How to make great flashcards and revision cards

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You’ll be able to revise and test yourself on the go with flashcards and revision cards. Here’s how you can create your own.

Why make flashcards and revision cards?

Flashcards are small, double-sided pieces of card with a question on the front and its answer on the back of the card. You can use them to test yourself by reading the question and checking you know what the answer is before you read the reverse side.

Revision cards are often larger than flashcards. This means they can contain more detailed information and key points can be emphasised with colour or highlighting.

Flashcards and revision cards are a really useful way of breaking your revision down into little chunks of information that you can test yourself on.

Tips for making great flashcards and revision cards

  • As a few examples, you can use flashcards to create: questions and answers, key terms and their definitions, dates and events, names of people and their quotes
  • Write the answers on the back of your flashcards in pencil, so you won’t risk being able to see it through the card
  • Make your revision cards memorable and easy to read by using different colours and highlighting
  • Use your cards in a group, and get family or friends to test you as well as testing yourself
  • Place your cards in three piles according to whether you know them, partly know them or don’t know them at all. Focus on the cards you don’t know and partly know and try to move them to the known pile
  • Test yourself regularly on the cards – not just once.


Advice from the TSR community on making flashcards and revision cards

For me they really help as they break the information up a bit although I put as much info on one revision card as it is humanly possible. My sister uses flashcards – putting words on one side and definitions on the other, so she can learn both and test herself.

Both work for us, but it hasn't worked when we've tried each other's methods, so it really depends how you learn best.

furryface12

Flashcards are useful for remembering anything, however, they're more useful if you have somebody else using them to test you, as you naturally try harder to answer the question and focus on finding the answer more than if you're testing yourself.

The more you recall the correct information purely from memory, the stronger your memory of that information gets.

Rucksaps

Test yourself by reading the front of each card and trying to recall the answer. If you get an answer correct, place that card in a pile designated for facts you've memorised. If you miss an answer, put that card in a pile of facts you still need to learn.

Retry the questions you've missed until you've memorised all the flashcards.

Shaw95

How to create flashcards and revision cards online

Use our flashcard tool to build your own set of flashcards. You can use them to test yourself online, or print them off and fold them to make double-sided cards.  

We also have a tool that allows you to create revision cards that you can either print out or use to test yourself online. Choose different fonts, colours and formatting to highlight key information and make it stand out. If you test yourself online, our tool will remove keywords that you’ll have to identify and put back in the right place.

If you’d prefer to use existing sets of flashcards and revision cards, there are thousands of sets covering every subject at every level in our Resource Library.

Here are some quick links depending on which exams you're taking:

GCSE flashcards and revision cards
A-level flashcards and revision cards
BTEC flashcards and revision cards
University flashcards and revision cards

To find more revision tools, go to the resources hub.

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