Flashcards have been around for years to help students’ understand concepts and recall information. You’ve probably used flashcards to memorize your multiplication tables or study vocabulary words.
Flashcards are just as popular now as ever. That’s because they do their job, and they do it well. Only in this age of technology and mobile devices, can you take flashcards to the next level and apply them to eLearning. With online learning tools and mobile apps, like our mobile platform, you can access digital flashcards on your phone or tablet to help you consume and retain critical information for your job.
Why do Flashcards Work?
The flashcard format requires learners to look at one side of the card and recall the information from the other side. This process engages a mental faculty called active recall. You are remembering a concept from scratch rather than simply staring at text in a book or selecting from multiple-choice options. Active recall creates stronger neuron connections and enhances memory.
The more times you review a concept, the stronger your memory will be. With flashcards existing as separate cards, you are able to sort them based on whether you need to study them again. This practice creates more efficient learning by allowing you to study the ones you don’t know as well.
Use Metacognitive Faculties for Increased Retention
Flashcards allow you to interact with information to make it easier to retain. When you reveal the answer side of a flashcard, you are essentially asking yourself, “How did my answer compare to the correct answer?” This type of self-reflection is metacognition. Using metacognition tends to ingrain memories deeper into your brain.
Rather than trying to memorize a 20-page chapter in a textbook, flashcards break information down into bite-sized chunks of eLearning. A flashcard holds a single concept. A deck of flashcards contains similar information on the same topic. This focus allows you to absorb and retain information more easily.
Convenient, On-Demand Learning
Online learning means that your flashcards are with you everywhere you go. You can pull up our CatalystXL mobile app on your phone or tablet while you’re sitting in an airport or waiting for a meeting to start. It’s at your fingertips whenever you need it.
Work At Your Own Pace
You can use flashcards whenever the mood strikes you. Review content over the weekend. Study in short bursts when you have extra time. You are in control of how and when you learn the material.
Access to Just-In-Time Information
You can receive updated materials that are simply uploaded to the mobile app, and you can access that information immediately. You have instant access to the content you need to learn.
Flashcards are one of the most effective tools to help you internalize large amounts of information. By breaking the material down into digestible chunks, you’re able to consume and retain more information and remember it for a longer period of time.
Quick, what is 9 times 9? You’re right – It’s 81!