Creating and using note cards can alleviate anxiety about remembering facts throughout an academic term as well as provides a portable study tool. An additional advantage of using note cards is to present written information out of sequence. This will help you learn the information free of association to the information it precedes and follows. They are especially helpful when trying to learn new vocabulary.
- 3 x 5 cards can hold important information from notes and reading. Write the clue or question on one side, and the answer on the other.
- Begin compiling the cards early in the term. Carry the cards with you and review the information many times during the day and evening.
- The information that does not come to mind readily can be reviewed more often or placed in a “critical” stack. Repetition is a great way to learn the material.
When would you use them?
Foreign Languages. Are you taking French, or Spanish? Place English on one side, and your language on the other.
Science. Science courses often contain a mountain of new vocabulary words. By placing the word on one side of the card and the definition on the opposite side, you can quiz yourself any time of the day or week.
Math Classes. Are you trying to memorize a process, or equation, but cannot remember what its use is? Place the formula on one side, and its purpose on the other. By flipping through your note cards, you can learn both at the same time, and prevent confusion by exam day.
Not only do you have the convenience of an instant quizzing tool, but in order to make the cards, you force yourself to study!
If you would like to learn more about note cards, schedule an appointment with someone in Learning Support Services by calling 663-2281.