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How to Create the Best Revision Cards

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  1. What are revision cards?
  2. How can my child use revision cards?
  3. Is using revision cards enough?

 

Revision is one of the most important stages of exam preparation. It often ends up deciding how well your child is going to score in an exam. Therefore, choosing the right revision strategy is crucial. 

The wrong strategy might make your child doubt themselves on the eve of the exam or in the exam despite having studied a lot. This means when it’s finally time for the test, your child will feel under confident and overworked.😞

Revision cards are one of the best revision strategies. These flashcards condense information into small, bite-sized chunks that your child can easily process and remember. Using different colours and images with these flashcards helps emphasise important information in a way that allows it to register in the brain.🧠 You can make your own revision flashcards using revision card templates that you can find online or you can buy blank revision cards and then just fill them up with your information. 

How can you study using revision cards with your child? Read more to find out. girl using revision cards to study

What are revision cards?

 

Revision cards are small, double-sided flashcards that emphasise key information. They usually mention the topic/question on one side and important details, keywords, mnemonics, etc., on the other. This helps the brain make better connections between those two pieces of information. 

These cards can be altered in a number of different ways in order to make them unique and memorable. Revision cards can include:

  • Images 

Drawing an image related to the question/keywords can help memorise it better. The human brain is excellent at remembering images and tends to associate with them in a broader manner than simple text. 

  • Colours 

If used wisely, colours can be a great add-on to revision cards. You can vary the colour and your pen-ink in order to create combinations that stand out to your child. Studies show that most people remember things written in red better than things written in blue. Bright colours like orange and yellow can be used to highlight important phrases. 

  • Mnemonics

Now, they don’t work for everyone, but mnemonics can prove to be an excellent learning tool for some. They help condense a lot of information into simple phonetic words, abbreviations, limericks, etc., that are much easier to remember. 

 

How can my child use revision cards?

 

Using flashcards is not about bombarding your child with information. There is a method to the madness. Using certain techniques can help your child streamline their revision process by using flashcards in an efficient, time-effective manner. Here are a few tips to help them use revision cards: 

  • One idea per card

Most people who use revision cards try to fit in too much information on them. A revision card is supposed to be a bite-sized factoid that your child’s brain can digest and remember with ease. You can help your child break down complex topics into several simple thoughts, each of which then gets its own card. 
  • Keep the sentences short

The revision cards don’t even need to have full sentences on them. Using an appropriate amount of keywords to convey an idea makes a flashcard work best. After you are done creating the cards, sit with your child to review the information on them and strike out any details that they deem unnecessary. 
  • Mind the size!

As a rule of thumb, revision cards are supposed to be ‘pocket-sized’. Anything bigger than that becomes a hassle to manage. Pocket-sized cards can be flipped through and carried anywhere easily. 
  • Use spaced repetition

Spaced repetition is one of the most successful revision strategies. It involves testing how much your child remembers at frequent intervals to help reiterate information and get them to recall the information they are learning.

Once they are done testing, you can separate the topics (cards) into three piles: 

  • Confident
  • Need more practice
  • Need a lot of practice. 

The third pile will contain the topics they are unsure about and will need to be revised and tested the most frequently. Once they are confident about the topics from that pile, they can be moved to the other two. 🔝

 

Is using revision cards enough? 

 

In most cases, no. While revision cards are a great learning tool for certain topics, others may require more engaging approaches. Subjects like organic chemistry that require your child to picture everything in 3D might be better revised with pictures, videos and 3D models. 

Other revision techniques like mind maps, quizzes, flowcharts, etc., can also be used to supplement revision cards depending on the topic. The goal should be to find the combination that helps your child revise best.

You should encourage your child to prepare for their examinations with enough time to go through a round of revisions. This can help them retain more information and perform better on exams. 

If your child is struggling with any topic during the exam preparation stage, consider reaching out to us at GoStudent. Our teachers can explain the concepts in an easy to understand manner and help your child with revision. With GoStudent, you can give your child the extra edge needed to succeed.  Start your kid’s learning journey

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