can be “Matching pairs.” The flashcards are one-sided printed. Teachers can make each card with a question or an answer, not both. Students will flip the cards to find the matching pairs.
There are endless activities that can use flashcards effectively. Stay tuned as we will bring more ideas to you!
Learners (you don’t need to be a student to use flashcards for learning)
Learners can create flashcards and review them multiple times. Don’t panic. You don’t need to cram it like crazy every day! We can tell you that there are lots of methods that work for you out there. But we will keep it on another post. Stay tuned!
Make sure you select the information that matters to you instead of putting everything on your flashcards. It would help if you were honest to yourself when it comes to the question “did I remember this?”. Speaking the answers out loud or writing them down can help you monitor your learning progress.
There are tons of flashcards for toddlers. Parents can use them or design ones that are suitable for your kids. The beauty of flashcards is that they are customizable. You know your kids best and what they want to learn.
And hey, you don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful flashcards. Have a look at Pinterest, Instagram, or Google image. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of inspirations!
Digital flashcards for learning and teaching? Of course!
There are several sources that you can use to create flashcards for learning. They can be websites or apps. You have a lot of options out there. It’s easy to get access to them as long as you connect to the internet. Some famous virtual flashcards makers are Quizlet, Anki, and Brainscape.
The Memoa app will be released in no time. We’ll include gamification features and spaced repetition techniques in the app. If you’re interested in the idea, we’ll be so glad to have your thoughts about your dream flashcard app.