Flash cards are great study tools that everyone probably remembers using at some point in their academic career. Pre-made flashcards are available for common subjects, but they can be pricey and might not cover everything you need. If you’re studying something less common, they might not even exist. Making your own flashcards is tedious and time-consuming. The answer to this dilemma is a flash card maker.
Flash card makers are generally computer applications or websites that allow the user to make their own flash cards and then either print them out or use them on some kind of electronic media device. Some flash card makers have made them available in an iPod format, so that instead of carrying around a stack of flashcards, you can study them on your iPod.
Many flash card makers allow the user to import data from a set, such as list of study words or a glossary of definitions. They also allow the user to make custom flash cards, which is good for when the set of data is not computerized, or if a student knows they need to study one thing more than another.
A lot of these websites also have a function so that users can share their flash cards, once they’re done. Teachers can make and post flash cards for students to print out or study online, and students in the same class can share the flashcards they made for themselves. Parents can make flash cards for their children in subjects they are struggling with, as well.
Flash cards can be formatted by the software into different printable sizes. Of course, if the student is reading them on his or her iPod, they’ll all be the same size, but if the student plans to print them out, they can make more or fewer flash cards fit on a piece of paper. Bigger flashcards could be useful for those with visual difficulties, or for longer passages of text. Smaller flashcards enable more to be made on one sheet of paper, and make a smaller stack of cards to carry.
Images can also be printed onto the flashcard at some websites, to make for more interesting study tools. These backgrounds might include concrete images like a sunset, or more abstract border art. Either way, they make studying a little more exciting for the student.
Some flash card making websites also have additional academic content, such as games and study material for the subject. Although there may be downloadable and CD-ROM software for sale, there are multiple online flash card making websites that are free to use. Some are supported by advertising, and some by donations.
Making your own flashcards has a lot of things to recommend it, and there are a lot of free ways to do it. So, the next time you’re faced with a studying situation and you can’t imagine hand-writing all four hundred vocabulary words for the semester, turn on your computer a find a free website to do it for you.