Flash Card Making Tips

Flash cards are a great way to summarise your notes, learn definitions and answer single sentence questions. They are good for true and false test questions.

Example of a definition flashcard:

Side 1: Dyslexia ( put the key term in the middle of the card).

Side 2:
1.    Impaired ability to learn to read.
2.    A learning disability in which a person finds it difficult to read and write.
You may like to include a picture of a person reading a book!
(Having a picture to go with you definition helps you make visual links with the key word.)

Tips for making good flashcards:

  • Use a reasonable size card and write legibly!
  • Don’t try to cram too much information onto one card. (The general rule is no more than five key ideas).
  • Always try to understand what the concept or definition before you write a flash card for it.
  • Where possible use your own words, never just copy! (I know it is tempting to just copy!)
  • If you are writing flash cards by hand, draw a picture of symbol that might help you recall the information more easily.
  • Test yourself often and make a pile of the ones you might struggle with memorising and review these more often.
  • Get a friend or family member to test you.
  • Most of your time should be spend learning the flash cards, not creating them!

The Flashcard Machine

The Flash Card Machine

The flashcard machine is a free web application that enables users to create interactive web-based study flash cards and share them with others. It is easy to use and user-friendly.

There are several groups of flash cards up on this site with various VCE subjects already in the data base!

Website: flash card machine