Creative Flash Cards
18 March 2009
Author: Karen Bulmahn
Test taking is generally not a favorite activity for a teen. Studying for the test is almost as appealing as going to the dentist, especially when it requires memorization. An easy way for students to master memorizing facts is to use flash cards. Here are a few ways to create your own cards to help make study time more efficient and productive.
For memorizing states and capitals, stamp or print the state name on the front of cardstock squares, and the capital on the back. Once all the cards are made, punch a hole in the top corner of all the cards and hold them together with a binder ring. (See example photo) Flip cards to check if answers are correct.
When working with math facts, such as multiplication and division, small chips can be made using punches. Print problems on circles and the answers on squares. Mix them up and lay them out face down on a flat surface. Play a matching game, choosing a circle and a square on each turn. Try to find the answer that matches the problem. If the answer is not correct, turn them both back down and try again on your next turn. If the answer is correct, remove the pieces from the surface. This is a great game to play with others.
Associations are made much easier when differences are used, such as size, colors, or shapes of cards. For spelling words, try using cardstock rectangles and graduating the sizes in a small flip-stack. Print the shortest words on the smaller sized cards and work from there to end the stack with the longest word. Bind them together by punching a hole through the left end of each card and tying them with a ribbon.
Studying and memorization doesn’t have to be dreadful. With a little inventive thinking and creativity, preparing for tests can be enjoyable. Time spent creating fun flash cards is well worth the effort and can surely help to improve test grades!