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How to Make Effective Flash Cards

Watch more How to Study videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make effective flash cards for memorization with these techniques. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Write consistently and clearly Write with consistent, clear handwriting on blank cards made out of sturdy paper. Tip Test your pen or marker on a spare card to make sure the ink is clearly visible but doesn't bleed through the paper. Step 2: Create categories Create categories for your flash cards, such as verbs and nouns, and write a number for the category in the corner of each card. Labeling the cards by category will help you reorganize your flash cards into sets if they get mixed up. Step 3: Stick to one question, one answer Stick to one question, key term, or equation on the front of each card and place its corresponding answer on the back. Don't try to cram more information on one card than you can reasonably recall later. Tip The process of making flash cards helps commit the information to memory, so encourage students to make them on their own. Step 4: Don't be wordy Make the wording on each card as succinct as possible -- for instance, write "Capital of Brazil?" instead of "What is the capital of Brazil?" Tip Use a highlighter or pen to underline the key words in longer answers. Step 5: Add pictures Paste a picture that is representative of vocabulary words on the cards. This provides a visual clue for your brain to associate with the correct answer. Step 6: Study Practice studying with your flash cards by reading the front of each card and trying to remember the answer on the back. As you go, set aside the cards you already know well so you can concentrate on your weaker areas the next time. Your brain will thank you for it. Did You Know? Research shows that memories are at least partly processed and sent to the brain's storage and retrieval system during deep sleep.
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