Flashcards are a tried and tested study aid. Look at the word or definition on one side, and test yourself to see if you can remember the answer written on the other. The old-fashioned 3" x 5" index card remains a staple in the academic world because the act of writing aids in retention.
Flashcards also have other proven neurological benefits:
In a digital age where some people can't even find a pen on their desk, online flashcards are a great help. Millions of learners use them every day for a variety of reasons, from language learning, to university coursework, to studies of personal interest. And why not expand our memory banks while we wait in line at the DMV or the grocery store?
Online flashcards are a tremendous benefit to you, personally, but also offer an exciting interactive component. Most databases allow you to connect with friends and share your flashcards. There's no better feeling than being "in it together" when it's crunch time for a big exam.
While flashcards can be used to study nearly every subject, they've proven particularly beneficial to those looking to expand their English vocabulary or retain essential vocabulary when learning a foreign language. Context-based learning is important, too; when conducting a language study, we need to understand words in relation to their overall context. However, the rote-memorization offered by flashcards is beneficial for all the cognitive reasons listed above, as well as their mobility and quick-and-easy method of study.
YourDictionary's Word Lists & Flash Cards allow you to create your own flashcards that can be used as a simple one-on-one quiz session, or a group game. Simply follow these quick and easy steps:
As well as entering the words manually, you can search for words in the YourDictionary definitions and add them to your list simply by clicking “add to word list” in the top-right corner. You can choose to keep each of your lists private or make them public. Once that list is created, YourDictionary will populate their definition and meaning for you! Studying has never been easier.
Before creating your own flashcards, you can search the public lists from YourDictionary and other users to see if someone’s done the work for you. Do you want to retain as many adverbs as possible for English class? YourDictionary provides an Adverbs List containing 168 words that will help you expand your vocabulary beautifully.
Need to refresh your memory on a List of Musical Terms for music theory or band practice? Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, you can click "Study Flash Cards" and keep reviewing key terms, such as “staccato” or “legato.” Over 2,000 students have found these cards helpful in their musical studies.
If you're preparing to study popular sciences, you might want to take a look at these flashcards on Earth Science. They will help you review such tricky scientific terms as asthenosphere, gaseous and nebular and make you feel more comfortable using them in your writing or presentation.
If you can see yourself scrolling through your flashcard list when you have some downtime, then online flashcards are surely the way to go. If, however, you prefer tangible index cards in your hand, don’t worry. We've still got you covered!
This printable sheet for blank flashcards can be used to handwrite your flashcards. Again, that act of placing pen on paper does aid in the recall of new information.
Nowadays, there are numerous website and apps that allow you to create your own flashcards, share with others, and study from pre-made cards. Here are a few resources for you to enjoy:
Whether you're a student, teacher, or lifelong learner, pairing flashcards with other context-based learning will help you achieve your educational goals. Make them as colorful and creative as you like—add images to online flashcards or use colored pens, highlighters, and drawings on handwritten cards. Don’t forget to have some fun with your friends and share your new word lists and flashcards.