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What are Flashcards & their uses?

What are flashcards?

Flashcards are small virtual cards used for testing and improving memory through practiced information retrieval.
Flashcards are typically two-sided, with the prompt on one side and the information about the prompt on the other. This may include names, vocabulary, concepts, or procedures. For example, one side of the card may say, “Augusta”, and the other side, “The capital of Maine”. Usually there are several flashcards that, as a group, represent a category of information you’re trying to remember, learn, and master.


Flashcards are often part of spaced practice, and repetition helps you figure out what information you can remember easily and what needs additional effort.
Here’s the good news: with repetition, you will remember more and more, therefore forgetting less and less. The “forgetting curve” levels out, and the learning becomes “durable”. (Essentially, this means you will remember the information long term!)

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Updated on: 07/06/2022

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