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Dec 13 2021
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WHAT ARE FLASHCARDS, AND HOW TO USE THEM?

Varun

You don’t tend to forget the information you need on a daily basis, right?

WHAT ARE FLASHCARDS, AND HOW TO USE THEM?

Are you tired of flipping pages to revise concepts?

We’ve all been there, trying to flip through pages standing outside the exam hall, trying to do a last-minute revision. It is a frustrating experience. I mean, finding where you wrote that formula in your 300-page notebook? Tell me a more frustrating experience. Flashcards might just do the trick for you.

Flashcards are small note cards where users can concisely write information. Flashcards are typically two-sided, with the prompt on one side and the information about the prompt on the other. This may include names, vocabulary, concepts, or procedures. They allow learners to interact with information in a way that makes it easier to retain. They are strategically designed to enhance and encourage active recall. Active recall is when you actively stimulate your memory for a piece of information.

Flashcards are also great tools to practice Spaced Repetition/Learning.

What is Spaced Repetition/Learning?

Spaced repetition, also known as distributed practice, is a highly successful learning method in which lessons/concepts are retaken at increasing intervals until embedded entirely in the long-term memory.

Hermann Ebbinghaus created the groundwork for spaced repetition research. He proposed that information loss follows a forgetting curve over time but that forgetting may be reset with repetition based on active recall. Forgetting and learning are mostly linked, and that’s precisely why doing practice papers and teaching other people are the most effective ways for you to revise what you have learned.

You don’t tend to forget the information you need on a daily basis, right? Because you are repeating almost the same routine every day.

Experts suggest that writing information out on a flashcard will help in the learning process. Practising active recall creates stronger neural connections in the brain — making it a very effective method for improving memory. So you won’t forget things you learned an hour ago anymore!

How to use flashcards?

There is no one way to use flashcards. Ideally, you can use them however you want to. But people generally follow one template. The format, usually a question on one side of the card and the answer on the other, requires learners to look at one side and recall the information from the other side.

And to be honest, preparing these flashcards manually becomes a task in itself. Of course, if you are a fan of the good old ways of using pen and paper, go for it!  But if you don’t have the time or the motivation to make flashcards manually, you don’t have to worry about that in today’s world. There are a lot of applications out there to help you with the same. You can create a ton of flashcards in a matter of minutes.

And one such platform is Zuperly. What’s so special about it compared to the other platforms? Zuperly has all other tools to help you with learning as well. So that you don’t have to use a different platform just to make flashcards, just imagine one platform for all your learning needs. But you don’t have to keep imagining; it’s already out there!

Are you still confused? Fret not! We’ve made a few flashcard sets on Zuperly for you to get started. Once you get the hang of it, make a bunch of your own flashcards and learn efficiently!