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Flashcards - when and how?

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Flashcards are a main staple of teaching and while a classic rote learning method, it is yet another tool to help keep variety in teaching methods. Flashcards have a bit of variety in how we can use and approach them. Even digital flashcards provide another way to utilise their effectiveness to learn and retain basic facts.




When images are added to relevant flashcards such as in mathematics for numbers or relevant diagrams in science flashcards, this can further enhance their practical practice powers. Some examples of how they can be used are listed below.


  1. Pair practice for revision

  2. Constant Time Delay (CTD) method

  3. Flashcard whispers

  4. Matching activity

  5. Top-it


#1. Pair practice is simply giving pairs of student flashcards and allowing them time and space to practice their learning and fluency over time.


#2. Constant Time Delay method is done by giving the student increasing windows of time in which to answer with the correct solution after first introducing them to the content of the cards.


#3. Flashcard whispers is like the old game chinese whispers, where a first student looks at a flashcard and whispers the flashcard content to the person in front and then on and on down a group and the final student who has to state the answer to the problem they hear.


#4. If flashcards have both answer and question on separate flashcards, then a matching activity is another way to keep it fresh and use these small tools in class.


#5. Top-It is a variation on the game War! where each player will be dealt an equal number of cards. Each player can flip over a car and those with the greatest sum or difference wins that round. The players play many rounds until a winner is crowned who has the most points.


Above are just some of the ways that flashcards can be used and they can be even more useful, but these are some of my uses and starters to help get going with using interesting flashcards.


Cheers, thanks for reading and stay curious.

Oliver - The Teaching Astrophysicist


If you are interested in seeing my flashcards which are mainly for the younger years (but more to come in the future), then please click here!


(Note: This blog post was NOT generated by AI and is conceived, typed and uploaded by a real person.)

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