Using flash cards for studying

".. index cards, index cards, index cards! I should invest in index card stock!! I take the pics from the lab content, cut them out, paste them to an index card and write all relevant info. on them. Then, I read them over and over and over. When I'm not studying via index cards, I am attempting to regurgitate the info." Student, Lori M.

Making flash cards can be a very effective form of studying. Learning with cards can tell you what you DON'T know, and makes you work on your weaknesses.

buy a lot of 3X 5 index cards;
make one card for each important fact, structure or concep (example);
        write fact or concept name on one side;
        use lecture notes and objectives but write  description of term, in your own words,  on other side;
        use as few words as needed, in large font;
        if information includes structures then draw pictures, on same side as term;

always take and use cards with you during your daily schedule;

shuffle cards (term/picture side up) and then state, out loud,  the description of the term;

shuffle cards (description side up) and then state, out loud,  the term;

shuffle cards (description side up) and then describe the picture;

arrange the cards to "construct"  a structure that represents the concept (for instance, arrange cards in an orderly sequence of time, or location, or procedure);

share cards with other students;

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Use down time during your day to do more effective studying with index cards.

Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

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