1. Gets rid of empty time spaces
Flash cards are convenient for those occasions when you only have a short window of opportunity to review. For example, if you’re waiting on a long line, you can use that 15-20 minutes of empty waiting time to quickly review your notes.
2. Easy memorization
Because when you look at a flash card, your attention is strictly on the one card at a time, it allows for easy concentration. This makes flashcards ideal for memorization of formulas, graphs and pictures.
Although it is exam time, life does not end. You still have obligations like family affairs and special events. During that time, you don’t want to lug around a textbook or large notebook. Flash cards are compact and easy to carry around. They can be slipped into your pants pocket or in a purse for quick revision.
4. Easy testing
Sometimes, even parents are not the best testers when it comes to quizzing you, on foreign languages like Spanish and French. Flash cards are designed so that you can self test easily without cheating! Or if you like, you can create a question and answer competition amongst a group of friends.
5. Content reinforcement
The preparation of the cards is study in itself. By writing down your questions, answers and facts you are reinforcing your knowledge of your subject content.
How to Make Your Own Flashcards
Flashcards are ridiculously easy to make. First; you locate index cards or some heavy duty paper which you can cut to the size of 5 inches by 3 inches.
Secondly, on one side of the flash card, you write a question e.g. “In what year did the Bahamas obtain its independence?” and on the back you write the answer “1973”. It’s that simple. You can do this for all of your subjects.
I have not found any subject yet, that cannot be studied using flash cards.
What about you? Are there any special ways you study that works best?