How to Memorize Flashcards More Efficiently — Rising Fellow

by the time you get to the last month of studying for a test, in addition to doing as many practice problems and practice tests as possible, you’re probably also focused on memorizing an intimidating stack of flashcards. I’ll be honest, I always hated the tedium of memorizing flashcards.

Over the years, I’ve tried different approaches to figure out how to memorize flashcards more efficiently and effectively. Here are three techniques I learned along the way that I think will save you a lot of time memorizing all the lists and formulas.

Reading: How to review your flash cars

by default, I think many people take a stack of flashcards and then flip through them in order, from top to bottom.

the problem is that in a stack of flashcards, there are three types of cards:

  • cards you know very well and immediately remember

  • cards you know well enough that you can remember without looking at the back

  • cards you don’t know and need to look at the back to find the answer

    The problem with going directly through a stack is that you see each of these card types with the same frequency. Ideally, you want to see the cards you don’t know much more often than the ones you know very well. otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time reviewing cards that you’ve already fully memorized.

    instead, this is the approach I used:

    • take a stack of cards for a particular job or section of the syllabus.

    • Pick up the top card. if you know the card, place it to the side in a separate discard pile. if you don’t know the card, put the card back on the bottom of the pile you’re reviewing.

    • keep moving until all the cards in the pile are in the discard pile.

      When you use this method, you only see the cards you know once each time you check the stack. you’ll see the cards you don’t know multiple times (maybe 3 or 5+ times) before correctly remembering them to put them on the discard pile. This way, you spend a lot more time with the difficult cards that you haven’t memorized yet.

      See also: How long does it take to review a cars exam

      Another benefit of this technique is that you end up mixing up the cards for a particular role. when you always see the cards in the same order each time, you can remember the cards just because you remember the previous card. when the cards get a bit messy, you need to think more to remember correctly. this also helps you memorize flashcards.

      This is a popular technique for language learning. the idea is that you’ll see a new word several times during a lesson, but words you’ve already learned, you’ll see much less often, just enough so you don’t forget them.

      Here’s how I incorporate this idea:

      When I go through a stack of flashcards and hit one, I know it so well that I immediately remember when I see the prompt, I put that card in a separate stack that I’ll only read once a week or so. . again, the goal is not to waste time reviewing flashcards I’ve already memorized.

      here are the stacks of flashcards i used:

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