The wonderful world of flash cards

What are flash cards?

Flash cards are a brilliant tool used to break large topics down into smaller chunks of information. By having a short question on one side, and a story or explanation on the other, they are perfect for users to test themselves, or others, by revealing hints. They can be used in all forms of education, from number bonds in primary school all the way up to University. Practice really does make perfect with education, and by using flash cards you can become a true expert in any subject.

 

Why do they work?

Like all things in life, if you repeat an activity enough it will become second nature. Education is no different. By offering your brain little reminders by turning flash cards over to reveal the other side, they are perfect for drumming information into the brain.

They allow you to actively decide which cards you struggle with most, and then to focus on this. This allows you to really tailor your, or your child’s learning in a way that schools may not be able to do in a classroom setting.

Another reason that we believe that flash cards are super useful, are because they can be fun. As soon as you treat a ‘boring’ activity as a game, be that spotting certain objects on a long car journey, or studying maths, it will undoubtably make it more entertaining. By setting target scores or creating parent vs child type games, it will really bring the topic to life, and make what is learnt far more memorable.

Often, children are capable in their work, however lack the confidence needed to convince them to get the answer. When they can see that they are getting flash cards correct, it really has an impact on confidence. I’m sure you can imagine the real positive future implications in all social interactions if our children can be more confident in their ability.

 

Best way to use them?

Flash cards can be used in a variety of ways, and the ability to adapt the learning method to the student is what is so great about them. For example, they could be used to learn topics from scratch, and using the questions as a way of testing whilst learning. Furthermore, they could be used after the actual content has been learnt, just as a way of revision.

It can be useful to try out different techniques such as;

  • Shuffling the decks so that each you don’t just remember the order of the answers. This is a great test that you really know the answers
  • You can place cards into “I do know this” and “I don’t know this” piles, so that you can focus on the areas that you really find difficult

 

References

https://www.carsondellosa.com/blog/studying-101-why-flash-cards-work/

https://www.petersons.com/blog/why-flashcards-work/