Should You Use Flashcards to Learn? | Scott H Young - Deepstash
Learning with flashcards

Flashcards can be a powerful learning tool, but they can also be a waste of time.

  • They are powerful because retrieval and spacing are key to memory. If you have a lot ...

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Should You Use Flashcards to Learn? | Scott H Young

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Flashcards are about retrieval practice. You put a question on one side and the answer on the back. By trying to say the answer before you look, you strengthen the memory link.

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  • Each question should only have one answer.
  • Questions should not contain redundancy.
  • Questions should be simple. A more complex problem should be broken into smaller parts.

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Traps you can fall into with flashcards.

  • Using off-the-shelf flashcard decks: You may think that pre-made flashcards save time, but many of the pre-made decks need edi...

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Flashcards are vastly superior to passive review techniques. They work well when used appropriately.

If you have used flashcards before, but they were not effective, chances are you either d...

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