With all new technology, I sometimes forget that some of the best study strategies for my students are the old fashioned ones. Making flashcards out of simple note cards is actually my favorite study strategy. It causes the student to be active in writing out the questions and answers by hand. This alone allows students to be more “present” in their learning. I also love that students can study completely independently with flashcards, by asking themselves the questions and checking their answers. Here are a few “twists” on studying with flashcards that can make it even more fun:
1. Get it Right – Have students work in partners answering the flashcards. One student will quiz the other first. If the student gets the card correct, put it in a pile. If they get the answer wrong, put the card in a separate pile. The incorrect cards must be given again until the student gets all the answers right. Then, students can switch roles.
2. Shout it Out – The teacher shows one flashcard question at a time to partners or a group. Whichever students shouts out the answer quickest earns that card.
3. Around the World Style – The teacher shows one flashcard question to two students standing next to each other. Whichever student gets that question right will move to the next student and they will complete. The student who gets it wrong will sit down in that spot. The goal is for one student to go all the way around the room getting answers correct.