Flash cards are a great learning tool for all ages. They can help children from toddler age all the way through college to memorize information over a wide range of topics and subjects, whether a toddler is learning objects, words or numbers for the first time, or a teenager is focusing on the periodic table of the elements.
Flashcards make learning easier because they eliminate lots of overwhelming information found in text. They boil down information into one or two words, says educational resource Classroom.synonym.com.And according to web and mobile education platform Brainscape, they actually work.
The science behind that is three-fold, adds Brainscape.
1.Flashcards engage “active recall,” which helps memorize better. It’s like looking at it for the first time every time you see the card, while making it possible to repeat the information over and over.
2. Flashcards utilize metacongnitive (also known as self-reflection) faculties. This means the information becomes ingrained in you when you look at the card to see if your answer was the right one.
3. Flashcards allow for confidence-based repetition. This means, as you memorize informatiion on some of the cards, becoming confident that you know them, you can separate the cards according to those you know and those you still need to work on. This manner of learning isn’t possible with a book.
You can also shuffle flashcards, which keeps a child from memorizing a list of information, rasther than the information itself, says Classroom.synonym.com. Rearranging helps the child to actually know the information itself so that he will know it even when it stands alone.