How to Create Effective Flashcards
In some classes, making flashcards to learn vocabulary is a huge key to being successful! If you are taking a class this semester that relies on having good flashcards, you have come to the right place! I will teach you all my tips for creating and studying from flashcards to help you ace your classes!
First, you will want to decide what type of flashcard to use. Here's a quick list of my favorites, and we will go into more detail for each type in a minute.
Vocabulary: These flashcards have a vocabulary word on one side, and the definition on the other.
Concept: These types of flashcards help you learn concepts rather than vocabulary.
Reminder: These flashcards are one-sided, to really test your memory and understanding!
Formula: Best used for math and science classes, when you are learning a lot of different formulas and processes.
These flashcards have a vocabulary word on one side, and the definition on the other. They are most helpful for English and anatomy classes, where you are constantly learning new words. To use vocab flash cards, put them in a stack with the vocabulary word on top. Flip through the cards, reciting the definition to yourself. After you say the definition, check the back of the card to make sure you got it right. If you did, start a new pile of "complete" cards. You will only review these twice a week, to make sure you still remember them. Any words that you could only give a partial definition, put in your "check" pile. These you will continue to review with the cards you don't know, but are close to being complete! All the cards you couldn't define will stay in a pile called "learning" cards. You should review your "learning" and "check" cards every day, until all your cards are "complete!"
Mitochondria : powerhouse of the cell
These cards can be used for ideas that are hard to define but you need to understand. They work well for history and language classes. On one side of the card, write the concept. On the other side, write 3-5 facts about the concept. These don't have to be written in full sentences, whatever will help trigger your brain. The goal is to associate the concept word with those 3-5 facts, so that when you see questions with either the word or the fact, your brain will associate the two together.
D-Day : June 6, 1944; US, England, and Canada stormed Normandy Beach, beginning of the end for World War II
On the front of each card, you will just write the word. These cards can be used for any subject, as they simply test your memory. The goal is to get through the cards as quickly and accurately as possible. There's nothing written on the other side of the card, so you can't cheat and look at the other side!
These cards are most helpful for math and science classes, when you are learning formulas and processes. On the front side of the card, you will write out the full formula or the name of the process (if you have cards lined on one side, use the blank side for the formula and the lined side for the back). On the back, you will include each piece of the formula and what it stands for. You'll know that you have learned these flashcards when you can correctly identify the necessary formula to solve a problem, and plug in the numbers correctly to get the right answer.
E=mc^2 : Energy = mass x speed of light (squared)
That's it! Now you are ready to make flashcards for all your classes! Even if your teachers don't require flashcards for a class, they make a very handy study tool. Good luck studying!