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Hit the books more effectively -- and get more A's -- with these study tips.
You Will Need
- Blank cards
- Pen or marker
- Questions and answers
- Highlighter (optional)
Write consistently and clearly
Write with consistent, clear handwriting on blank cards made out of sturdy paper.
Create categories for your flash cards, such as verbs and nouns, and write a number for the category in the corner of each card. Labeling the cards by category will help you reorganize your flash cards into sets if they get mixed up.
Stick to one question, one answer
Stick to one question, key term, or equation on the front of each card and place its corresponding answer on the back. Don't try to cram more information on one card than you can reasonably recall later.
Don't be wordy
Make the wording on each card as succinct as possible -- for instance, write "Capital of Brazil?" instead of "What is the capital of Brazil?"
Paste a picture that is representative of vocabulary words on the cards. This provides a visual clue for your brain to associate with the correct answer.
Practice studying with your flash cards by reading the front of each card and trying to remember the answer on the back. As you go, set aside the cards you already know well so you can concentrate on your weaker areas the next time. Your brain will thank you for it.