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In favour of flashcards

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.

Spaced repetition systems (SRS) enhance this technique by automatically scheduling reviews.

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Flashcard failures

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 editing to fit your purpose.
  • Bad card design: Simply copy and paste stuff fro...

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Flashcards work well when used appropriately

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 designed the cards badly or other forms of practice may work better for you. If you love flashcards, ...

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Designing good flashcards

  • 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.
  • Questions should be something you need.

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Learning with flashcards

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 of information to memorise, flashcards will help you the best.
  • But flashcards can ...

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