I’ve been using ‘flashcards’ as a revision tool for several years now. I buy little packs of coloured record cards from the supermarket, and pupils are encouraged to make their own notes on the cards.
I encourage the pupils to write a word or name of a concept on the front of the card (e.g. “acceleration”), and then an explanation on the back. The explanation can be really short and simple, or may be in several parts, depending on the level of study.
These cards can be used in class, at home, alone or with a buddy, a family member… they can be used in many different ways. Pupils have enjoyed using them to learn.
It reinforced the theory of improving memory and recall through short, sharp bursts of revision, carried out at increasing time intervals. Revise it now (in class). Revise it again 30 minutes from now. Do it again in a few hours. Wait a few days and revise it again.
With the increasing prevalence of mobile phones, tablets and so on, I wanted to find something that replicated the ‘flashcard’ revision experience but in an electronic format.
Something that could be done ‘on the go’ (sitting on the sofa, while on the bus, at a friend’s house…). Something that uses an APP!
I chose Brainscape. This can be accessed online at www.brainscape.com, and there are apps available on Android and iOS. It’s free for pupils to access. They need to sign up using an email account.