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Effective Learning Strategies and Study Skills- Part 2

By Meaghan Montrose

This is the second post in the series. Now that you have the appropriate learning environment set up (refer to Part 1 of the series) you are ready to start studying!

This post is going to focus on the use of FLASH CARDS to study. Using flash cards is a great way to review and memorize basic facts and concepts that you are learning. Here are some tips and suggestions:

1. What should you use flash cards for?
Flash cards work best for studying small pieces of information such as vocabulary terms, important dates or names. They will not be useful for understanding larger concepts such as “Why did the South lose the Civil War?” or “How does a light bulb work?”. These are bigger concepts that require a different approach such as concept mapping. (stay tuned for future posts!)

2. How do you make the flash cards?
You can make the cards on index cards or cut up pieces of paper to be approximately the size of index cards (3×5 or 4×6). Make a list of pieces of information that you want to study. If you are using vocabulary terms, write the word on one side of the card and the definition on the other side. If you need to remember specific dates of important events, write the date on one side and the name of the event on the other side.

3. When should you make the cards?
It is best to start creating cards once you begin learning the topic. Don’t wait until right before the test to make your flash cards. Every day or two after school you can make up more flash cards to add to the unit that you are studying.

4. How do you use the flash cards?
Randomly shuffle the completed cards. Read one side of the card and (without looking) say what is written on the back of the card. Example: If you are studying dates of important events and you read “Declaration of Independence” on one side you should say “1776”. After saying what is written on one side, check your answer. If you are correct, put the card in one pile, if you are incorrect put the card in another pile. Keep the correct cards off to the side and continue to go over the incorrect cards until you have mastered all of them.
Next, flip the cards over and repeat the same process going the opposite way. Example: Go from the date to the event this time.

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2 Responses to “Effective Learning Strategies and Study Skills- Part 2”

  1. WonderMOM Says:

    Good advice. I like the series and look forward to more!

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