Ways To Make Flash Cards More Efficient

Written by Moosa

Flashcards are one of the most popular study aids, and for good reason: they encourage active recall, which is one of the most effective ways for our brains to learn.

  • The following are some of the common mistakes individuals make when creating and studying flashcards:
  • They’re being created in a method that relies only on rote memorization.
  • Making sophisticated cards that don’t need genuine recall, causes individuals to confuse recognition with actual knowledge
  • Flashcards should not be used excessively or when another tool or study approach would be more efficient in learning these methods.

To begin, create your flashcards. Many individuals like collaborating on flashcard decks. You may download ready-made decks from a variety of flashcard applications and resources and begin studying right away.

Cardmaking using Paper

One of the most important aspects of the learning process in action. Taking in new information and debating it in your thoughts. Use them to come up with innovative methods to convey words, pictures, and data.

As a consequence, strong brain connections emerge, allowing you to recall information later.

If you’re using store-bought flashcards, you may skip this step completely. In the vast majority of situations, the time saved is insignificant. By designing your own flashcards, you may also customize and enhance your cards.

Using visuals and words together

Postcards that have images on them stand out. The image superiority effect is a cognitive psychology concept that outlines how individuals recall visual representations better than spoken information. From an evolutionary standpoint, this is a good thing.

Only roughly 5,000 years have passed since the invention of writing (Homo sapiens have roamed the Earth for the same purpose).

Our brains have evolved extremely sensitive to visuals, and Homo sapiens has been roaming the globe for almost 200,000 years. Where food is, monsters that attempt to consume us or stomp and kill us – these things matter a lot more to our brains than scribbles on paper.

Flashcards with images

This does not, however, imply that graphics should be used in place of text on cards. Our brains are remarkably adaptive, and it turns out that visuals and words combined are more effective than plain drawings.

“Descriptions that follow a picture are likely to draw attention and be repeated after the image,” according to a 1985 research in Toronto.

You may boost your brain’s capacity to recall what you’ve learned by placing descriptive sentences or single terms next to visuals. Nothing will go wrong if you have a solid productivity plan in place. You’ll learn how to set up a to-do list, calendar, note system, file management, and more in less than an hour.

Using Mnemonic Devices to Mentally Connect

I chose to learn and remember the Periodic Table of the Elements in preparation for writing this piece. I expected this to be a major problem because I never studied chemistry in high school, and science currently excites me considerably more than it did back then. I was able to make my flash animations as well.

Mnemonic Devices for Flash Cards

Above are a few of my chemical cards.

Some of my chemical cards are displayed above, which you may find unusual. What does the element have to do with all of these weird graphics?

The color sequence in the visible spectrum is abbreviated as BIV. It’s a well-known mnemonic that nearly everyone is familiar with. Rhyme can be used as a mnemonic device. You’ve probably heard something like this before:

In 1492, Christopher Columbus traveled the seven seas. This poem isn’t meant to indicate how horrible Columbus was as a person, but it does serve as a reminder of the day. Associative pictures, like abbreviations and rhymes, are excellent mnemonics.

Here’s how to see it in the case of Homework Answers.

The neon sign helps Marlin find Neon. Neon is a neon color.

“Oh oh oh oh.” The diver shouts when the oxygen bond is broken. Oxygen (O)

C3Po warmly welcomes all carbon-based life forms. C stands for carbon.

Neo Cortex is a character from Crash Nitro Cart with a big N on his forehead.

The weirder and weirder your connection is, the easier it will be remembered. This is because the brain has evolved to remember abnormal events. It easily removes trivial elements like morning coffee conversations or the ninja turtles on your panties this morning.

So keep making weird images. Also, keep in mind that you design these cards yourself. It doesn’t matter whether those connections make sense to other people or not. They have to make their greeting cards.

Each card must contain only one question. 

As a result, the flash drive is ejected. Write “First Airplane” on the front. Then I add some facts on the backside.

The Wright Flyer is an aircraft designed by the Wright brothers that flew in 1903.

 Made 4 flights. A sprocket chain drive was used and voila, you are the proud owner of a defective flash drive. That’s why.

Listing many facts on one card can easily lead to the illusion of competence.

Illusion of Ability

It happens when you think you know something, but you don’t know. So keep making weird images. Also, keep in mind that you are making these cards yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s for someone else or not.

Our brains excel at identifying objects we’ve seen before. Recall, on the other hand, is the act of recalling something from memory without clear cues.

You risk making this mistake by scanning a flash drive with multiple data. Let’s say later, during a training session, you receive a “First Flight” card. You are on the move and your brain quickly remembers the first three. Check out Wright’s flyer!

Check the year… 1903! I’ve flown it four times… no problem.  You can avoid this mistake by ensuring that each card contains only one question or fact.

Decompose difficult concepts into a series of questions.

This suggestion builds on the prior one, but it’s significant enough to need its mention.  Some notions or ideas are simply too complicated to be contained in a single question. To be studied effectively with flashcards, these types of subjects must be divided down into several questions.

Element Groups in the Periodic Table Flash Card

Take a look at the card above. Here’s how to color the periodic table to represent different groups of elements. This is a good way to study these factors.

Technically, we can formulate one question here. “What are the  groups of elements on the periodic table?”

However, flipping the card reveals:

There is a map that once again encourages the illusion of this unpleasant experience. You can name all but one of the groups of elements, but the last group is the most difficult.

If you create a card that simply asks for one of these configuration groups, the moment you flip it over, you’ll know you got it right.

Say your answers out loud as you study.

In the past, when studying with flashcards, I always studied quietly by myself. As a result, I got annoyed when my girlfriend asked me to help her scan her art history cards.

But now I understand what she’s trying to do. By forcing me to ask her questions on her card, she was forced to publish her answers and ask me to confirm. Another way to control the illusion of these experiences is to use this technique.  If you don’t have friends or loved ones who are hesitant to ask a question, you can achieve much of the same by repeating your answer aloud before flipping a card. I check the answer before checking like this.

View the card from both sides.

  • When studying the card, check both sides of the card. This allows you to build powerful brain circuits that can be tracked in both directions. Learning to skate in both normal and fun poses is the same.
  • Otherwise, you will only remember one side of the map.
  • Chemical symbol for element beryllium, such as Be. You can ask follow-up questions like, “What is the chemical symbol for beryllium?” If you have cards with symbols and  element names on either side, but always ask yourself “what does that mean?” and then completely choke on the answer. So, my friend, make this interactive channel for science homework help.

Don’t think of flashcards as magic bullets.

Flashcards are just one way to view content. Depending on the type of content you are learning and where you are in the learning process, many alternatives may be more helpful. Instead of using flashcards, consider:

  • Think of your explanation. Take the quiz.
  • Take a mock exam that someone else has already written.
  • Solve a variety of real-world problems (strategies for moving into mathematics).
  • Create a Venn diagram or mind map.

Flashcards are useful, but only useful, for exploring the relationship between two pieces of knowledge. This is useful for memorizing definitions, lexical terms, etc., but makes it a poor tool for learning visually or organizationally structured material.

Use flashcards to memorize the atomic numbers of all elements of the periodic table. There is no obvious relationship between numbers and element names, so you have to rely entirely on mnemonics.

Also, the location of the periodic table greatly simplifies the study of these numbers. You can easily proceed to the steps of recognizing groups and applying additional mnemonics to populate the entire table from memory.

You can then check the box and determine its number.

Improved Flashcards = Improved Learning. Whatever subject you are studying, we hope these tips will help you create better flashcards in the future.

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